Back in business: This cafe story is as heartwarming as the food served there. For 25 years, Janet and Bill Dancer, of Sunnyvale, often enjoyed breakfast at a homey spot called Bobbi's Coffee Shop in Cupertino, and Janet continued going after Bill passed away. When the restaurant closed in March, son Bill set about to purchase his mother's hangout. Now they're the owners, and the eatery has just reopened with a slight change in spelling: It's now Bobbie's Cafe. The Dancers renovated the place but kept all that was precious to them and fellow customers: the menu and the staff. In fact, the whole staff returned, "every one of them," from cooks to servers, Janet said. "I am so grateful that they came back.
Calling all Yan fans: Master chef Martin Yan will make an appearance at his Yan Can Santa Clara restaurant on Saturday. His fans are invited to join him for the Chinese New Year-themed event with executive chef Cory Chen. There will be a cooking demo, photo opportunities, book signings, plus a multicourse dinner. Reservations are mandatory for the $35 lunch (1:30 p.m.) and the $45 dinner (5:30 p.m.); email YanCanSC@gmail.com. Details: 3927 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara. 408-748-3355; www.yancanrestaurants.com.
Urban-farm campaign: For two years, CommUniverCity's "Garden to Table" project has been working to increase the availability of garden-grown vegetables and fruits in central San Jose's low-income communities. The group already has one school garden, two home gardens and three apartment gardens to its credit, and tons of fruit have been harvested in the area. Now the group is looking to create a nonprofit urban farm. If you'd like to help, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise -- wait for it -- yes, seed money! Details: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1248685806/garden-to-table.
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