The interior of Plum, now Ume. Photo by Scott Kester.
One of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had in Santa Cruz was at Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Cellar Door Café, with chef Charlie Parker throwing down some mad culinary skills (working for Manresa’s David Kinch will do that to you). The Inside Scoop broke the story that Parker’s next move was going to be the chef position at Daniel Patterson’s ~PLUM~ in the new year. Well, it’s happening sooner than that, because he’s actually starting around December 13th. He’s not going to be changing the menu right away, but it will be evolving in time. Speaking of the menu, Grub Street has a copy of the new lunch menu that launches this Wednesday, check it out. Lunch will be served Mon-Fri 11am-2pm. 2214 Broadway at Grand, Oakland, 510-444-7586.