September 2015

Menlo-Atherton High School grad Margie Ragland Kreibel’s career path post college was not unusual — time spent in public policy for the City of Palo Alto and then sales and marketing at Apple and other tech companies. But then she had an “a-ha” moment.

“I thought, ‘I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,'” she recalls. ‘The people change but the problems don’t. I’m going to do something I’ve always wanted to do.'”

For Margie, that was becoming a chef. She enrolled in an intensive program at San Francisco Cooking School and was among the new school’s first graduating class.

She did her internship just down the hill from her Sharon Heights home — at Flea Street Cafe on the Alameda. “Chef Carlos Canada, who’s now a co-owner with Jessie Cool, was such a great teacher,” she says. “He wouldn’t just tell me what to do but would involve himself by observing what I was doing. He’s explain why that was one way but there were other ways to get the same outcome.”

Margie describes herself as a “personal chef” and “small event caterer” and calls her business Local Flavors, typically doing two to three events a week. “I have some steady clients, like a VC firm I cook for on a regular basis,” she says. “But I go into homes and do dinner parties a lot, too.

“I love what I do. I like the physicality. I like having control of my schedule. I love working with the farmers I’ve gotten to know. I’m doing something that feeds my soul!”

Photo by Irene Searles

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Little House hosts open house on October 3

Little House Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center in Menlo Park is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to introduce the community to its activities, classes and social programs. “Over the past several months we have expanded the list of exercise/fitness classes, art courses, instructional workshops and […]

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Menlo Park through the decades is subject of new book packed with photos

Some things stay the same: Lutticken’s and Country Corner are in their familiar places along the Alameda. Ann’s Coffee Shop and Flegel’s can still be found on Santa Cruz Avenue. But did you know that Sharon Heights was once the name of a 32-room mansion, not just a neighborhood. And during the 50s, helicopters were manufactured in […]

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D’Anne Burwell chronicles the story of her son’s addiction in new book, Saving Jake

D’Anne Burwell first crept out of the shame-of-addiction shadow two years ago when she introduced the documentary, The Anonymous People, at a screening at her alma mater, Menlo-Atherton High School. Now she’s more fully in the spotlight with the release of Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home. The book chronicles her son’s years of drug addiction and […]

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Annual pancake breakfast at fire station slated for October 3

The 15th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 3 at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road. This popular annual event, co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Firefighters Association, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, the Stanford Park Hotel and the Menlo […]

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“Sudoku Guru” to share puzzle techniques during Menlo Park appearance

Puzzle enthusiasts interested in sharpening their Sudoku skills are invited to hear some sage advice from “The Sudoku Guru,” during a free program to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on Tuesday, September 29. Divyang “Dave” Pandit approached the famous number puzzle with his analytical engineer’s mind — but it was his octogenarian mother […]

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Talking crime, state of downtown, and traffic with Menlo Park police and transportation departments

Editor’s note: We received enough emails from readers about what they perceive as an increasingly unsafe downtown Menlo Park along with an assortment of traffic-related gripes that we scheduled time to talk with Commander Dave Bertini of the Menlo Park Police Department and Nikki Sagawa of the city’s transportation department. Below is an edited version […]

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Connie Tamaddon produces new video in advance of Ride and Yoga for Ravenswood fundraiser

While at college in Wisconsin, Menlo Park resident Connie Tamaddon decided that majoring in art wouldn’t “pay the bills,” so she switched to business. But it’s art that’s turned out to be her chief pursuit. Now that her two kids are off at college, Connie is eager to expand her services as a videographer for […]

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DelMar Pharmaceuticals works to solve the brain cancer treatment riddle

There are certain rare cancers that don’t seem as rare when almost everyone you talk to knows someone who has — or had — the disease. Such is the case with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadly form of human brain cancer. “It may seem more prevalent than it is statistically because it affects people […]

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Closing party is planned for Foster’s Freeze on September 30

Menlo-Atherton High School grad Susan Laird and her husband travelled all the way from Folsom, California, over the weekend to bid adieu to the landmark she grew up with, Foster’s Freeze. While there, she visited with Sung Lee and his wife, who’ve operated the ice cream/burger shop for three decades. They are retiring, and Foster’s […]

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Corals reefs and climate change is topic of Sept. 24 USGS public lecture

USGS Research Geologist and Oceanographer Curt Storlazzi will look at “Coral Reefs, Climate Change, and Atoll Sustainability” at the next USGS public lecture on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 pm. Topics include: Sea level is rising, threatening low-lying atoll islands throughout the western Pacific Ocean. Climate change is degrading the coral reefs that atoll islands have […]

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