Here are more festivities to consider for Halloween 2013 in Santa Cruz, Aptos, and Los Gatos, including a wonderful-sounding anniversary party at Dio Deka. See Monday’s Halloween roundup for Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Monterey. Also check out some Halloween treat recipes, both traditional and non-dairy.
Santa Cruz & Aptos
Seascape Village in Aptos will hold a Halloween party from 4-6 p.m. featuring games, trick-or-treating, and snacks.
Location: Intersection of Seascape Boulevard at Sumner Avenue
Downtown Santa Cruz is holding its “Downtown Trick-or-Treat” from 2:30-5 p.m. Local merchants will hand out treats during the family-friendly event.
Dio Deka is celebrating its 7th anniversary on Halloween! A beautiful restaurant in Hotel Los Gatos, Dio Deka is offering complimentary appetizers--spanakopita and meatballs--and music on its outdoor patio on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Music is being provided by the Los Gatos DJ Company, which specializes in top 40 and classic hits. Guests who dine in the restaurant itself will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to toast Dio Deka’s success.
I had the opportunity to dine at Dio Deka a couple months ago, and I highly recommend visiting this fine restaurant. Some highlights were the exquisite appetizer platter Pikilia, which included Keftethakia (moist, flavorful lamb meatballs and citrus-infused yogurt) and dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with ingredients including braised beef cheeks and mushroom puree), and Brokolo (see photo), a unique and savory dish featuring charred broccoli, a slowly cooked egg, chili flakes, and more. I also enjoyed the side dish Gigantes, which was a generous portion of crisp-fried gigantes beans flavored with urfa pepper and smoked taramas. I never would have ordered this without my server’s recommendation, so I have him to thank. And of course, the talented Executive Chef Jeff Fitzgerald!
Location: 210 Main St., Los Gatos, (408) 354-7700.
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