Rosewood Sand Hill

Yesterday, Rosewood Sand Hill celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party on the pool deck. The Stanford-owned resort opened on April 2, 2009.

Executive Chef Reylon Agustin was on hand preparing the the hot hors d’oeuvres. And we chatted with wine director and advanced sommelier Paul Mekis, who has been with the restaurant since it opened and is its longest tenured employee.

Madera, the hotel’s restaurant, is Michelin rated one star. The most recent Guide states: “The grand open kitchen, roaring fireplace and large outdoor patio complete with gorgeous views of the Santa Cruz mountains draw a moneyed crowd of local techies. While its location may mean it is open for three meals a day, come for dinner to taste this kitchen’s ambition and pure talent. The cuisine is contemporary, thoughtfully composed with seasonal ingredients and even surprising at times.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Madera wins Wine Spectator Award under the stewardship of Paul Mekis

“The cellar has grown a bit,” Madera restaurant director of wine Paul Mekis told us when we caught up with him recently after first profiling him in 2014. The reason for our return visit: Madera, located in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator this year, one […]

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Spotted: Pokémon Go bonbons at Madera

Madera, the restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, has added a new trendy dessert — Pokémon Go-themed bonbons. The flavors, pictured top to bottom, are: Gotta Catch ‘Em All (Pokémon collage: vanilla bean ganache); Articuno (blue bird: dark chocolate infused with icy mint): Pokéball #1: (strawberries, crème and a touch of pop rocks); Moltres (red bird: a blend of chili […]

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Avi Haksar takes the helm as Managing Director at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

Avi Haksar became familiar with hotels early in life as his parents were from different parts of the world, India and Ireland. “Growing up in India, I did a lot traveling with my mom both to Ireland and the States and stayed in a lot of hotels,” he explained. “You get a sense of the sights, […]

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Earth Hour commemorated at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

In an effort to shine a light on the negative effects of climate change, Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park dimmed its lights for the 10th annual Earth Hour tonight for over an hour, illuminating its Madera restaurant and Sense spa by candlelight. “This was the second year we took part in Earth Hour,” said Gabor Vida, Rosewood’s […]

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Rosewood Sand Hill’s managing director Alan Campey reflects on career in the luxury hospitality industry

The idea occurred to Alan Campey while teaching water skiing on Lake Muskoka in northern Ontario. “I spent my summers there during high school,” he recalled over lunch at Madera in Menlo Park’s Rosewood Sand Hill, where he is Managing Director. “The basic job requirement was drive the boat safely and be able to pull people out of the […]

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Rosewood Sand Hill Pastry Chef Mellisa Root talks about her passion for her craft

Mellisa Root, who grew up in Idaho, joined the staff at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park as Executive Pastry Chef last fall. She oversees baked goods and confectionaries for the hotel’s restaurant Madera as well as banquet services. Before coming to California, she was most recently at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York […]

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Spotted: “Golden Egg” at Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park

That’s one big “Golden Egg” on display in the lobby of the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park. It was created in-house by Executive Pastry Chef Mellisa Root using over 400 pounds of chocolate! Joining the “Golden Egg” on Easter Sunday will be an outdoor petting zoo, featuring rabbits, ducks, chickens, goats, pot-belly pigs and […]

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Menlo Park’s Madera Restaurant wins its first Michelin star

Since its opening last year, fans of Madera Restaurant at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park have known something special had come to town – fabulous views, vibrant bar scene, and great food coming out of Executive Chef Peter Rudolph’s kitchen. Michelin agrees: the restaurant just received its first star, becoming one of only […]

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Madera: Where grown ups eat on Thanksgiving

Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! Reserve this as a tip for next year – at least as long as Executive Chef Peter Randolph (pictured overseeing the kitchen and service) is at the helm. Madera – the restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill, which opened in Menlo in April – is the place to have Thanksgiving dinner with a a […]

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Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Menlo Park

Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! A great byproduct of the new Rosewood Sand Hill is that its a terrific place to watch the sunset from either the outdoor patio adjacent to the bar or Madera restaurant. Food is tasty (although pricey in the restaurant) and view towards the western hills is awesome. Heads up #1: While umbrellas provide […]

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