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The answer to that question is “yes, sort of.”

For philanthropic people with deep pockets, there’s the opportunity to rub shoulders with Joe Montana and Matt Williams at the Big Game Big Give event at the Atherton estate of Jillian Manus tomorrow night for a cool $3,000 a pop. There’s an additional Menlo Park connection; Brendy Monsada of Left Bank will be one of the participating chefs.

Menlo’s two largest hotels, Rosewood Sand Hill and Stanford Park, report strong bookings. The former is offering a Super Bowl package starting at $1,500 that includes deluxe accommodations, arrival cocktails and pre-Super Bowl breakfast for two. “The food and beverage team at Madera has prepared some great offerings including the Smoke & Fire cocktail, a mixture of bourbon and beer topped with a slider and bacon, for visitors to enjoy,” said Managing Director Avi Haksar.

And local florist J Floral Art prepared close to 90 arrangements for guests staying there (pictured above right).

Chaya Donne, Director of Sales and Events at the Stanford Park, said that several corporate groups have multiple-day stays there. “Most of them are clients we work with regularly,” she explained. “Some are hosting their customers, and some are having employee parties.”

Local restaurants are seeing an uptick, too. “Yes, super busy and some amazing 49ers showing up for dinner,” said Jesse Cool of Flea Street Cafe, which is usually fully-booked on weekend nights anyway.

Flea Street is where locals and out-of-town visitors can see some of Menlo Park-based artist Mitchell Johnson’s paintings as well as four large paintings on display at the McKesson building in San Francisco, for those staying in the City. In addition, Bay Area visitors who pick up a Sunday New York Times will get a copy of the artist’s recent catalog.

Then there’s Menlo Park’s largest employer, Facebook, that recently launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which makes it possible to follow the game with your friends without being in the same room. The promise: “See posts from your friends and their comments on the play-by-play, content from experts close to the action, live scores, stats and great game-related videos.”

Photo courtesy of J Floral Art

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Sacred Heart Prep plays hard in second state title football game in three years

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M-A Girls Volleyball team is in SoCal to compete in California State Championship Finals

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Update: The Bears lost to defending state champion Redondo Union in three sets. By winning three sets in a row and beating first-seed Monte Vista High School (Danville) in the Northern California Regional Championships on Wednesday evening (Dec. 2), the Menlo-Atherton Girls Volleyball team earned a trip to Santiago Canyon College in Orange County where […]

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Cal Bears invade Stanford Cardinal terrority

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It’s a beautiful afternoon for a football game, making it an even bigger shame that the Big Game is being played today at 7:30 pm. Possibly more frustrating to Cardinal fans, this is the fifth out of six home games that have been played at night. Touring a couple of Menlo Park neighborhoods, we found plenty of […]

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SHP tight end Andrew Daschbach selected 49ers High School Player of the Week

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Atherton resident Andrew Daschbach, who attends Sacred Heart Prep, was chosen as the 49ers High School Player for week nine. The senior tight end for the Gators had a record-breaking performance in a big win over the Burlingame Panthers. SHP beat Burlingame 42-33 to keep their PAL Bay Division championship dreams alive. Burlingame was previously […]

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Spotted: Fleet Feet Menlo Park running coaches in Cuban hats at Carpaccio

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Christy Ericson completes an inspirational New York City Marathon on Nov. 1

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I first met Menlo Park resident Christy Ericson in the spring of 2014 when she came to my fitness studio [Studio K- Fit located at Marsh Manor] with Meredith, a close friend. She told me her goals were to lose a little weight and get into shape and asked if I could train her. The very […]

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Catching up with filmmaker Bob Rider about his documentary on Joe Roth

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We first talked to Menlo Park resident Bob Rider when he and filmmaking partner, Phil Schaaf, had just finished a rough cut of their documentary on Cal quarterback, Joe Roth, who played his senior year in 1976 after being diagnosed with a recurrence of melanoma. Roth died in February, 1977, at his Berkeley apartment. Since then, […]

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Spotted: Huskies banner deep in Cardinal territory

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M-A’s Jordan Mims selected High School Player of the Week by the San Francisco 49ers

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The San Francisco 49ers High School Player of the Week Award for week 7 goes to Jordan Mims of Menlo-Atherton High School. The Junior running back had a night for the record books in M-A’s 31-10 conference win over Aragon. Mims rushed for an astounding 321 yards – marking a new record for the Menlo-Atherton program. […]

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Five inducted into the Menlo School Athletics Hall of Fame

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Menlo School welcomed five inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony earlier this month at the West Gym of the Athletic Center. Hall of Famers are recognized for leadership, sportsmanship and superiority in athletic competition, and dedicating countless hours to helping others achieve their athletic goals. Inductees are: Jason Armstrong ’00 – baseball and football Armstrong […]

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