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March 07, 2012

Women Chefs Shine in Santa Cruz County!

Beverlie Terra, executive chef at Chaminade Resort & Spa and Ashley Hosmer, who holds the same title at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola have a have a lot in common, though they don’t know each other. Beverlie is excited to be meeting with new local farmers in hopes of adding extra dates to Chaminade's immensely popular Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series held at the resort each summer. Beverlie and food and beverage manager Sean Woodruff pair regional wineries with surrounding farms to present customers with the best of agriculture and winemaking. At Shadowbrook, Ashley and her staff host the Santa Cruz Mountain Ultimate Winemakers Dinner each year, honoring the winegrowers of Santa Cruz. “It is the only night that the restaurant is closed to the general public, which is exciting for our chefs because it’s the one night of the year we get to do things a bit different. I let my hair down and bring in some different products that we don’t get to work with everyday,” she says. Another Shadowbrook program, Winemaker Wednesdays, features a Santa Cruz winery every week from October through April, offering a discounted wine flight paired with complementary appetizers. Ashley and staff strive to have guests understand why the chef chose those certain ingredients. “I want the tasting to be an experience for your mouth. The food and wine should go hand-in-hand in making each one enjoyable because of the other. If the wine is grown locally it should be easily paired with food that is grown in the same type of environment,” she says.


Beverlie Terra In her free time, Terra enjoys teaching at Cabrillo College in Aptos and is interested in working more with Food, What? an organization at UC Santa Cruz that helps high-risk teens learn farming and harvesting, and then show them how to cook the items. She attends Farmer’s Markets in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. “I make cheese at home and use the market items to make condiments for my family… preserved lemons as an example.” She claims to be a home body, enjoying gardening and taking her dog to the dog park at the polo grounds in Aptos or Its Beach in Santa Cruz. When there is time to dine out, she enjoys Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room, Johnny’s Harborside and other local restaurants. Terra would love to travel to Italy, a country she hasn’t had the opportunity to see and favorites that she has traveled to are Japan and the Azore Islands. “Food is outstanding in both places,” she says. And someday after retiring, she plans on volunteering as often as possible and says she “can’t wait!”


Ashley Hosmer As a true local born in the Pleasure Point area of town, Ashley believes that she has a special connection to Santa Cruz and wants to show what it has to offer. “At the Shadowbrook Restaurant we do our best to support local agriculture by taking part in the Community Alliance of Family Farmers to “Buy fresh local produce from which we craft our menu.” When not at the restaurant, she rides her bike along the coast or walks on the beach with her dog Kona, saying it’s her way to organize thoughts and get inspired. Like Beverlie, she spends time cooking for friends and family, reading about food and watching food shows on TV.   Her favorite local restaurants are La Posta, Cafe Cruz,  and 515 Kitchen and Cocktails. With all that they have in common, it would seem that perhaps these two talented foodies should meet up for dog walks and some fun brainstorming of culinary ideas!      

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