Slice of the pie business: We have a new entrant in the red-hot South Bay customized-pizza competition: MOD Pizza. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, these restaurants build an individual 11-inch pizza with your preferred toppings, Chipotle-style, then bake it in an 800-degree oven. It's ready in mere minutes. And there's just one price, about $8, no matter how many toppings you choose.

MOD Pizza -- it stands for Made on Demand -- was launched in 2008 by the couple who founded the Seattle Coffee Co., making them a pioneer in this rapidly growing niche market. Their MOD squad is now creating pizzas at a San Jose location, 5670 Cottle Road in the Village Oaks center, and two more restaurants are in the works. One will open at Westgate West in mid-November and the other on Coleman Avenue, within easy walking distance of the Earthquakes soccer stadium now under construction. Details: www.modpizza.com.

A club with bacon-wrapped hot dogs: Do your happy dance. Downtown Walnut Creek's popular 310 Eatery has announced a joint venture with Redux Lounge, the nightclub around the corner.

Aaron Fong, the 20-year-old owner of 310, plans to close the current (and quite small) Bonanza Street location to move into the 4,000-square-foot club on Sept. 15. You can expect the same Los Angeles street food-inspired menu of drippy, hot pastrami sandwiches, beef-and-bacon burgers, pork belly burritos and much more, Fong told us. But he was hush-hush on just about everything else.

As the story goes, 310 began catering for the club soon after the eatery opened, and its love for the late-night crowd (and their appreciation of Fong's fun cuisine) quickly revealed itself as a win-win relationship. Don't worry about comfortable shoes, just make sure you wear stretchy-waisted pants to this dance club.


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Good food, good causes: You're about to dine on a gourmet meal created from exceptional, picked-that-day produce. Even better: You get to pay it forward, putting your dinner dollars toward the farmers and foodies of tomorrow. That's the idea behind the fundraising harvest dinners in San Jose for Veggielution, a community farm, and the California Native Garden Foundation. The Veggielution dinner, on Aug. 23, is called Bounty of Heart's Delight and will feature a five-course menu by chef Affie Mahini of Cafe Pomegranate -- plus farm tours and a barn dance with live music. For tickets, which are $100, go to www.veggielution.org. The native-garden event, the California Fall Harvest Festival, is scheduled for Sept. 20 and will include a "native edible" tasting menu by a team of chefs, garden-brewed beer and live jazz. Tickets, $15 students, $100 general; www.middlebrookcenter.com/elsee.

Another Doughnut Dolly: There is a higher power. Hannah Hoffman of Doughnut Dolly in Oakland's Temescal District has opened a second location in West Berkeley. The new spot (in the same plaza as the new Philz Coffee) is similar to the one in Temescal Alley, with four filling flavors -- her signature "naughty" cream and dark chocolate are the stuff of dreams -- for her fluffy, fresh doughnuts. For the first time, Hoffman is offering espresso as well as some new food items that are still in the works. August hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until they sell out. Details: 1313 Ninth St., Suite 120, Berkeley. www.doughnutdolly.com.

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