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Seven days of burger love
Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

Some of our top picks for best burger in Santa Cruz are on this list, so prepare to get your burger on!

Because burgers.

Tips All burgers are either $7 or $10 No pass necessary

Hosted by Wargin Wines
Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 Saturday, Nov 05, 2016 at Wargin Wines 11 Hangar Way, Watsonville map

The Watsonville Wine & Food Festival is on this Saturday, from 12pm to 4pm.

Try wines before you buy

Tips buy tickets in advance and save $10 must be 21+ food will be available

Hero chili cook off at the boardwalk
Bring your appetite and join the fun!
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

The 7th annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili cook-off is Saturday, October 22.

killer chili will be made & enjoyed in all forms -- including vegan, vegetarian, spicy, mild, beanless, and meaty varieties.

Tips tasting kits go on sale at 10 & sell out early bring water food & drink vendors at the Boardwalk will be open

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There's a burger for everyone in Surf City

Don't look now, but there is a formidable burger culture growing alongside the craft breweries and coffee roasters in Santa Cruz—with quality produce and local grass-fed beef readily available, top-flight burgers all over town. Whether you're looking for something on-the-cheap, a burger in a donut bun or something without any meat at all, you can kill any burger craving in Santa Cruz.

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at Gilda's on the Wharf
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 at Gilda's Restaurant 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz map • 8314232010

The other night, I was out on the wharf for an evening walk. I passed a family that looked like they must've just left a restaurant—full bellies, and all of the kids shirts were speckled with tomato sauce. Then I passed a couple sitting on a bench, watching the sun set. She had a tiny smudge of sauce on her cheek. Hmmm.. it must be spaghetti night somewhere.

Sometimes you are really hungry, sometimes spaghetti is a must. Gilda's is your kinds of place on Thursday nights!

Tips bring a friend or five! family friendly choose the meat sauce and skip the meat ball! change up your sauce with each serving.

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Hosted by Phil’s Fish Market
Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 500 Church St, Monterey map

The 21st Annual Ciao! Cioppino! Dinner & Auction is scheduled for April 9, 2016.

This even raises awareness and funds for Legal Services for Seniors’ in Monterey County.

Tips tickets are limited bring cash for no host bar get ready for the live auction to start after dinner

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Meet you at Cafe Brazil!
Friday, Apr 01, 2016 at 1410 Mission St, Santa Cruz map

A cup of hot coffee with continuous top offs, warm plates of potatoes, eggs and syrup drizzled french toast. Bowls of cold acai topped with fresh fruit and granola. Small glasses of fresh orange juice. These are the things lazy weekend breakfasts are made of.

This spot is a local favorite serving great breakfasts daily.

Tips Go early to avoid the wait Weekdays are less crowded Order a fresh juice or a mimosa from their juice bar while you wait Stop by the grocery shelves to pick up hard to find Brazilian cuisine ingredients

Hero santa cruz clam chowder cook off
Serving up Manhattan and Boston style Chowders!
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

Teams of chowder chefs come from all over the West coast to compete for the prestigious award of “Best Clam Chowder”.

You love clam chowder and are up for tasting a half-dozen or more recipes from the best chowder chefs around!

Tips bring your family eat a lite lunch before the tasting

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hosted by Design By Cosmic and The Abbey!
Friday, Feb 05, 2016 at 115 Cooper St, Santa Cruz map

Spend sometime with the baristas artists on February 5 at a First Friday Latte Art Throwdown.

Part of First Friday Festivities in downtown Santa Cruz.

Tips add this to your First Friday plan

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It’s time to enter the Chowder Cook-off!
Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

The 35th annual Clam Chowder Cook-off is Saturday, February 20, 2016.

You'll want to enter the cook-off because you love cooking chowder and serving people. Plus, the gifts and prizes are pretty good too!

Tips choose to make a Manhattan or Boston style chowder before you register

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Hosted by Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015

Get your passport ready, the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association’s passport day is November 21, 2015.

One of a few chances to tour 50+ local wineries, even those generally closed to the public

Tips get your passport stamped with this year’s commemorative stamp at each winery you visit passports ordered online will be mailed one week before Passport Day many wineries have limited access & parking - call before you hire a limo or bus

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Don’t forget to order your turkey!
Friday, Nov 20, 2015

November is flying by at warp speed, which means a very important date & deadline is approaching. It’s time to order your turkey! The actual date varies, as much as the cost. But I’m going to set the date for this Friday, but there’s a good chance many sizes and types will be sold out by then. So hop to it!

It’s not really Thanksgiving without one, and they sell out way before the big day!

Tips plan for ~1.5lbs of turkey per guest if you like left-overs

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Presented in partnership with Event Santa Cruz
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz map

Celebrating the launch of The Santa Cruz Beer Trail, join the mini-beer festival this Thursday night! Featuring a night of tastings from our region's top craft breweries, sip and sample craft beer from all your favorite breweries and explore new ones too!

this will be a fun night for craft beer fans.

Tips purchase tickets before the event don’t forget your ID

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Presented by Downtown
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 at The Food Lounge 1001 Center Street #1, Santa Cruz map

Taste the best of the Santa Cruz Mountains right here in the heart of the Central Coast as we present the Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk. Enjoy tastings from the best of our local wineries while strolling through some of your favorite Downtown shops. Check in at the Food Lounge for your pass and your glass, and a map of the pouring locations, then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering.

A lovely way to spend a Fall afternoon outside, with a date

Tips Sell out warning - purchase tickets soon

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Feel good drinking a slurpee with 7-Eleven’s promotion on 11/7
Saturday, Nov 07, 2015

This Saturday, November 7th you can stop by any 7-Eleven, choose any size Slurpee, and name the price you’d like to pay— $0.01 or $50. Why would you pay $50 for a slurpee? All proceeds, 100% from this special day, are going to Feeding America.

Perfect excuse to drink a slurpee and raise some money for local food banks.

Tips choose any size for any price - but beware of massive brain freeze

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Meet local vintners, enjoy award-winning wines and a
Friday, Oct 16, 2015 at 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos map

Join the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growers Association for a wine harvest dinner celebration. Dine under the stars at the Sesnon House of Cabrillo College. Local vintners will be pouring and a four course meal prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts Department of Cabrillo College will be served.

This celebration promises to be a culinary delight, plus it's in

Tips bring your friends & save $5! Book a table for 10 for $90/ticket

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At Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 101 N Big Trees Park Rd , Felton map

Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's time for the 21st Annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park!

A lovely seafood dinner in the Redwoods promises to be amazing!

Tips sell out alert -- buy your ticket early

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Experience Shannon McCarthy's incredible art
Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 at 207 McPherson Street , Santa Cruz map

Join Save Our Shores Sanctuary Speaker Series October 8th for a night of series fun, plus pizza, beer, marine debris art (crazy!) and live music.

I couldn't think of a better place to be for a Thursday night!

Tips RSVP on the Facebook event page (it's free!)