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We visited with Menlo Park resident Bill Mince when he was still developing and testing his EZStart® Charcoal Chimney, which eliminates the use of lighter fluid and the need to pour out hot coals.

Adds Bill: “By using the EcoStart® Disk, made of environmental friendly pulp paper we eliminate chemical odors from lighter fluid and flying newspaper ashes.”

In honor of Father’s Day, there’s a promotion on Amazon  — 40% off on all items offered by EZ Flame BBQ when you purchase two or more. Enter code EZ022018 at checkout to apply the savings.

The offer expires at midnight on Thursday June 14, so the chimney can arrive in time for the Sunday cookout.

In addition, Bill emailed that a new website is up and running where he’ll be adding a section on recipes. He welcomes input from friends and InMenlo readers.

 

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Spotted: Dazzling display of ranunculus at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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How could you not stop at Tony Cozzolino’s dazzling display of ranunculus flowers at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. It may still be winter but the “rose of spring” had arrived! Equally dazzling were his tulips, many of which were still sealed shut, waiting to open until they landed in a buyer’s home. We […]

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Spotted: New vendor – Smit Farms – at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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We stopped at the Smit Farms booth this morning at the Menlo Park Farmers Market, the second week the primarily apple grower from Linden, CA, has been there. The farm has been supplying tree fruit that has been sustainably grown to Certified Farmer’s Markets since 1969. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018 

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Jill Layman opens gallery that showcases art along with providing space for events

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In Jill Layman’s mind, the opening of her art and event space in downtown Menlo Park was “like the universe snowballing in the right direction.” “I’d considered going back to the corporate world and also thought about opening a cheese shop,” she said. “Both times, I hit a wall. But with A.Space, everything just came […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park school district administrators at Farmers Market

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Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister, Oak Knoll principal Kirsten Garcia and Hillview associate principal Joan von der Linden (pictured left to right) were on had at the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning. They were there to say “thanks” to the community for voting “yes” on proposition X and to answers questions […]

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Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery are linked by artistic endeavors, now on display at Gitane

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Dogs and art sparked a friendship between Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery that’s led to an art show currently on display at Gitane in downtown Menlo Park. Lisa, a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, works in collage and mixed media. She’s been making art off and on for the past 20 years, although she […]

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David Winsberg of Happy Quail Farms may be best known for peppers – but that’s not all he grows

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Farmer David Winsberg is a passionate steward of the land but that’s not what got him from Florida to California. “I came out to be an apprentice glass blower with Billy Bernstein,” he informs his two visitors at Happy Quails Farm in East Palo Alto. “I fell in love with California and worked at various jobs […]

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Spotted: Trader Joe’s celebrating its 50th anniversary

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We stopped in at Trader Joe’s on Menlo Avenue today and discovered the food chain was celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. That made us feel a little smug as we knew TJ’s way before the Bay Area was blessed by its presence. In the early 70s we shopped at the original Trader Joe’s on […]

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Visit Lee’s Bees – and the kids behind the project – this Saturday at Cafe Zoë

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We were lucky enough to get a preview this afternoon of Lee’s Bees, a project that two Menlo Park kids — 10-year-old Heather and her 12-year-old brother, Jason — have been working on this summer, under the guidance of their grandmother, Sandy Lee, who lives next door to her grandchildren. The young bee keepers tend […]

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Facebook launches mobile farmers market in Menlo Park & East Palo Alto

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Facebook, which has hosted farmers markets on its campus, is turning the tables and bringing produce directly to three nearby community sites — Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park and St. Francis of Assisi Church and the East Palo Alto Senior Center, both in East Palo Alto. The new mobile market began today and will run […]

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Menlo Park Farmers Market marks 25th anniversary

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It was a day for celebrating at this morning’s Farmers Market in downtown Menlo Park where festive balloons lined the marketplace. A group from the sponsoring Lions Club was on hand to present the vendors with commemorative plaques and hand out cake to market goers. We chatted with Lori Hennings who has been the market manager […]

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