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“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.

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“What Is Bitcoin?” Fireside Chat & Dinner – March 21, 2014, 6pm

“So what is Bitcoin, anyway?”

Join us for an evening of animated discussion and exploration of what Bitcoin is (and isn’t) and how it works with local tech guru Danny Thorpe.

No degrees in mathematics or secret decoder rings are required – Mr Thorpe excels and delights in creating colorful metaphors to illustrate complex topics in everyday terms.

Topics will include:

Bitcoin Mechanics

  • What is Bitcoin, where did it come from, and how does it work?
  • The Blockchain – the public ledger
  • The Wallet – the vault that contains only a key
  • The Hash – sign here with your digital omelette

Bitcoin Laid Bare

  • Analysis of Bitcoin praise and criticism
  • Facts, fictions, and lessons learned in recent headlines

Bitcoin for Merchants

  • The advantages, costs, and risks of accepting payment, compared to cash and credit cards.

Bitcoin for Consumers

  • The advantages, costs, and risks of buying with Bitcoin, compared to cash and credit cards.

Common Sense Security Practices

  • (that no-one in the headlines followed)

Our goal is to present balanced coverage of Bitcoin features and criticisms so that you may develop your own informed opinion about the emerging world of cryptocurrency. This is not a recruitment meeting, political rally or sales pitch. The only thing we’re selling is dinner!

Dinner will be served following the presentation and discussion session.

Bitcoin Fireside Dinner Menu


  • Hummus with pita bread
  • Spanakopita
  • Goat Cheese with lemon & thyme served with flatbread crisps
  • Dried figs stuffed with feta, wrapped with sage and prosciutto


Greek Style with kalamata olives, feta, bell pepper, red onion and cucumber on lettuce


Choice of
Roasted lamb
Moussaka (vegetarian)


  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Stewed mixed Vegies (green beans, peas and tomatoes)


  • Honey cake
  • Baklava
  • Sesame seed crunch
  • Greek almond cookies
  • Fresh and dried fruits


When: Friday, March 21st 2014 at 6pm
Where: The Quail & Thistle Tea Room, 911 Capitola Ave, Capitola 95010
Cost:  $40 per person, inclusive of class and dinner.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday March 6 and will be available for purchase at The Quail & Thistle or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Update: Ticket sales at BrownPaperTickets are now closed. However, we do still have seats available for this Bitcoin dinner. Please call us at (831) 477-1798 or stop by the restaurant during business hours to check availability.


Your Speaker:  Danny Thorpe, co-owner of The Quail & Thistle with wife Cindy Fairhurst-Thorpe, is a long time Santa Cruz resident and software architect. He worked his way up through the ranks to Chief Scientist in the Delphi software tools group at Borland, co-founded the Google Gears project at Google, contributed to Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Azure at Microsoft, and in recent years has been building security, authorization and authentication infrastructure at Dell Software. He actually did earn his degree in mathematics and holds a patent on a very obscure steganography technique that real cryptographers would simply laugh at – if they could find the data.

Robert Burns Night Saturday January 25

Celebrate the birthday of the Scottish Bard, poet and lyricist Robert Burns at The Quail & Thistle Tea Room in Capitola this Saturday evening, January 25. Enjoy music from the highlands, poetry readings and of course a sumptuous meal with some really colorful names.

Begin your meal with cock-a-leekie soup and salad, followed by Scotch eggs, salmon, neeps and tatties, rumbledethumps and bridies. Save room for dessert! Who can resist black bun, shortbread and cranachan?

Saturday 25 January at 6pm. $38.00 per person, advanced reservations required, limited seating. Phone 831 477-1798 to book your table.

A Holiday Evening of Tea and Quilling

snowflakeJoin local artist Roxanne Nicholson on Friday, November 15th to learn the basics of Quilling (Paper Filigree); make snowflake ornaments/decorations, and take home your unique designs along with a packet of basic materials to continue your creations of this simple, inexpensive, and beautiful art form.

Dinner will precede the class, and a dessert buffet will be available during the instruction portion of the evening.

Cost for the prix fixe menu, instruction and all materials is $50 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the tea room or online via BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets become non-refundable at 5pm Thursday, November 14th.

Hurry to get your reservation in for this event – seating is limited!

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Il Dolce Suono Chorale Dinner Friday Nov 22

The Quail & Thistle Tea Room invites you to an evening of Sereni-tea and Song featuring Il Dolce Suono, Cabrillo College’s only student run choir. The choir will perform a selection of Baroque, classical, contemporary and spiritual chorale music interspersed with a dessert buffet following a sumptuous dinner.

Proceeds benefit Il Dolce Suono’s invitational showcase performance at the American Choir Directors Association conference in Santa Barbara in February 2014.

Friday November 22, 2013 at 6:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the tea room or online at IlDolceSuono.BrownPaperTickets.com

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