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pancake breakfast at fire station in Menlo Park 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. All the extra food was donated to St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room. In addition to feasting on pancakes, attendees got the opportunity to see the fire trucks and equipment up close, watch a rescue demonstration, and learn how to properly extinguish a kitchen pan fire. Pancake breakfast_second Photos by Frances Freyberg

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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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First on stage, now in the kitchen, LB Steak Chef de Cusine Kelsey Casavan brings a “can-do” spirit

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When describing Kelsey Casavan, the current Chef de Cuisine at LB Steak in Menlo Park, the words “resolute” if not downright “plucky” come to mind. At age 30, she’s already tackled two career paths that find many people knocking on doors for years. A native of Vancouver, as a teenager she was intent on pursuing […]

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Café Zoë opens second location with fundraiser for local mental health nonprofit

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“A place for peace, hope & community.” Not the motto you’d expect from your average Silicon Valley coffee shop, but Café Zoë and its owner Kathleen Daly are anything but average. Opened in 2008 in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, Café Zoë offers all the perks of your favorite coffee shop —locally roasted coffee […]

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Menlo Park residents gather at Menalto Corners for National Night Out festivities

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National Night Out (NNO) last Tuesday drew quite the crowd of Menlo Park residents to Menalto Corners where locals enjoyed food and entertainment. Activities included a “Dunk Tank” with Mayor Ray Mueller, the Captivating Dance by Nona dance show, bounce houses sponsored by Spa in the Park, a trivia contest by Menalto Cleaners, and a game and puzzles table by […]

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Philip Reilly bakes distinct variety of artisan breads that he sells at Portola Valley Farmers’ Market

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From chemist to patent attorney — to bread baker? Such is the career trajectory of Philip Reilly, the British-born founder of Portola Valley Bread. “A few years ago I took some time off due to some family responsibilities,” he explains as he kneads dough for the weekly batch he sells exclusively at the Portola Valley Farmers’ Market […]

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Summer – enjoy it while it’s hot in Menlo Park

Cruising around Menlo Park on a warm August Sunday, iPhone in hand. Squids are prolific now along the Coast and found fresh at the Farmer’s Market today where Pietro suggested an awesome Calamari salad. Then they became part of outrageous seafood Cioppino stew, scooped over black ink pasta and topped with garden fresh herbs. A grilled prime […]

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Spotted: Sign supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Co in Menlo Park front yard

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Menlo Park resident and physical therapist Robin Tobias spotted this sign supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in west Menlo Park this morning. The oyster farm on Tomales Bay was going to be forced to close today until a group of restaurants filed a lawsuit saying closure would violate the Aquaculture Act and harm businesses. Carolyn […]

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What caught our eye at the Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park

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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. The fun t-shirts from YeahYeah!PonyPrince, which sells original hand-painted linoleum block printed designs […]

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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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