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More than a sauce

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017


Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian Martin Madriz of LLC Green Waffle (from left), Cesario Ruiz, founder of My Mom's Mole, and Vicente Quintana of El Nopalito Produce have teamed up to produce a full menu of green food options St. Patrick's Day.


My Mom's Mole holds pop-up event for St. Patrick's Day



WATSONVILLE — Four businesses have come together to pull off a green twist to regular St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Held at Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. on Friday, My Mom's Mole, Green Waffle LLC and El Nopalito Produce will present guests with a full menu of taco and green waffle options served with shredded chicken and/or roasted root vegetables and topped with mole sauce and a side of cactus & kale salad.

"We had an idea to combine something that has continued to grow and that many people continue to attach to culturally," said Cesario Ruiz, founder of My Mom's Mole. "Everyone is owning Cinco de Mayo, everyone is owning St. Patrick's Day. What an idea then to use real products that we make locally and incorporate it into something that we give our own meaning."

Ruiz has held pop-up events before, and this is the fourth time he has worked with Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. since it opened in 2016. They share a focus on using locally sourced ingredients and Ruiz said it is a way to highlight what is already made and produced in Watsonville. When he knew what he wanted, it was just a matter of finding the people to put the event on with.

"I was looking for a specific date where we could pull in more businesses willing to support one another," he said. "It is really fun for us to incorporate other business' products because that continues to expose what is being made in the community and we are always focusing on others who are doing what we are doing."

My Mom’s Mole, The Green Waffle LLC, and El Nopalito Produce are three of the more than 30 locally-owned businesses that operate out of the El Pájaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator in Watsonville. Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. opened in 2016 and focuses on wild ales made with locally harvested yeast and other locally sourced ingredients.

“When locals come together to make great food and drink from the ingredients all around us, it takes delicious to a whole new level," Julie Rienhardt, co-founder of Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co., stated in a press release. "We are proud to be serving our beer with My Mom's Mole to the wonderful Watsonville community."

Food will be served at 65 Hangar Way, Suite D, from 4-8 p.m.

And for Ruiz, it is also a chance to share family traditions passed down from his mother.

"I'm making sure to share with people a little bit of the traditions that have been lost over generations, like the mole sauce," he said. "I want to keep authentic ideas and share them. Mole sauce is more than a sauce."

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Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP via Facebook (www.facebook.com/events/1878175875799095/) or via Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.com/e/st-patricks-day-at-elkhorn-slough-brewing-co-tickets-32592038665).

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