Category Archives: Meet a Local!

Reputation of Exceptional Santa Cruz Products Expands Regionally and Nationally

What do Oprah Winfrey, author John Grisham and Christina Aguilera have in common? They are all longstanding customers of Annieglass, Inc., now celebrating 30 years of creating “Art for the Table.” Is there anyone in Santa Cruz who doesn’t feel proud to say that Annieglass is made right in our own town? I certainly did…

Sarah Gerhardt: First Woman to Surf Mavericks

Can you imagine surfing Mavericks like Santa Cruz’s very own Sarah Gerhardt?  Riding waves so big you can drive a double-decker bus through the barrel!?  Well Sarah G. took on the challenge and will forever be known as the first woman to surf the big waves at Mavericks.  Check out the inspiring video on this…

Bargetto Winery Awards Olivia Teutschel the Honor of First Woman Winemaker in 81 Years of Winemaking History

If you spotted 27 year old Olivia Teutschel in a local coffee shop ordering a latte, you would never suspect that moments later she would be on a forklift unloading grapes at Bargetto Winery or inside of a tank scrubbing and pressure washing. As the first female winemaker in the 81 years of winery history,…

Assembly Executive Chef Carlo Espinas Creates Menu Featuring Locally Sourced Wine and Food

Carlo Espinas, new-to-town chef for Assembly Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, says that when he cooks, he usually makes too much food. It’s a habit that was formed when cooking for his large Filipino family (including 46 cousins just on his mom’s side), and it’s still influencing him. He says, “Our culture centers around the table—laughing, chatting…

Meet a Local: Kitesurfer Lydia Snider

We recently caught up with local entrepreneur and kitesurfer Lydia Snider after her talk wowed us at Event Santa Cruz, a monthly series featuring successful businesses in Santa Cruz and the dynamic people behind them. EAST MEETS WEST When Lydia Snider bought her first wet suit, it was a big deal. Having grown up in…

The Kitchen is Where the Heart Is!

Downtown Santa Cruz, my kids and I know it well. The sights and sounds–colorful window displays, street performers, familiar shop owners–can turn a simple stroll down Pacific Avenue into a great kids activity. Toss in some recent rainy weather and cabin fever and it’s an all out puddle-splashing adventure! Who needs umbrellas when we can…

Charlie Hong Kong Owners Maintain Grassroots Campaign for Better Food Policies

Charlie Hong Kong owner Carolyn Rudolph eats at her own restaurant every day. As a food activist for healthier eating habits, why wouldn’t she? “Every time a person buys a product from an organic farmer, they become an agent of change by giving him their vote,” she says. A dedicated kitchen staff chops 500 lbs….

Bargetto Family Shares 80th Anniversary Celebration with Community

The story of how fourth generation director of winemaking John Bargetto came to write the history of Bargetto Winery began with another story. Before even contemplating the book “Vintage Bargetto: Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking,” he wrote a short story set in the ‘20s about Prohibition, which turned into a long story. “You know,…

From Film Festival to Guitar Festival, Two Events to Keep on Your Radar

Santa Cruz is home to more than twenty of the world’s most admired luthiers, or makers of stringed instruments. That fun fact comes to us via Jayme Kelly Curtis, a local musician who is bringing the first ever Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival to Santa Cruz in February 2014. Up first, though, is the…

Thoughtful Thursday

Open Studios is full of lovely surprises. Read more about this self-guided art tour and go behind the scenes with artist Liz Lyons Friedman.

Category Archives: Meet a Local!

Reputation of Exceptional Santa Cruz Products Expands Regionally and Nationally

What do Oprah Winfrey, author John Grisham and Christina Aguilera have in common? They are all longstanding customers of Annieglass, Inc., now celebrating 30 years of creating “Art for the Table.” Is there anyone in Santa Cruz who doesn’t feel proud to say that Annieglass is made right in our own town? I certainly did…

Sarah Gerhardt: First Woman to Surf Mavericks

Can you imagine surfing Mavericks like Santa Cruz’s very own Sarah Gerhardt?  Riding waves so big you can drive a double-decker bus through the barrel!?  Well Sarah G. took on the challenge and will forever be known as the first woman to surf the big waves at Mavericks.  Check out the inspiring video on this…

Bargetto Winery Awards Olivia Teutschel the Honor of First Woman Winemaker in 81 Years of Winemaking History

If you spotted 27 year old Olivia Teutschel in a local coffee shop ordering a latte, you would never suspect that moments later she would be on a forklift unloading grapes at Bargetto Winery or inside of a tank scrubbing and pressure washing. As the first female winemaker in the 81 years of winery history,…

Assembly Executive Chef Carlo Espinas Creates Menu Featuring Locally Sourced Wine and Food

Carlo Espinas, new-to-town chef for Assembly Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, says that when he cooks, he usually makes too much food. It’s a habit that was formed when cooking for his large Filipino family (including 46 cousins just on his mom’s side), and it’s still influencing him. He says, “Our culture centers around the table—laughing, chatting…

Meet a Local: Kitesurfer Lydia Snider

We recently caught up with local entrepreneur and kitesurfer Lydia Snider after her talk wowed us at Event Santa Cruz, a monthly series featuring successful businesses in Santa Cruz and the dynamic people behind them. EAST MEETS WEST When Lydia Snider bought her first wet suit, it was a big deal. Having grown up in…

The Kitchen is Where the Heart Is!

Downtown Santa Cruz, my kids and I know it well. The sights and sounds–colorful window displays, street performers, familiar shop owners–can turn a simple stroll down Pacific Avenue into a great kids activity. Toss in some recent rainy weather and cabin fever and it’s an all out puddle-splashing adventure! Who needs umbrellas when we can…

Charlie Hong Kong Owners Maintain Grassroots Campaign for Better Food Policies

Charlie Hong Kong owner Carolyn Rudolph eats at her own restaurant every day. As a food activist for healthier eating habits, why wouldn’t she? “Every time a person buys a product from an organic farmer, they become an agent of change by giving him their vote,” she says. A dedicated kitchen staff chops 500 lbs….

Bargetto Family Shares 80th Anniversary Celebration with Community

The story of how fourth generation director of winemaking John Bargetto came to write the history of Bargetto Winery began with another story. Before even contemplating the book “Vintage Bargetto: Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking,” he wrote a short story set in the ‘20s about Prohibition, which turned into a long story. “You know,…

From Film Festival to Guitar Festival, Two Events to Keep on Your Radar

Santa Cruz is home to more than twenty of the world’s most admired luthiers, or makers of stringed instruments. That fun fact comes to us via Jayme Kelly Curtis, a local musician who is bringing the first ever Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival to Santa Cruz in February 2014. Up first, though, is the…

Thoughtful Thursday

Open Studios is full of lovely surprises. Read more about this self-guided art tour and go behind the scenes with artist Liz Lyons Friedman.