Finally in Fremont: For years, the Bay Area's fourth-largest city has been "under-retailed" when it comes to trendsetting food, despite its high-income, highly educated, multicultural population. So for Fremont residents, the opening this Wednesday of a Whole Foods (3111 Mowry Ave. at Paseo Padre Parkway) is a pretty big deal.
When the doors open at 9:45 a.m., shoppers will find: An emphasis on hyper-local offerings, with organic produce from J.E. Perry Farms -- the sentimental local favorite -- leading the way. The Perry family has been farming in Fremont's Ardenwood area since the 1930s. (We've posted a delish Whole Foods chef recipe for Curried Cauliflower Soup inspired by Perry's "cheddar" variety of cauliflower at www.mercurynews.com/food-wine.) There will also be fresh flowers from the Foolish Hens, a new farming duo at Sunol Ag Park; olive oil from the century-old trees at Hillcrest Ranch in Sunol; and ice cream made by Golnazar of San Ramon from vintage Persian recipes. Foods that speak to the demographics of Fremont and neighboring Milpitas: The new store boasts a Dosa Station featuring Indian-style savories and a Wok Station. Halal lamb will be sold here (a Whole Foods first), and there's a full case of frozen halal foods made by Saffron Road. Mission Peak Tap Alley, with several taps featuring local craft brews, gluten-free cider and house-made Italian soda. Some NorCal firsts for Whole Foods: There will be a specialty Waffle Station for sweet and/or savory options and a Melt Station where you can have grilled cheese sandwiches made to order. Make mine gruyere with caramelized onions and arugula.
Oktoberfest season: It's beer and brats season, and Mountain View's Steins is getting in on the fun by co-hosting that city's first Oktoberfest (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 5 and 6) with the Chamber of Commerce and Tied House in the lot directly behind Steins. Think German brews, tasty food, live music and kid-friendly activities. A portion of the proceeds benefits Can Do MS, and the German International School of Silicon Valley's student outreach organization, SOAR. 895 Villa St., steinsbeergarden.com.
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