Teddy Bear Tea! Nov 8 & 9

A Teddy Bear Tea!Join us for a delightful Teddy Bear Tea at The Quail & Thistle this weekend, Nov 8 and 9, 2014. Bring your own teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal friend and join in the fun!

Theo & FriendsThe tea room will be decked out in a picnic theme with butterflies and “bear friendly” treats. Hear favorite bear stories from our resident storyteller. Take tea (and photos) with your tea hostess, Priscilla Bear!

Adults $28, Children under 12, $15. Seatings at 11am and 1:30pm. Reservations are required. Please call (831) 477-1798 to reserve your table!

Expedition Photographer Gordon Wiltsie at The Rio Theater Oct 24 2014

ANTARCTICA, Queen Maud Land by Gordon WiltsieThe Quail & Thistle Tea Room proudly presents

Gordon Wiltsie in

“To the Ends of the Earth”
The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer

7pm Oct 24, 2014 at the Rio Theater, Santa Cruz.

Tickets available online at http://gordonwiltsie.brownpapertickets.com

Many a story has been told imagining places never before seen by human eyes or of cultures barely known to the outside world. Gordon Wiltsie tells such stories, but with one difference: Gordon’s stories aren’t fiction. He was there. These places, these peoples really exist. Gordon Wiltsie has made a career of finding such places and vanishing cultures and documenting them with stunning, other-worldly photography and insightful prose.

NEPALA UCSC graduate with honors in photography and writing, Gordon’s passion for pursuing some of the most inaccessible places on earth began while he was still a student. Traveling and adventuring on weekends and between semesters, writing and developing film (remember film?) between classes, his articles and photographs were soon published in national magazines.

Although his career didn’t launch itself overnight, he eventually became one of the most respected expedition photographers of his generation. He has worked assignments for National Geographic, Outside and other worldwide publications, including such widely varied projects as climbing Himalayan summits, extreme skiing and big wall climbing in Antarctica, dog sledding across the Arctic Ocean, riding reindeer sleds with the last nomadic clans in Arctic Russia, and galloping across Asian steppes alongside the descendants of Genghis Khan (while trying desperately not to fall off his horse!).

Few photographers have undertaken a more varied, dangerous and captivating collection of adventures as Gordon Wiltsie. Join us for an evening of breathtaking imagery and light-hearted storytelling as Gordon shares a few of his most memorable adventures with us.

MONGOLIA, Darhad Valley by Gordon Wiltsie


General Admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Student tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Valid student photo ID required at the door)

Tickets are available for purchase online at http://gordonwiltsie.brownpapertickets.com, and in person at The Quail & Thistle Tea Room, 911-B Capitola Ave, Capitola.

End of Summer

Summer has ended and school is back in session. Our summer staff has headed back to college. <sigh>

In the wake of summer, we have two announcements:

1. We will no longer be open on Tuesdays. Our winter hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 3pm until further notice.

2. We’re hiring! We need kitchen staff. We need wait staff. Part time and full time. Apply in person at 911-B Capitola Ave, preferably at 10am (before we open).

“A Slice of Carmel” Dinner With Author Barbara Chamberlain Aug 22

Join us at The Quail & Thistle August 22 at 6pm for an evening with award-winning local author Barbara Chamberlain as she reads selections from her murder mystery “A Slice of Carmel” and shares insights into the origins of hers stories and characters.

For this event, The Quail & Thistle will serve a Middle Eastern themed  dinner inspired by scenes from “A Slice of Carmel.”  Appetizers and author meet and greet begin at 6pm with a sit down meal accompanied by Barbara reading from her books beginning at 6:30.  Moroccan mint tea and desserts will follow. 

Who doesn’t appreciate a good murder mystery? Start planning ahead for holiday gifts for the readers in your life.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

$34 per person includes a 3 course sumptuous meal and a signed copy of Barbara’s book.  Reservations are required.  Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, in person at the restaurant, or by phone at 477-1798.

We’re Expanding!

The Quail & Thistle Tea Room is pleased to announce expanded business hours for the summer. We are adding Tuesdays and Wednesday to our lunch lineup!

We are now open for lunch service Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 3pm!