Swinging with the Swing Time café
Watsonville has limited cultural cuisine beyond
Mexican restaurants. But now a small café on Union
Street is bringing world cuisine to Watsonville at an
On May 27 the trio of Antonette Wood, Liz Silva, and
Peggy Triplitt opened up the SwingTime Café,
presenting foods like a Vietnamese sandwich called
Banh Mi and a grilled Vegetable Torta Rustica.
Each day the café offers different selections
including exotic sandwiches and salads with organic
ingredients. For breakfast SwingTime Café offers
freshly made scones like coconut ginger, banana
poppyseed and apricot pecan. The coffee is freshly
brewed to order and the signature drink of the café is
an Avocado iced freeze. The average price for an
entrée is 5 dollars.
Because of their unique culinary delights, they have
been getting some attention by the local newspapers
“A lot of our regular customers say we are the talk of
the town, but it takes people a while to find the
location,” Wood said.
Chef Wood gets culinary ideas from her dreams and from
faithful customers. One customer requested some Lentil
soup, so, the next week, Wood created an Indonesian
influenced lentil soup.
“Well, I get my ideas when I go to sleep,” she
said. “One day I will be dreaming of an idea of a new
menu dish and there you go.”
Wood’s passion is cooking, so much that she says, “I
get cranky when I don’t cook.” The other passion of
the Swingtime group is giving back to the community.
Every month they give a portion of their proceeds from
SwingTime Café and their booth at the Watsonville
farmers market to a rotating nonprofit organization.
SwingTime Café began as Swing Time Golf, a catering
company for Clint Eastwood’s golf tournaments and
Super Bowl parties. Then they moved to Watsonville
where they are now focused on the café. In the fall
SwingTime Café will sponsor a golf tournament to
benefit local non-profits organizations.
The trio said they want the SwingTime Café to feature,
once a month, such things as live music, poetry,
flamenco dancing and even a talent show.
Besides being somewhat difficult to find, located
behind the buildings on Main Street bordering a
parking lot where the old Net Café was located,
SwingTime Café has already established a following,
Wood said. Although the café would fit right into
Santa Cruz, Wood said that being in Watsonville is an
“I think that in Santa Cruz we wouldn’t be as
successful,” Wood said. “I think here in Watsonville
people are starving for something different.”