2017

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Ladera resident Kevin Lanigan’s career started normally enough in the hospitality industry. Among other jobs, he served as General Manager of the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park.

Then, about a year ago, he met the Morsey family. They had exciting ideas and funding, but no real experience as far as implementing their vision — a water buffalo dairy farm and a “farm-to-table” restaurant. They’ve teamed up with Kevin to make these dreams a reality.

The Morseys have the largest single herd of water buffalo in North America. Located near Sacramento, it has grown from seven original cows to 286 currently (due to increase by another hundred plus next year). These animals have been to Asia what the bison was to the American West. Water buffalo milk provides 15% of the world milk supply (mainly from India and Southeast Asia) and is ideal for making soft cheeses, butter and yogurt.

The most sought after mozzarella cheese is “mozzarella di bufala”. The U.S. imports 90,000 pounds of this delicacy each year — most of it crafted in Italian dairies. This is the market Morsey Farms has already started to penetrate.

Morsey’s Farmhouse Creamery “Mozzarella di Bufala” can be found at Bianchinis and Willows markets locally and is also available at the weekly Portola Valley Farmers Market where milk, gelato and yoghurt are also sold.

If all goes according to plan, Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen is scheduled to open on Main Street in Los Altos sometime in January. The concept is to provide all day dining that is truly a farm-to-table. Menu items will feature such specialties as pancakes made from water buffalo milk and honey-grilled peaches with sliced mozzarella di bufala with a balsamic glaze.

“The final building inspection has been done,” Kevin told InMenlo earlier this month. “Equipment is being moved in. We have a chef on board and will soon start with a soft opening for friends and family.”

Editor’s note: This is an update of an article by Mike Crisp that was published in the October issue of the Ladera Crier

Photos courtesy of Kevin Lanigan

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Holiday sounds – Scottish style – are coming to Menlo Park this weekend

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Want to liven up your holiday season? The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums is presenting a free Scottish Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16, at 3:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The concert includes Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish fiddlers, and carols. There will be guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and the […]

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Extreme Science Magic coming to Menlo Park Library on Dec. 21

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Science is magical! Get hooked on science during Don O’Brien’s fast-paced, interactive family show full of experiments, demonstrations, and plenty of fun audience participation to amaze children & adults alike! Event takes place on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm  in the library’s main hall, with most seating on the floor. Don O’Brien […]

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Jeannie Cole pivots to a new career with ReBoot Accel paving the way

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Jeannie Cole’s story is not unlike other Menlo Park moms. She came to Menlo soon after marrying and has stayed in the same neighborhood — if not the same house — ever since. She started her career in educational publishing before turning freelance when her second child was born. As her children got older, she […]

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Menlo Park’s Holiday Showcase set for Dec. 13

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The Holiday Showcase celebrates the talented community and dynamic array of classes and programs offered through the City of Menlo Park.  It takes place on December 13, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and free for children under 12. Discover programs available including dance, […]

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City of Menlo Park sets guidelines for fallen leaf removal

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Along with the environmental and social benefits of the City of Menlo Park’s expansive tree canopy comes the winter task of removing all the fallen leaves. Every residential and commercial street in the City is swept on a regular schedule. The peak of leaf removal season is from November through February, when all of the […]

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Climate versus weather: Find out the difference on Dec. 12 at the Menlo Park Library

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Climate and weather — the two are so often confused. A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will be at the Menlo Park Library to explain the distinctions and to answer questions on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (a division […]

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Annual visit to Cozzolino’s Christmas tree lot in Half Moon Bay

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While Tony Cozzolino (or his father Alex) brings a few trees to the Menlo Park Farmers Market each Sunday, you get the best selection by heading over the hill toward Half Moon Bay to the Cozzolino tree lot located on Highway 92 near Spanish Town. We found Tony and wife Stephanie both on hand to […]

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Café Zoë hosts 2nd annual Gingerbread House decorating competition on Dec. 14

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Café Zoë is hosting the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition on Thursday, December 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Participants must use the gingerbread house provided by Café Zoë, but you can bring as many decorations as you’d like as well as use the free supply at the café. There will be two rounds: participants […]

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Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery are linked by artistic endeavors, now on display at Gitane

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Dogs and art sparked a friendship between Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery that’s led to an art show currently on display at Gitane in downtown Menlo Park. Lisa, a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, works in collage and mixed media. She’s been making art off and on for the past 20 years, although she […]

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Menlo Fire will visit Belle Haven Library on Saturday, Dec. 9

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Members of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will visit the Belle Have Branch Library (413 Ivy Dr.) for  a fire safety show-and-tell on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. This is an opportunity to meet some of Menlo’s firefighters and have a close-up look at a fire engine. No registration is necessary. […]

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