Falling into Autumn


Greetings! Loving the nip in the evening air with promise of cool weather and long fall nights by the fire to come! Fall is really broken into 2 parts the first part of Fall is September/October, it’s full of the last warm days at the beach, the first day of school, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins and then once November hits it’s all about Thanksgiving, being thankful for our families, friends and everything we are so blessed to have in our lives. The Holiday season seems to officially kick off with the changing of the leaves, November is like the pre-season to Christmas!


Annual Lighted Boat Parade!

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club’s 29th annual lighted boat parade at Santa Cruz Harbor will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Tables are already filling up fast for a delicious 4 course dinner and front row seats to kick off the holiday season!

Art for the Soul!


It was a night of art, music, food and beverages to benefit the American Cancer Society. It was also a night of honoring and remembering former Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee. Bob battled cancer for 10 years and touched those around him with his tenacity and grit. Barbara Lee (Bob’s wife) and Mark Lee (Bob’s brother) told heart felt stories of Bob’s life and world. Jeanne Fischer spoke about all the important things the American Cancer Society was doing worldwide to research and cure cancer. Randy Hunter who owns Fine Art 360 and his dedicated staff had the place looking like an art museum with gorgeous, unique pieces on display. There was a festive tent set up in the parking lot connected to the Fine Art 360 building. Harpin Jonny and the band played fun tunes. Fred Reiss entertained with his comedic wit. Patti Boe was her usually wonderful self. It was a fun night to remember Bob, and contribute to a worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who came out for a great night to honor Bob!

Crab Season


The boats are loaded and ready for a plentiful catch! We can’t wait to start enjoying our fresh local crab for the holiday season. Our chef is hard at work with exciting new ways to enjoy the bounty this season!



Fun Food Facts

  • Fact 1 The lifespan of crabs is in the range of 8 to 13 years.
  • Fact 2 Males have larger claws than female crabs.
  • Fact 3 The claw of crabs easily grows back if they lose one.
  • Fact 4 Crabs teeth are in their stomachs.
  • Fact 5 Crabs are decapods, which means they have ten limbs. The collective name for a group of crabs is a cast.

Featured Recipe: Cruisin’ Crab Dip

1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 cup seeded and chopped tomato
1 sm
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
all clove garlic, minced
1/4 to 1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound fresh jumbo lump crab meat, drained
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Combine first 11 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet; place over low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gently fold in crab meat. Spoon into serving bowl. Serve with french bread

merryDon’t forget to make your holiday party reservations … we want to do everything we can to get our best customers their favorite table this season. As always thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Staff of Johnny’s Harborside

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