Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman

Dream Inn Opens Jack O’Neill Restaurant

February 12, 2019 – The Dream Inn is leaning into local with the opening of the new Jack O’Neill Restaurant in the space that was formerly Aquarius, overlooking Cowell Beach and the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz.

To prepare for the new surfside restaurant—set to open to the public on February 20—the hotel has joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program for the first time and started sourcing produce from local farms. It has also introduced a new bar menu using Santa Cruz-made Venus spirits, Santa Cruz Mountain wines and local craft beers, and it is partnering with the O’Neill Sea Odyssey teaching vessel so that staff members will be able to tell the story of the Monterey Bay.

“We’re sitting here on one of the best marine sanctuaries … Read More

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Snap Taco Coming to Santa Cruz

January 26, 2019 – The talented team behind the Penny Ice Creamery and the Picnic Basket in Santa Cruz is gearing up to launch a new restaurant called Snap Taco in the building that used to house Assembly Restaurant.

“It’s going to be a new school taco joint with flavors inspired from all over planet earth,” says Zach Davis, co-owner with Kendra Baker. “The idea is to do something fun and casual that’s family-friendly. I think that’s what people are looking for.”

Davis and Baker are partnering on Snap Taco with chef Mark Denham, formerly of Soif and La Posta, and manager Sarah Shields. They hope to open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch by the end of February.

In addition to an assortment of reasonably-priced street tacos, with plenty of … Read More

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Ron Mendoza Eyes New Seaside Venture in Brewery

January 15, 2019 – Talented pastry chef Ron Mendoza has a new venture up his sleeve. Since leaving Revival Ice Cream last September, we’ve been anxiously awaiting his next project and it turns out he will be teaming up with friends from Other Brother Olive Oil to open what he calls a “temple of fermentation” at the Other Brother Beer Co. — under construction at 877 Broadway in Seaside.

Mendoza says he plans to sub-lease kitchen space inside the 7,000 square foot brewery and prepare foods based on Other Brother products, like olive oil gelato, breads using spent grains and beer floats.

“I used to use their olive oil at Revival and we developed a friendship through our mutual love for skateboarding,” Mendoza says. The new business will be called Ad … Read More

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Fine Dining Chefs Launch Soquel Café

January 8, 2019 – Four fine dining chefs—all veterans of the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant Sons & Daughters in San Francisco—are about to open an unpretentious breakfast and lunch spot in Soquel village.

“I was done with the city. I had a thirst for a higher-quality of life and wanted a place to raise my family and live closer to nature,” says Matt McNamara who pulled back from his role as chef/partner at Sons & Daughters five years ago to start an 83-acre organic farm called Ox & Willow near Summit Rd. in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Joining him at the new Soquel spot are Alex and Jen Jackson, a husband and wife duo who cooked at farm-to-table style restaurants in Portland and Austin before moving to San Francisco, where Alex … Read More

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Vegetable ABCs Inspire Cookbook

December 18, 2018 – Renowned Santa Cruz graphic artist and sign painter Stephen Hosmer is releasing his vegetable ABC series as a large-format cookbook, just in time for holiday gift giving. Working in collaboration with his daughter Ashley Malia Hosmer—a professional chef—the father/daughter duo created the cookbook so families could experience good, healthy food together, while teaching the alphabet to young ones. 

“Now that my kids and their friends are having their own kids, I see that they care a great deal about what they feed their children,” says Steve. “They may even care more than we did during the health food revolution of the 1970s.”

There are 26 recipes in the book, each corresponding to a letter of the alphabet. Some are straightforward like the “F” recipe for Fennel … Read More

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