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Master Chef Junior participant Mia Wurster and Oak Knoll principal Kristen Garcia

In last Tuesday’s episode of Master Chef Junior, participant — and Menlo Park resident — Mia Wurster exited the show, losing the alligator challenge. But there was still reason to celebrate, which is what Mia did at lunch on Friday with her Oak Knoll School Co-Principal Kristen Gracia.

Emailed Kristen: “Oak Knoll School is proud of Mia and the compassion and confidence she demonstrated. We teach our students that hard work, perseverance, and positive thinking are the recipe to success. Mix that with our teaching of compassion and you get kids like Mia Wurster.”

Next up for the budding chef (besides a transition to middle school in the Fall): She plans to open a catering business with her friend Elizabeth.

Photo courtesy of Wurster family

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Sea urchins are the stars at today’s Menlo Park Farmers’ Market

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Pietro Parravano is selling sea urchins at the Menlo Park Farmers’ Market this morning for $9.95 a pound. He was explaining to customers that they are eaten raw, after the admittedly tricky part of getting to the flesh. There are a number of YouTube videos that explain how to do it; here’s one.

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Mia Wurster is a contestant on MasterChef Junior season three, airing on Tuesday, Jan. 6

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When Oak Knoll School resumes classes tomorrow, there will be a celebrity in the student body. Fifth grader Mia Wurster is one of the contestants on the third season of MasterChef Junior which airs Tuesday night (Jan. 6) on Fox (Channel 2) at 8:00 pm. Locals can get a sneak peak when she makes an appearance […]

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Chef and restauranteur Bradley Ogden comes to Menlo Park with opening of Bradley’s Fine Diner

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The knives that grace one wall of Bradley’s Fine Diner (BFD) “just showed up one day,” according to the restaurant’s namesake, Bradley Ogden. “Same thing with the chandeliers,” he continued, referencing the distinctive lighting fixtures made of cutlery in a room that can be used for private dining. Chef and restaurteur Bradley Ogden may have […]

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Ann’s Coffee Shop is downtown Menlo Park landmark

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Ann Gilbert opened Ann’s Coffee in Menlo Park in 1946, making it one of downtown’s oldest continuing establishments. Three different owners have carried on her legacy by enhancing the menu but never removing any items or straying from her original recipes. Ann’s still possesses paintings from the 1960s, which embody a unique style, admired by many […]

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Happy Quail Farms peppers that look like ornaments

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We’ve photographed quite a few peppers brought to the Menlo Park Farmers Market by nearby Happy Quail Farms. The reason: They are so colorful it’s almost impossible to walk by without taking a snapshot. Today we spotted something we hadn’t noticed before — a mix of red, green and yellow peppers that made us think of […]

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City of Menlo Park hosts community celebration to mark State of the City on November 13 featuring free food and entertainment

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The City of Menlo Park is literally rolling out a “green carpet” and inviting residents to a picnic-style event to mark the State of the City. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Chestnut St. Paseo in Downtown Menlo Park. Reusable artificial turf will be placed on the Paseo for […]

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Fey Restaurant in Menlo Park given Bib Gourmand recognition by Michelin

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About attaining 2015 Bib Gourmand recognition from Michelin, Fey Restaurant owner Han Ying Wang (pictured) is enthusiastically matter-of-fact: “This restaurant is my life,” she said. “I am so lucky!” Since 1955, the famous red Michelin guide has also highlighted restaurants offering “good food at moderate prices”, a feature called “Bib Gourmand”. They must offer menu items […]

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M-A’s annual Canned Food Drive kicks off today

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The annual Menlo-Atherton High School Canned Food Drive kicks off today. In a tradition started by legendary Coach Ben Parks, M-A students collect food from the community to help feed several hundred families in our area, many of them M-A families. For four weeks, students will fan out over the local area and collect cans. Supporting […]

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Pancake Breakfast at Menlo Park fire station raises $9,000 for Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

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Over 800 people attended the perennially popular Pancake Breakfast at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters last Saturday (Oct. 4). The event, co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Fire District, the Stanford Park Hotel, and the Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar, raised $9,000 for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. […]

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14th annual Menlo Park Pancake Breakfast on October 4th benefits burn victims

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One of the community’s favorite events, the 14th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 4 at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road. This popular annual event, co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Fire District, the Stanford Park Hotel, and the Menlo […]

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