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On a cold rainy day in February, the Hillview Middle School Service Club set out to help their community by delivering hot food to the homeless. Locals that day may have seen a group of nine children walking with steaming bags of food. But what they didn’t see was the story behind it, the way this group came to be, and the effort put into this project.

Hillview second verticalThe story begins a warm August day, when a trio of boys decided to raise money for their school service club. All day they carried lemons in their backpacks; at lunch they squeezed them into lemonade, and after school they sold it. “We raised $75 from that lemonade stand,” recalls Peter Vitale, a service club member.

The group then started making smaller bags with Subway cards, water bottles, socks, granola bars, and guides to local homeless shelters. As they continued holding lemonade stands, which evolved into bake sales, the group decided to do more. “We want them to experience the feeling of a nice, homecooked meal,” states Sarah Marks, a member who helped cook meals.

One week, the group got busy. Children cooked many different hot gourmet meals. On a Saturday, they assembled the heated food into containers, organized their bags, and set out to make a difference. The Service Club covered a large terrain, ranging from the underpass at Woodside Road on 101 to the train station in Menlo Park.

The homeless were grateful and appreciative, offering advice to the Hillview students, such as “stay in school” and “always wear your bike helmet”. The children even delivered a bag to a former Hillview student, now in her 30’s. When asked what motivated them to serve the homeless, Claire Lange-McPherson, another Service Club member, commented “They know someone cares about them. And that feels good.”

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Boy Scout Troop 206 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast set for March 8

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Boy Scout Troop 206 is hosting its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 8 from 8:00 am to noon in the parish hall at Trinity Church (333 Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park. Cost is $5 per adult or every two children; Scouts in uniform eat free. Menu includes Formula 206 flapjacks, fresh fruit & […]

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Spotted: Chef Josh Pebbles cutting up a pig at new Borrone MarketBar

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Call it a good rainy day activity. Photographer Scott R. Kline stopped in at the newly-opened Borrone MarketBar on Wednesday (2/26) after doing an InMenlo assignment. He found chef Josh Pebbles, who, along with wife Marina Borrone, developed the concept for the new eatery adjacent to Cafe Borrone, at work cutting up a pig. MarketBar […]

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Off the Grid food trucks make their debut at Caltrain station in Menlo Park

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With the debut of Off the Grid at the Menlo Park Caltrain station on Wednesday night, Menlo Park residents can now choose to eat dinner from food trucks twice a week. The newest food truck event, which will be weekly, joins the long-standing Willows Market food truck night held on Mondays. Off the Grid is a […]

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Nico Freccia of the 21st Amendment Brewery talks beer at Left Bank in Menlo Park

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A theater major at Northwestern who came west to pursue an acting career, Nico Freccia got his first taste of the hospitality industry like many out of work actors, waiting tables. Along the way he became a home brewer. His ability to hold a crowd and talk beer was on display last weekend at a […]

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Plantation Cafe is go-to spot for VCs, neighborhood regulars – and a bunch of tweeners

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For the last 15 years, the Plantation Cafe on the Alameda in west Menlo Park has been very much a family affair. That goes for the owners as well as their loyal customers, some of whom are lunching out at a young age. “This was an existing cafe that we took over in 1999,” explained […]

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Learn how to cook the Homemade way in Menlo Park – and free yourself from dieting

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On their paths to careers in medicine and law, Dr. Chloe Chien (pictured right) and Anna Rakoczy made what to outsiders might look like an abrupt left turn. They started their own company, Homemade, that promotes healthy eating and weight loss. Their initial offering takes place weekly (over four different nights) at the Arrillaga Recreation Center  in […]

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Spotted: Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are totally edible cakes!

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Beth Ann Goldberg and the folks at Studio Cake in Menlo Park have done it again. This year’s “can-this-really-be-a-cake?” were none other than Mr. and Mrs Santa Claus. We’re lucky enough to eat Christmas dinner at this Peninsula household each year. Here are links to past cakes: 2012 (mice and yarn), 2011 (reindeer pulling sleigh), 2010 […]

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Chef John Gurnee takes the helm at LB Steak in downtown Menlo Park

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It’s probably a stretch to say that if John Gurnee’s mother hadn’t been an endurance rider, spending long hours training on horseback, he might not have become a chef. In high school, he often fended for himself at meal time, at times drawing inspiration from the big family dinners he’d enjoyed at his father’s family […]

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Menlo Park couple Dzung Duong and Nate Lewis bring cooking and entertaining skills to your kitchen

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Four years ago, Dzung Duong and Nate Lewis — partners in business and life — went to Celebration Weekend at Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park. The celebrity chefs caught their eye, and they remember leaving the event thinking “that looks like fun — wish we could do something like that.” Today that wish has become a reality for […]

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Martha’s Pastries in Menlo Park is destination for baked goods for 25 years

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Baking is in her blood, explains Martha Merz, the force behind Martha’s Pastries in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center for the past 25 years. “My great, great grandfather started a bakery in Germany,” she says. “All of my father’s brothers were bakers. He was the only one who wasn’t. My daughter and I did get […]

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