Quick Bites | Shadowbrook has new hours


New hours for Shadowbrook

Shadowbrook Restaurant (1750 Wharf Road, 831-475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com) launched new hours at the beginning of this month. The Rock Room opens at 3:30 p.m. and the Dining Room opens at 4 p.m. for dinner from Monday-Thursday. The Shadowbrook opens at noon for lunch Friday-Sunday. They open for dinner at 4 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Make reservations online or by phone.


Vintners’ festival on deck

More than 25 wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains will be showcased at the Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains Fall Vintners’ Festival on Oct. 23-24. Some of these wineries aren’t typically open to the public. The festival is by reservation only. Tickets, $45 for one day and $80 for two days, enable attendees to stop at up to four wineries per day. At each stop, guests enjoy a flight of three to five wines poured by knowledgeable staff who will discuss each wine’s specific winemaking process. Call 831-685-8463 or visit winesofthesantacruzmountains.com for details (including full winery list) and to buy tickets.


Chili Cook-off around the corner

The annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 23. Tasting kits go on sale at 10 a.m. and tasting begins at 1 p.m. For $10, you get samples from six of the booths plus a People’s Choice ballot. Two types of chili will be offered: Red (con carne) and Vegetarian. There will be professional and amateur categories. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Chili, People’s Choice, Most Tasted, and Best Theme. For more information, visit beachboardwalk.com/Chili-Cook-Off. A portion of proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Your Future is Our Business (yfiob.org), which provides work-based learning opportunities to Santa Cruz County elementary, middle, and high school students as well as internships for post-secondary students.


Halloween deals at Kianti’s

Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar (1100 Pacific Ave., 831-469-4400, kiantis.com) is offering specials in honor of Halloween through Oct. 31. Dine-in specials include Mummy Pizza Rolls, Kids’ Spider Pizza, Kianti’s Spookini Bikini, Lucifer’s Lemon Drop and Put the Fright In the Coconut. For takeout/delivery specials, there are $10 Halloween Kids Pizza Kits (everything you need to make a skeleton head pizza) and a Halloween Family Dinner with Drinks ($60, includes two cocktails, Spicy Breadsticks, Salad and your choice of Family Pizza or Pasta).


Tickets available for Chaminade Vine to View

This season’s Chaminade Resort & Spa’s Vine to View Farm to Table dinner series, including courses with wine pairings, holds its last event Oct. 28. The multi-course outdoor dinner, held on the Courtyard Terrace, features wines from Diora. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with Diora La Belle Fete Rose 2020 paired with several appetizers for the table. First course is Toybox tomato soup, mini Applewood house-smoked bacon grilled cheese with Diora Estate La Grande Lumiere Chardonnay 2018; third course is 5-spice cured pork belly with vanilla-corn puree, kimchi, and purple radish with Diora Le Petite Grace Pinot Noir 2019. Tickets are $125. Call 831-465-3449 or visit chaminade.com/santa_cruz_restaurants/ for tickets. Chaminade is at One Chaminade Lane.


Bookshop Santa Cruz hosts virtual Dorie Greenspan event

Bookshop Santa Cruz is hosting a free virtual event at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 with baking icon Dorie Greenspan, who has written 13 cookbooks and won five James Beard Awards, in conversation with Donna Yen of magazine Cherry Bombe. Greenspan’s new book “Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple” is available for preorder. Publishing Oct. 19, recipes include apple pie with browned butter, and foot-long cheese sticks made with cream puff dough and gouda. Visit bookshopsantacruz.com/dorie-greenspan for details.


Persephone winemaker dinner with Armitage

Persephone (7945 Soquel Drive, 831-612-6511, persephonerestaurant.com) is hosting an outdoor Winemaker Dinner with Armitage Winery at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Cost is $150 and owner/winemaker Brandon Armitage will be present. The menu features five wines with five food courses; highlights are Beet and Orange Risotto with Rosemary Roasted Grapes Paired with Armitage Meadowridge Vineyard Pinot Noir; and Salmon with Maitake Mushrooms, Lentils, Leeks, and Porcini Cream Sauce Paired with Armitage Merlot. See full menu and buy tickets at the website.


La Posta continues virtual wine series

“La Posta @Home No. 9,” a five-week series, begins at 6-7 p.m. Oct. 20 and features Italian wines such as 2015 Tintilia del Molise, Cantine Salvatore. Visit lapostarestaurant.com/wineclass for details. Cost is $210 which includes wine and the Zoom series. Wine may be picked up at la Posta or delivered for an additional cost. Call 831-457-2782 or email lapostaspecialevents@gmail.com to register.

Quick Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly helping of Santa Cruz County restaurant, food, and drink news. Send items to sentinelfood@gmail.com (Sunday 7 p.m. deadline for that week’s column). Want local food & drink news as it happens? Follow the Sentinel’s food crew on Twitter or on Instagram, both @santacruzfood.