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We headed downtown this morning to check out the 29th Connoisseurs’ Marketplace which spreads from Johnson St. to El Camino Real today and tomorrow. Hours both days are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Soni Bergman_2015Along the way we caught up with two Menlo Park-based artists, photographer Fred Mertz (booth 919) and jewelry maker Soni Bergman (pictured right; booth 915). Just a couple of booths down, we met  another jewelry maker, Sasha Samuels (top; both 905), who splits her time between Menlo and Portland. We promised to follow up with her after the show to learn more about her craft — and her paintings.

This year we sampled neither beer nor wine, but did stop by and talk to the folks at Lockeford Sausage. This amazing butcher in Lockeford, CA., has a fabulous variety of sausages if you’re ever in the area. Or stop by and sample the smoked brat they’ve brought to Menlo. Their food stand is almost at El Camino.

At the either end of the street near Fremont Park, we bought a carnitas Wa Ha Ka Bowl from Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile. Added to the meat was the usual rice, black beans, avocado and queso fresco but what made it super special — and delicious — was the kale and sweet potato. Just different enough to be a winner!

Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, the complete lineup of vendors taking part in the Connoisseurs’ Marketplace is available online. Side note: you can buy a nifty pictorial history of Menlo Park at the Chamber booth at Fremont Park for $20.

Photo of Sasha Samuels by Dennis Nugent

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29th annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace takes place in downtown Menlo Park July 18 and 19

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Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, the 29th Connoisseurs’ Marketplace will be held July 18-19 from 10:00 am to  6:00 pm along  Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. More than 200 fine art and contemporary craft exhibitors will be participating at this free event, which will feature a Culinary Arts Corner with demonstrations by 10 […]

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Diaper Derby and classic cars are featured at summer block party on June 17

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Get your little crawler hydrated and ready to race! The “Diaper Derby” is returning this year to the 9th Annual Summer Block Party on June 17. Sponsored by Cheeky Monkey and West Bay Sanitation, the “Diaper Derby” is a fun competition for children under age one. Little crawlers race across the giant rainbow mats into the arms […]

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Webb Ranch U-pick berries opens tomorrow, June 10

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The first of Webb Ranch’s first U-pick berries session will be tomorrow, June 10 and Saturday, June 13  from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bring the family and enjoy picking berries and eating in the lawn area. As of now, additional sessions will be held the four next Wednesdays and Saturdays, ending July 11. • All berries are […]

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Margo True reflects on her decade long career as Sunset Food Editor

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Editor’s note: On June 6-7, the last Celebration Weekend will be held at Sunset Magazine’s iconic Cliff May-designed offices in Menlo Park. Last December, the magazine’s owner, Time Inc., announced that it had sold the seven-acre campus of gardens and 1950s ranch-style buildings to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a San Francisco real estate investment and management […]

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35th annual Nativity Carnival this weekend kicks off summer in Menlo Park

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The 35th annual Nativity Carnival is happening this weekend at Nativity School (Oak Grove and Laurel) starting tomorrow, June 5 at 5:00 pm. It will be open Saturday, June 6 from noon to 11:00 pm and Sunday, June 7, from noon to 6:00 pm. Admission is free. In addition to 20 carnival rides and dozens of game […]

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Sunset leaves Menlo Park for new headquarters in Oakland’s Jack London Square

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Sunset will move its headquarters to Jack London Square in Oakland this December, Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc. announced today. Sunset will relocate to Oakland from the Menlo Park campus that it has occupied since 1951. Where the publishing company would land has been a topic of much discussion since last December when the magazine’s owner, […]

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Rotary Club’s Taste of Menlo – and beyond – will take place on June 3, raising money for needs-based scholarships

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park will host the 3rd annual food and wine fundraising event for its scholarship program on Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Menlo College. Tickets are available online. This year, the event is extended to be called “Taste of Menlo & beyond” to include restaurants beyond Menlo […]

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Supporting a CSA prompted Gudrun Enger to try new vegetables and start food blog

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Gudrun Enger first became acquainted with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) thanks to her Menlo Park neighbor, author and chef Donia Bijan. “She sent me an email about Two Small Farms starting a CSA,” she said. “I signed up and would go to Stanford West on Sand Hill to pick up my weekly box.” “One day […]

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Menlo Park boys sell lemonade and cookies to support Big Cats and Nepal

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A group of Menlo Park boys hosted a lemonade stand on Saturday afternoon to help raise money for Cause an Uproar and Nepal earthquake relief. Sponsored by National Geographic, Cause an Uproar focuses on helping to save Big Cats in Africa. Mr. Quarre’s class at Oak Knoll School has been fundraising for this organization this past week.

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Jesse Cool and Mitchell Johnson share art, food and admiration for each other

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Think of them as bookending the stretch of the Alameda in Menlo Park between Sharon and Walsh roads. One a restaurateur feeding the body. The other a painter feeding the soul. Jesse Cool, owner of Flea Street Cafe, and artist Mitchell Johnson are joined together in what has been a mutually beneficial partnership for about five years with the […]

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