Farm to fork: The map on the wall at Our House in San Jose pinpoints the sourcing of ingredients: Bassian Farms, Galli Produce in San Jose, Humboldt Grassfed Beef, Superior Farms lamb from Redlands, Petaluma's Rocky Chicken, Babe Farms in Santa Maria.
"We're trying to keep things local and seasonal," says Meredith Wright, a cell biologist who has become a restaurateur for his encore career. (Want to guess which job he thinks is harder work? You got it.) He's teamed up with chef John Ladas, whose résumé includes kitchen and front-of-house experience at Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys and Burger Bar, Monterey's TusCA and Alexander's Steakhouse.
They, and Wright's daughter Bailey, are giving downtown employees and visitors a farm-to-fork experience near the Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Art and the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. For breakfast, try house-made biscuits and sausage, omelets with cage-free eggs and veggies, freshly baked coffee cake. Lunch highlights include organic confit duck leg, curried chicken with lentils, roasted local beets with goat cheese mousse, and burgers and chicken sandwiches served with all-housemade condiments and pickles on seeded buns baked by nearby Roma. Details: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 185 Park Ave.
St Paddy's fare: Bay Area restaurants are rolling out the St. Patrick's Day menus. At Sabio on Main in Pleasanton, chef Francis X. Hogan will serve Garlic and Kale Concannon Fritters with Cashel blue cheese crème fraîche, lamb-Guinness stew and a sundae with Irish whiskey brittle. Zanotto's in Sunnyvale is doing Italian-Irish sandwiches -- that's corned beef made from lean Piedmontese beef. And, the Harry's Hofbrau locations in San Leandro, Redwood City and San Jose will serve corned beef platters (thousands of them) all week long. Find more menus on our St. Patrick's Day events list, www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living.
On the rise: No longer will you Peninsula residents have to wait till the Sunday farmers market in Palo Alto to get your Manresa Bread levain and croissants. They'll soon be baking sweets and savories all week long in downtown Los Altos. When? Well, you can watch the Eat Drink Play blog for updates or keep driving past 271 State St. to check out the progress. This will be the second brick-and-mortar after the original in Los Gatos, which recently celebrated its anniversary by baking 400 baguettes. (We would have just cracked open a bottle of bubbly, but those early-rising bakers are a more energetic breed.)
Coming to the Creek: If you're a fan of Dunkin' Donuts, the popular East Coast chain, you're in luck. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Matt Cobo is turning a Walnut Creek Taco Bell into the Bay Area's first Dunkin' D franchise, with 11 more to follow within Contra Costa County. The Walnut Creek DD is expected to open this summer at 1250 Newell Ave. -- near Whole Foods and an easy walk from Las Lomas High.
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