Author Archive | Kathryn McKenzie

Santa Cruz Church to Serve Pints With a Purpose

August 14, 2018 – It’s no accident that the Bible is loaded with references to food, drink and community. Caring for people is about feeding bodies as well as souls. Now a local church is adding another dimension to this idea—by building a restaurant and brewery in downtown Santa Cruz where Sunday services will also be offered.

Leaders of the progressive Greater Purpose Community Church have leased the huge space that previously housed iconic Logos bookstore on Pacific Avenue and are planning the remodel, with a hoped-for opening in summer or fall of 2019.

Envisioned is a full restaurant on the street level and a brewery in the basement, going by the name Greater Purpose Brewing Company.

“I hope it totally changes people’s perception of Christianity,” says GPCC pastor Christopher … Read More

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Lonely Mountain Farm Inspires SF Chef and Team

August 7, 2018 – Chef Evan Gotanda doesn’t do anything halfway, especially when it comes to the ingredients he selects for his menus. Gotanda, chef de cuisine for hip San Francisco restaurant Salt House, believes in seeing where his food comes from and that’s why he brought his crew out to Lonely Mountain Farm in Corralitos.

Lonely Mountain—owned and farmed by Kenny and Molly Baker—supplies a cornucopia of organic herbs and vegetables to Salt House during the summer, and Gotanda thinks it’s vital for his cooks and other co-workers to know where their produce comes from. So the group of 20- and 30-something city kids tromped around the 12-acre farm on Sunday, biting into sun-warmed produce picked fresh in the field, learning what it takes to grow such wonders and … Read More

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Staff of Life to Open Natural Food Store in Watsonville

July 28, 2018 – Social media was buzzing after a surprise announcement that Staff of Life Market—a Santa Cruz favorite for almost 50 years—is inking a deal to open a second store in Watsonville. Residents are already applauding, saying that a store dedicated to natural and organic foods has long been needed there.

Watsonville mayor pro tem Jimmy Dutra revealed on his Facebook page last week that the market will take over a space in the East Lake Village shopping center, where SuperMax Discount Foods closed in May.

Staff of Life co-owner Richard Josephson confirmed this week that the store was going forward, and anticipated signing a lease agreement in the next week or two with Oaktree Property Co., which manages the shopping center. The projected opening date is May … Read More

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Wylder Space Creates Unforgettable Parties and Events

Picture a wooded grove somewhere high above the Monterey Bay. As you walk into the clearing hung with old-fashioned string lights, you hear the sound of a banjo playing, accompanied by harmonica. On rustic tables decorated with fresh lavender, a delicious dinner is waiting, and you are greeted by name as you take your seat and sip a refreshing drink while savoring the sound of laughter and the aroma of the nearby woods.

All this has been conjured by Wylder Space—a new event planning company that seeks to not just organize your party or celebration—but also to make everyone feel at home and well taken care of.

“Our mission is to create experiences for our clients,” says Wylder Space co-founder Molly Bravo. “We want them to walk away saying, ‘Holy cow! … Read More

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Monterey’s new café Captain + Stoker combines coffee, cycling and conversation


Not long after opening Captain + Stoker in March, owners Wendy and Peterson Conway were pleasantly surprised to see a pack of about 20 cyclists stop in for an espresso or two at the newly launched café in downtown Monterey.

Despite the Conways’ own passion for cycling, these kindred spirits were not people whom they’d previously met. And that’s just what the Conways were hoping for.

“This is exactly what we saw in Italy,” says Wendy, who, along with her husband, has fond memories of biking to little coffeehouses there and communing with other two-wheeled adventurers. In Italy, coffee and cycling just naturally seem to go together.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the … Read More

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