If you haven’t been out to a community dinner, they are a fun way to meet new folks and share in local, in-season foods. In Santa Cruz there are two Community Dinners that I know about but have only attended one of them so far. The photographs above are from Cellar Door’s Wednesday Night Community Table at the Swift Street Complex (3 course Prix Fix $30). This dinner pictured above actually took place last June, hence the strawberries and peas, but Community dinners and the first publication of the “Edible Monterey Bay” crossed my mind again this morning and I realized I should write about them.
The night that we ate at Cellar Door’s Community Table, we met a really nice couple from Carmel Valley who happened to be starting the first Edible Monterey Bay Magazine. When you have been a tourist in other cities you may have noticed the “Edible Oakland,” “Edible Columbus,” “Edible …” so you get the point, they are in many cities in this country (actually 70 magazines are out there www.ediblecommunities.com). When I saw my first “Edible” Magazine, I believe it was in Oakland and I was impressed with the variety of food stories featured and as a photographer was impressed with the images printed on this nice matte paper that has an earthy or organic feeling. I realized that reading the “Edible” magazine for an area would educate me on local, more unique farm to table restaurants as well as stories on local food specialties and farmers and their own great recipes. The “Edible Monterey Bay” magazine features local food cultures of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, season by season. You can pick up copies for free at these locations.
Two Community Dinners in Santa Cruz:
- Cellar Door’s Wednesday Night Community Table ($30 – 3 course meal)
DIG’s Pop-Up Restaurant with Lightfoot Industries – Fridays ($35 for 5 course meal + dessert) Tickets are available online www.lightfootind.com For questions about dinners please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.