THURSDAY 12/1 VANILLA FESTIVAL Have you ever wondered why people refer to things that are boring as “so vanilla” when, in reality, the flavor itself can have so many nuances, profiles, and complexities? Weird. Treat your beloveds to a holiday gift unlike any other in town with an evening beginning at the Museum of Art & History where Vanilla Queen Patricia Rain and Chocolate Restaurant owner-chef David Jackman (yes, they get the irony) will take you on a visual journey through vanilla’s origin from Mesoamerican rain forests to its worldwide reach as a favorite flavor and fragrance. Later in the evening, savor a three-course meal at Chocolate crafted to highlight the exceptional and versatile flavors that can only come together between vanilla and chocolate. Info: 6 p.m. Chocolate, 1522 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 427-9900.
FOOD & WINE TRIVIA NIGHT THIS Festive event brings together trivia aficionados, boneheads and the chic geek for a night of boisterous fun. 8:30 p.m. Woodstock’s Pizza, 710 Front St., Santa Cruz. 427-4444. VANILLA FESTIVAL Join Chef David Jackman and Patricia Rain, Vanilla Queen, for a magical evening celebrating vanilla and chocolate, a sublime duo, well worth their weight in gold. 6 p.m. Chocolate, 1522 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 427-9900. $40.
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MUSIC KEN CONSTABLE IN THE ROCKROOM LOUNGE Ken Constable has been part of the Santa Cruz music scene since the late ’80s. He has performed in numerous legendary clubs on the West Coast such as Whiskey A Go Go, Slim’s, Bimbo’s 365 Club, and the Catalyst. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Shadowbrook Restaurant, 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola. 475-1222.
SPIRITUAL BUDDHISM FOR BEGINNERS You may have heard something about Buddhism but are still wondering how such a “foreign” spiritual tradition could be relevant to life in the world today. Join us in learning about Buddhist viewpoints and time-tested methods for leading a meaningful life. 7-9 p.m. Land of Medicine Buddha, 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel. landofmedicinebuddha.org. Free. >44
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California’s Central Coast. Big Sur Fog: The Science and the History, examines the science behind coastal fog and tells a forgotten story from Big Sur’s pioneer days. 6:30-8 p.m. Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz. santacruzpl.org. Free.