Pizza beat: Mountain Mike's to open in SV
Scotts Valley will soon be home to the newest member of the Mountain Mike's family. The pizza chain is now hiring for a location at 6006 La Madrona Drive in the former home of Red Brick Pizza, which closed last year after holding the spot since 2008.
Expected to open this spring, the new restaurant will be Mountain Mike's third in the county.
Buttermilk Bakery caters to gluten-free eaters
Motivated by the new Cottage Food Act, Live Oak resident Debbie Manning recently started a business in her home kitchen. Buttermilk Bakery offers a variety of breads, cakes and cupcakes geared toward customers with celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities.
Manning said that she's careful to avoid cross-contamination by not using any products containing the protein when cooking at home. Her products don't contain gluten, either, but cannot legally be labelled gluten-free.
Customers can pick up orders Mondays and Thursdays, respectively, at Clay Creations in Soquel and the Mountain Arts Center in Ben Lomond. Call 462-6265 or visit www.buttermilkbakery.com.
Brewery opens along Hwy. 1 near Pescadero
Highway 1 Brewing Company enjoyed a grand opening last weekend in Pescadero. Owners Jeff and Melissa Page debuted Amberdextrous, a deep and roasty ale;
The kitchen serves up small plates like bacon-sauteed brussels ($7.95) and coastal crab cakes with aioli ($10.95), along with entree portions of hop-fried chicken ($10.95) and grassfed Angus patties on ciabatta ($11.95).
The brewery is at 5720 South Cabrillo Highway, in the former home of Gazos Grill. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call 879-9243 or visit www.highway1brewing.com.
Spring crab feed coming to Chaminade
Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz is hosting a spring crab feed 6-9 p.m. Friday on the terrace. The menu will also offer herb-roasted chicken, artichokes, linguini and dessert.
Cost is $55 per person, which includes non-alcoholic beverages. Adult drinks will be available for purchase. The restaurant is inside the resort at 1 Chaminade Lane. Call 800-283-6569 or visit www.chaminade.com.
Stagnaro Bros. crab on menu at Kiwanis feed
The Kiwanis Club of Surf City will host its own annual Crab and Pasta Feed on March 30 at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge. Buffet tickets are $40 and include Dungeness crab from Stagnaro Bros., pasta, salad, garlic bread and dessert. The bar will have wine and cocktails for purchase.
Proceeds from the dinner, along with a silent auction and raffle tickets, will benefit local Kiwanis projects.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The Elks Lodge is at 150 Jewell St. For details, call Bert Bly at 831-438-0763 or visit www.surfcitykiwanis.com.
Gayle's to offer Passover meal
Passover dinner at Gayle's Bakery in Capitola next week will feature a choice of butterflied leg of lamb or beef brisket alongside haroset, roasted red potatoes, lemon asparagus, and honey-glazed carrots.
The dinners are $16.95 each and offered March 25-26. Cold takeout will be ready at 8 p.m. Hot dinners will be available starting at noon to go or eat in.
Gayle's is at 504 Bay Ave. Call 462-1200 or visit gaylesbakery.com.
Sid Slatter, Hunter Hill back at Michael's
Spring lamb is on the menu next week at Michael's on Main, with Sid Slatter cheffing the Soquel restaurant's Tuesday night pairing dinner. His father's wines from Hunter Hill Winery and music from Kevin McDowell will complement the meal.
Dinner runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Michael's is at 2591 S Main St. Call 479-9777 or visit www.michaelsonmain.net.
Eateries help Habitat
A pair of food-centric fundraisers in the coming weeks will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Shadowbrook will donate 30 percent of dinner tabs on Tuesday, March 26. Reservations are available 5-9 p.m. and can be made by calling 831-475-1511.
On April 3, Pizza My Heart in downtown Santa Cruz will contribute 30 percent of all orders.
Mention Habitat at the time of purchase and, in the case of Shadowbrook, when making a reservation.
Big-city baristas win brew battles
Despite the home-field advantage, no county baristas made it to the finals of the 2013 South West Regional Barista Competition at the Top of the Ritt downtown. Los Angeles baristas Eden-Marie Abramowicz of Intelligentsia and Charles Babinski of G&B Coffee took first and second place, respectively. Kevin Bohlin of San Francisco's Saint Frank Coffee, expected to open a retail shop later this year, placed third.
At New Leaf, learn Easter brunch, sans allergens
New Leaf Community Markets on Santa Cruz's Westside will host an Easter brunch cooking class March 27 with Lauren Hoover-West and naturopathic doctor Brad West. The pair will lead students in making quiche, baked eggs, Dutch baby pancakes, bacon and scones, each devoid of gluten and other common allergens.
Cost is $35. The class will run 6-8 p.m. at 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz. Registration is required. Visit www.newleaf.com or call 831-426-1306, ext. 0.
Quick Bites, your weekly helping of Santa Cruz County restaurant and food news, is compiled by Laura Copeland. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want local food and wine news as it happens? Follow the Sentinel's food crew on Twitter, @santacruzfood.