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January 09, 2017

Chef Jessica Yarr Chats Food, Redwoods, and Motherhood

All Photo by Garrick Ramirez

With a welcoming vibe, stylish space, and sincere commitment to local ingredients, Assembly represents the best of our contemporary food scene. So when they recently sought out a new chef, they found a perfect match in Jessica Yarr. The 32-year-old Santa Cruz native embodies the farm-to-table credo, and has delighted diners at noteworthy restaurants around town. We recently caught up with Jessica to ask what local spots she recommends to visitors, how she manages being a working parent to three young children, and what fun things she has planned for Assembly.

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December 27, 2016

Visit Our Happy Place: Venus Spirits

Venus Spirits interiors by stripe design
Photo courtesy of Garrick Ramirez

Santa Cruz is a renowned destination for wine and craft beer but, recently, it’s also begun attracting the attention cocktail and spirits fans thanks to a small-batch distillery producing a game-changing gin and the only “tequila” produced in California. Opened just two years, Venus Spirits is racking up awards for its delicious, organic spirits that have started popping up in some of the best restaurants and bars along the California coast. To truly appreciate the cool things happening under their label, you need to visit their stylish Westside tasting room and discover one of Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets.

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December 21, 2016

Welcome the New Year in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

We're less than two weeks away from welcoming the New Year. If you're looking to usher in 2017 with dining, dancing and maybe a balloon drop then you’re in the right spot. Our round-up has venues and occasions from A to Z that will have you celebrating in style. Make your reservations now, and have Santa Cruz be your locale for ringing in the New Year! Not into the party scene? No worries, there's always those daily spectacular sunset views.

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December 20, 2016

Your Santa Cruz County Holiday Stress Relievers

Photo by @lizkroft_sc_realtor

The holidays are supposed to be a time for slowing down and enjoying the company of good friends and family, but it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Christmas shopping, decorating, gift exchanges, holiday work mixers, baking, party planning, and everything else that comes with making the holidays bright. And then there’s the extra stress at work as you try to get everything done before your vacation. Phew. It’s enough to turn the best of us into a real grinch and just hibernate until January.

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December 15, 2016

Get Rollin' with Santa Cruz's Hip Mobile Businesses

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Some creative Santa Cruz businesses are ditching their addresses for four wheels and a Twitter account. With clever ideas and sleek renovated vehicles, mobile companies are taking the party to Santa Cruz’s parks, beaches, and breweries. From food trucks to trailer bars, we’ve listed some of our favorite on-the-go ventures to get you rolling.

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