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The first of five Facebook Festivals was held today on the company’s Menlo Park campus. The theme was Chili, Cars and Everyday Stars and featured classic cars and trucks along with the chili cook of competition. For $10, people could taste and the vote for their favorite chili. Proceeds benefited the local non-profit, Ecumenical Hunger Program. Slow Iron Chili (top) was among the competitors.

Old cars in mint condition are always fun to look at. Two caught our eye in particular, a 1929 Ford Model T Town Sedan (right) and a 1948 DeSoto taxi. The Model T featured a sign that said “Menlo Park,” and we talked to the owner, Lowell, who lived in Menlo Park almost all of his life and still has a house here. He was among the first four-year students to graduate from Menlo-Atherton High School — the class of 1955.

While an early press release indicated that the farmers markets that had taken place weekly last summer wouldn’t resume until June, there was a good assortment of fruits, vegetables and meats to select from. The berries from Vaquez looked particularly delectable.

The next Facebook Festival —  Summer Foodfest — will take place on June 24 from noon to 5:00 pm.

Photos by Linda Hubbard with the exception of the Model T by Dennis Nugent (c) 2017

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First school-based Charlie Cart mobile kitchen classroom on the Peninsula makes its debut

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The new Charlie Cart mobile kitchen classroom made its debut last week at Encinal School’s Science Night and proved to be the most popular part of the evening. “Kids were pressing flour into tortillas and chopping fruit and veggies for salsa, reading cooking/nutrition books, and of course sampling what they cooked,” observed Encinal parent Gina Hart. Following […]

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Malaysian cuisine comes to Menlo Park with opening of Black Pepper

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A funny thing happened to chef Kay Tan on her journey to open a second Malaysian restaurant. At her new Menlo Park location, she’s now more frequently in the front of the house while her husband, David Yim, does the chef duties. Their new Black Pepper restaurant, in the former and completely remodeled Menlo Hub space, […]

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Mr. & Mrs. Chocolate coming to Menlo Park Library to discuss the “food of the Gods”

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“Mr. & Mrs. Chocolate,” chemists Howard and  Sally Peters, are coming to the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm, for a talk for teens and adults titled, “Chocolate: The Food of the Gods,” discussing the science, history, composition and health effects of chocolate. Chemists Howard and Sally Peters are known as […]

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Jason Kwan is Menlo Park’s unofficial “Mr. Restaurant”

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You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants Jason Kwan owns in Menlo Park, and you can actually walk from one place to another. That’s what Jason does daily as he looks in at each of his businesses. Three of his restaurants bear his namesake, at least partially — J & J Hawaiian BBQ, […]

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Posh Bagel’s Anthony Lao shares his refugee story – Part 2

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Editor’s note: Here is the second part of a story about a downtown Menlo Park merchant, Anthony On Lao. It was reported and written by Menlo-Atherton High School students Megan McDonnell and Jackson Confer with photos by Erica Miner. The first part can be found here. Finally, in 1985, Lao and his sister’s family arrived in Los […]

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Posh Bagel’s Anthony Lao shares his refugee story – Part 1

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Editor’s note: From time to time, we’re pleased to spotlight the good work being done by Menlo-Atherton High School journalism students. This story about a downtown Menlo Park merchant, Anthony On Lao, seems particularly timely. It was reported and written by Megan McDonnell and Jackson Confer with photos by Erica Miner. Due to it’s length, we […]

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Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

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Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26). Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly, festive […]

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21st century green grocer Kevin Bianchini is an enthusiastic foodie

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Kevin Bianchini is the amiable owner of Bianchini’s Markets in Ladera and San Carlos. He started Bianchini’s Market with his late father in Ladera in 1998, taking over the space occupied by Long’s Quality Foods since 1957. Father and son were already veteran grocers: Al was a long-time partner in the Foodville grocery store in San Carlos, where […]

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Charlie Parker returns to his hometown as new chef at Flea Street Cafe

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Growing up in Menlo Park, Charlie Parker would walk with his parents and siblings to Flea Street Cafe. “I remember some of [owner] Jesse’s signature dishes from the time I was 12,” he said. “Like ‘which came first the chicken or the egg’ and the sardines. There was always a good salad and a warm dining room.” After […]

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Super Bowl hot dogs make perfect game day snack when filled with super food

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An event as epic as the Super Bowl needs Super Food. This year we are keeping it simple and vibrant by kicking things off with “super food” topped hot dogs. A quick rush to the Menlo Park Farmers Market to intercept fresh greens was all it took. Loaded with vitamin C, calcium and carotenoids, my bunch of […]

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