Wood Fire Woodie pizzeria opens in SV

Wood Fire Woodie, the former mobile catering company, is officially stationary. Opening night was Tuesday at Pat and Mariah Flanagan's new Scotts Valley pizzeria, which replaces Falafel at 3105 Scotts Valley Drive.

Wood Fire Woodie is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call 316-9001 or visit www.woodfirewoodie.com.

Good Food finalists include Verve, Chez Pim

Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters made its debut as a Good Food Award finalist this week. Returning winner Pim Techamuanvivit, a food blogger based in Santa Cruz, also made the list this year for her Flavor King Pluot jam.

The Good Food Awards are meant to honor small companies with products that are "tasty, authentic and responsibly produced." Winners will be announced in January.

For a complete list of finalists, visit www.goodfoodawards.org.

Britannia Arms closes

The Aptos branch of Britannia Arms abruptly closed last week after 20 years on Soquel Drive, reportedly because of slowing business.

The pub's free comedy show, set for 8 p.m. Dec. 18, will move to Britannia Arms in Capitola. Headliner this month is Brendan Lynch with host Joe Hughes and comics Melanie Bega, Dave "Supe" Salisbury, Ben Castillo and Danny Allen. Dinner runs $8-$16.


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The Capitola Britannia Arms is at 110 Monterey Ave. Call 464-2583.

Butcher's night at Main St. to feature El Salch

Main Street Garden & Cafe is hosting a butcher's night Dec. 14 featuring meats from El Salchichero. The Soquel restaurant that evening will be serving bacon mimosas, rabbit pâté, beef tartar with roasted bone marrow, lamb sausage and wood-fired pork loin.

Dinner hours are 5-8:30 p.m. The restaurant is at 3101 North Main St. For reservations, call 477-9265 or visit www.mainstreetgardencafe.com.

Wine dinner returns to Cabrillo today, Thursday

The Cabrillo College Culinary Arts program today and Thursday will prepare its annual Winemaker's Dinner at Pino Alto Restaurant on campus. The advanced culinary class at the Aptos school will design and prepare a four-course menu with crab cakes and Swiss chard; elk with leek ash; porcini-crusted beef filet: roasted heirloom potatoes; and a trio of desserts.

Sones Cellars winemakers Lois and Michael Sones will discuss the complementary varietals for each course.

Produce and herbs used in the dinner were grown in part by Cabrillo's horticulture program students, and the servingware was made by members of the college's ceramics department.

Cost is $70 per person, not including tax and tip. Seatings are available between 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pino Alto is in the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive. Call 479-6524 or visit www.pinoaltorestaurant.org.

Dos Aguilas Olive Oil offers U-pick olives

Dos Aguilas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a grower in Aptos, has Tuscan olives available through Dec. 15 for picking or purchasing. Four varieties are ready at different stages of ripeness for anyone interested in curing their own.

Ladders are not required to pick at the orchard, comprised of 4-year-old trees around 6 feet tall. A pound, which fits into a one-quart jar, can be harvested in about a minute. Pre-picked olives are also available by the pound.

The orchard is in Pleasant Valley in Aptos. Call Roger at 252-0752 to reserve a picking time. Group reservations are also available. Visit www.dosaguilasoil.com for pricing and details.

Brezsny's pan-Asian cooking returns

Tom Brezsny, onetime co-owner of the original India Joze, will be re-creating several of the dishes from the early 1980s at the restaurant during a guest chef appearance next week in Soquel.

Michael's on Main will host Brezsny on Dec. 11 as part of the Soquel restaurant's Tuesday Night Pairing Dinners with Hahn Family wines. His pan-Asian menu will boast snapper djawa, ajampungang, yogurt-marinated spiced chicken, grilled beef satay, wok vegetables and corn celery fritters.

The dinner is $25 per person. Seatings are available 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ken Constable will perform. Michael's is at 2591 Main St., Soquel. Call 831-479-9777 or visit www.michaelsonmain.net.

Alfaro Vineyards pinot a top Chronicle pick

The San Francisco Chronicle has named an Alfaro Family Vineyards pinot noir among its magazine's Top 100 Wines of 2012.

The Corralitos winery was spotlighted for its 2010 Lester Family Vineyard vintage from Deer Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The pinot noir, which runs $38 a bottle, is "packed with juicy currant, iodine and juniper, and a subtle whack of new oak that accents, but doesn't obscure the beauty of the Aptos soils," the Chronicle writes.

Alfaro Family Vineyards is at 420 Hames Road. Tastings are $10. Call 728-5172 or visit www.alfarowine.com.

Croquenbouches come to Book Cafe eatery

Capitola Coffee Roasters and Patisserie, housed in Capitola Book Cafe, is hosting a tasting today of champagne and croquenbouche, the high-piled French dessert. Guests can bring their own styrofoam cones or other objects to create their own croquenbouches.

Unfilled cream puffs for DIY croquenbouches will be 75 cents each. Filled puffs for tasting will be $1.75 each.

The event runs 6 p.m. to close. Capitola Book Cafe is at 1475 41st Ave. Call 454-6768.

Summit Wineries celebrate the holidays

The Summit Wineries, a quintet in the Santa Cruz Mountains, will be celebrating the holidays this weekend with wine, gifts, live music and small plates. Festivities run noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Visit www.thesummitwineries.com.

Teen, adult bakers get own classes at New Leaf

New Leaf Community Markets is offering a pair of baking classes this week at the Westside Santa Cruz store with Chef Lauren Hoover-West's low-glycemic and gluten- and dairy-free cookies. Students can bring their own containers and take home an assortment of sweets.

The adult class is set for 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday. The teen class will be 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday. New Leaf is at 1101 Fair Ave. Preregistration is required. Call 426-1306, ext. 0, or visit www.newleaf.com.

Haute Enchilada marks 21st Amendment

Today marks the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, and Moss Landing's Haute Enchilada is celebrating with a half-off drink special. The cafe and gallery, off Highway 1 just south of Watsonville, will be serving up Mama Juanita Ponche de Granadas for $5 each to customers who utter the password: "Haute."

The fruity drink, served warm in a sifter with a cinnamon stick, is from the Mexican state of Jalisco and is usually served as an aperitif before a fiesta meal.

The Haute Enchilada is at 7902 Moss Landing Road. Call 633-5843 or visit www.hauteenchilada.com.

Burger King celebrates anniversary with Whopper deal

The Whopper, signature sandwich of Burger King, turns 55 years old this week. The fast-food chain is celebrating through Sunday, offering a 55-cent original Whopper if you buy any regular price Whopper. The offer is available at all five county franchises.

Quick Bites, your weekly helping of Santa Cruz County restaurant and food news, is compiled by local food writer Laura Copeland. Contact her at sentinelfood@gmail.com. Want local food and wine news as it happens? Follow the Sentinel's food crew on Twitter, @santacruzfood.


 

Editor's note: Tom Brezsny's event will be at Michael's, at 2591 Main St., Soquel. For details, visit www.michaelsonmain.net. The location and web address were incorrect in an earlier version of this article.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct information regarding Burger King's Whopper offer.