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The 28th annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace is taking place this weekend in downtown Menlo Park along Santa Cruz Avenue, and we wandered down this morning to take a look. Like similar summer street festivals there’s something for everyone — food, shopping, beer/wine and entertainment.

Spider JumpThe fun t-shirts from YeahYeah!PonyPrince, which sells original hand-painted linoleum block printed designs on a line of organic clothing and accessories, caught our eye. We visited with founders Jodi Mullen and Oscar Bevilacqua (pictured top). Jodi said they do about 50 festivals a year in addition to having a retail store in North Beach in the City. “I was an art major in college and this was a way to do art and making a living,” she said.

People ranging in age from tots to adults were enjoying the Spider Jump, and girls were lining up to be transformed into fairy princesses at Fairies and Feathers. We ran into Alessandra who was looking oh so pretty in pink. She was gracious enough to pose at Fremont Park with her mother Carole.

Two princessesA food newcomer to the Marketplace this year is Ñora Cocina Espanalo. Chefs were on the street preparing massive pots of paella —  Spanish bomba rice and saffron mixed with shrimp, chicken and chorizo (pictured below).

Today’s events conclude with an after hours concert in Fremont Park from 5:30 to 8:00 pm featuring Steely Dan/Chicago tribute band, Aja Vu. Hours on Sunday are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Nora Cocina Espanola

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Menlo Park hosts the 28th annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace July 19-20

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Presented by the Melo Park Chamber of Commerce, the 28th annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace comes to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 19-20. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days; admission is free. There is also a “Saturday Twilight Concert” featuring Steely Dan/Chicago tribute band Aja Vu from 5:30-8:00 pm on Saturday, July 19 in Fremont Park. Festival […]

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Menlo Park Library invites local foodies to learn about Peruvian cooking on July 19

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On July 19, Peruvian chef Nora Landa Frazier will act as “culinary ambassador” to her home country, where summer is not summer without the traditional potato dish called cause. Adults attending this hands-on demonstration, Q&A, and tasting party will get the opportunity to create the popular food that originated in pre-Columbian times and still thrives in Peru today. Lima, […]

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Webb Ranch begins twice a week U-Pick Berries days

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The first of two-a-week U-Pick Berries days starts tomorrow, June 18, at Webb Ranch from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with the same schedule on Saturday, June 21. Additional Wednesday/Saturday dates are June 25 & 28, July 2 & 5, July 9 & 12. Current berries are raspberries and olallieberries. “Webb Ranch is following all water conservation rules […]

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Rotary Club schedules second annual Taste of Menlo Park for June 11

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The second annual Taste of Menlo Park will be held on Wednesday, June 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo College Dining Hall. All of the proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Foundation Scholarship fund, which distributed over $80,000 in local scholarships this past year. Tickets ($55 person) can be […]

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Cherith Spicer’s Namesake Cheesecake keeps favorite Peninsula cheesecake recipe alive and well

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Maybe it should be obvious that there’s actually a person behind Namesake Cheesecake, one of the commissary businesses that operates at 425 El Camino in Menlo Park. To Menlo Park residents who grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s, the name has particular relevance. This was the era when going to Rickey’s Garden Hotel […]

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Hillview Middle School Service Club prepares and serves hot food to homeless

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On a cold rainy day in February, the Hillview Middle School Service Club set out to help their community by delivering hot food to the homeless. Locals that day may have seen a group of nine children walking with steaming bags of food. But what they didn’t see was the story behind it, the way […]

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Boy Scout Troop 206 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast set for March 8

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Boy Scout Troop 206 is hosting its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 8 from 8:00 am to noon in the parish hall at Trinity Church (333 Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park. Cost is $5 per adult or every two children; Scouts in uniform eat free. Menu includes Formula 206 flapjacks, fresh fruit & […]

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Spotted: Chef Josh Pebbles cutting up a pig at new Borrone MarketBar

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Call it a good rainy day activity. Photographer Scott R. Kline stopped in at the newly-opened Borrone MarketBar on Wednesday (2/26) after doing an InMenlo assignment. He found chef Josh Pebbles, who, along with wife Marina Borrone, developed the concept for the new eatery adjacent to Cafe Borrone, at work cutting up a pig. MarketBar […]

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Off the Grid food trucks make their debut at Caltrain station in Menlo Park

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With the debut of Off the Grid at the Menlo Park Caltrain station on Wednesday night, Menlo Park residents can now choose to eat dinner from food trucks twice a week. The newest food truck event, which will be weekly, joins the long-standing Willows Market food truck night held on Mondays. Off the Grid is a […]

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Nico Freccia of the 21st Amendment Brewery talks beer at Left Bank in Menlo Park

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A theater major at Northwestern who came west to pursue an acting career, Nico Freccia got his first taste of the hospitality industry like many out of work actors, waiting tables. Along the way he became a home brewer. His ability to hold a crowd and talk beer was on display last weekend at a […]

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