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Nicolas Agraz is the new Executive Chef at Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park, bringing many years of experience with the renowned top chefs in Paris, namely Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak as well as Christophe Vasseur (chef at the bakery “Du Pain et Des Idées” that serves the restaurant Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée).

Leveraging his passion for amazing pastries and fine Parisian gastronomy, he plans to deliver new and amazing experiences for customers by crafting a new range of seasonal, fresh and organic products that are the trademark of Mlle Colette.

Mademoiselle Colette CEO Debora Ferrand says “I am thrilled that such a renowned French chef has joined us at a time when Mlle Colette is developing several exciting new projects, including the launch of a new Redwood City store.”

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Melody Hu launches Petit Bakery with Asian mochi the “secret sauce”

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A new bakery springs from the prolific rental kitchen of Studio Cake in Menlo Park. At the beginning of the year, Melody Hu launched her patisserie business, Petit Bakery Co. A native of Taiwan who moved to the Bay Area in her teens, she admits to falling into — rather than planning — her newest […]

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Local writer Rebecca Bloom co-authors “The Anti-Cook Book”

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Menlo Park resident Rebecca Bloom is a lawyer turned writer. Her writing “partner-in-crime” and one-time college roommate, Shelly Onderdonk, is a veterinarian. It’s natural that the two, neither chef nor food critic, would combine for a new book, The Anti-Cook Book. And not to be mis-understood: They are not against cooks, meaning the people who […]

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Menlo Summer Fest returns to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 21-22

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Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” returns to downtown Menlo Park the weekend of July 21-22. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. Admission is free. There will be an end of day concert featuring Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute band to the music of Michael Jackson, on Saturday, July 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm […]

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers

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My Great Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers are a legend and a must have for the 4th of July! It’s a traditional snack that no one can resist and you can not get more all American than a recipe from a special relative in her 90s. Pictured is my Great Aunt Nita with her siblings and parents; my grandmother […]

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Coffebar is a welcome addition on Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: We welcome a new InMenlo contributor, Bita Arabian. The Menlo Park resident is a health coach for Kurbo Health where she teaches kids, families, and teens to make good choices around food, and to plan out daily exercise. She also writes a  healthy recipes food blog called OvenHug.  In her free time she dances for exercise and […]

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Spotted: Bread at the Menlo Park Farmers Market

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If you’re familiar with farmers markets in Europe, there are always at least one bread vendor, and, at the larger markets, three or four. Finally, Menlo Park’s farmers market has bread for sale, and we heard rave reviews about Little Sky Bakery, which is based right here in town. Only time for a quick snapshot […]

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Nativity Carnival kicks off summer June 8-10

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The 38th annual Nativity Carnival begins Friday, June 8 at 5:00 pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday, taking place at 1250 Laurel Street in Menlo Park. There are rides, raffle, music and food. Proceeds benefit Church of the Nativity. More details available online. InMenlo file photo (c) 2016

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Spotted: Leo Wurtz shucking oysters at Oysterette

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The Oysterette at Flea Street Cafe has re-opened, sporting a new roof and added heaters for those sometimes chilly summer evenings. Leo Wurtz is once again on hand to shuck oysters and prepare seasonal small plates designed by Chef Charlie Parker that are different from the Cafe’s menu. The night we stopped by we enjoyed, in […]

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Menlo Park “all-in” for Curry – let’s go Dubs!

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Walking around downtown Menlo Park this morning had the look of a Steph Curry fan club. We spotted a half dozen Curry shirts on men and women, young and old. Our favorite is worn by the always friendly man who is part of the Medina Berry booth.  The third-generation family farm is located on 48 […]

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Playful patterned platter of hot dogs – Memorial Day BBQ

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Memorial Day snuck up on me this year and instead of stressing over what to serve, I’m opting to keep it simple and traditional, with a touch of whimsy. With a wave of the magic mustard wand, our weekend hot dogs are going from drab to designer. It’s amazing how just a pop of yellow can […]

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