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San Jose’s Whole Foods Market hosts brewery re-opening Friday

A brewery/taproom at Whole Foods in San Jose is the site of a party June 2

Floodcraft Brewing Company is the new name for the brewery and taproom located inside Whole Foods Market on The Alameda in San Jose. To celebrate the re-naming, it’s having events all weekend long with special activities at the store beginning Friday, June 2.

Friday’s event is 6-8 p.m. The party is free and open to the public; you must be at least 21 years old.


If you RSVP ahead of time at Eventbrite, you receive a free Floodcraft beer koozie. For more information, call (408) 207-1126.

The party will include:

  • A breaking bread ceremony (actually, a pretzel — as the organizers point out, it’s a craft beer event after all!)
  • The first tapping of Floodcraft kegs
  • The opportunity to meet head brewmaster Guy Cameron
  • Floodcraft’s 19 rotating taps of craft beer – including 4 to 6 exclusive in-house beers, plus wines and cider on draft
  • A food popup



Whole Foods Market is at 777 The Alameda, San Jose.

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Pi Day discounts at Blaze Pizza and Whole Foods Market on the Central Coast

Blaze Pizza has $3.14 pies on Pi Day, March 14, 2017 Credit: Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza has $3.14 pies on Pi Day, March 14, 2017
Credit: Blaze Pizza

Pi Day, March 14, is tomorrow and people and businesses will be celebrating across the country—including restaurants and food vendors on the Central Coast such as Blaze Pizza and Whole Foods Market.

Blaze Pizza, which offers customers personalized pizza cooked in three minutes, has 185 restaurants—mostly in the US, but also in Canada. It’s celebrating Pi Day by offering $3.14 whole pizzas all day at all locations on March 14. Originally imagined as an unconventional “pop-up” event three years ago, Blaze’s Pi Day celebration has become very popular. They expect to serve close to 250,000 pizzas on March 14, 2017.


Whole Foods Market is celebrating Pi Day by offering customers $3.14 off both large bakery pies and large take-and-bake pizzas. Frozen products are excluded from this promotion.

This deal is only valid on March 14 and available while supplies last at shops across the county including Bay Area ones like Capitola, Santa Cruz and Monterey. Varieties of pies and pizzas vary from store to store, but may include pumpkin pie, apple pie, gluten-free apple pie, cherry pie, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, and vegan pizza. All WFM pies and pizzas contain no hydrogenated fats, no bleached or bromated flours, and no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Here are some facts about Pi Day provided by Blaze Pizza:

  • Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14, to commemorate the irrational number of 3.141592653
  • In 2009 the US government recognized March 14 as National Pi Day
  • Pi, or π, is defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It’s an irrational number, meaning it cannot be written as a simple fraction
  • March 14 is also Einstein’s birthday. He was born in Germany in 1879
  • The first organized Pi Day was in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Physicist Larry Shaw had the idea to celebrate the day by marching around a circle and then eating some pies. They still have the celebration today


Local Blaze Details

  • Blaze San Jose-Almaden is at 5353 Almaden Expressway. Call (408) 440-2307 for details.
  • Blaze Marina is at The Dunes, 110 General Stilwell Dr. Call (831) 324-0246 for details.
  • Blaze Salinas is Northridge Mall, 796 Northridge Shopping Center. Call (831) 443-1123 for details.

For more Blaze locations, including one in SF at Stonestown, see the store locator.

Local Whole Foods Details

For more Whole Foods Market locations, see the store locator.


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Santa Cruz, Capitola, Gilroy, & San Jose food and beer events this weekend

Chef Carla Hall learns how to do a calamari flame-up on Gourmet Alley at the 2014 festival

Chef Carla Hall learns how to do a calamari flame-up on Gourmet Alley at the 2014 festival

There are many food and beer events occurring this weekend in local cities including Santa Cruz, Capitola, San Jose, and Gilroy. Below are details for a few of them, including two that start today.

Friday, July 24-Sunday, July 26: Gilroy Garlic Festival
The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival includes celebrity chef Daphne Oz (from ABC-TV’s “The Chew”), four chefs competing in the garlic cook-off, and lots of food. The garlic cook-off takes place Sunday, July 26, where the contestants face off in front of a live audience. Following that battle, Chef Oz will conduct a cooking demo. And for the first time, the cook-off stage will also feature a “garlic dream wedding” where contest winners/garlic-loving couple Stacy and Tom Davenport will renew their wedding vows.

As always, the festival’s “Gourmet Alley” is open all three days. It features cooking demonstrations and many foods for sale including garlic bread, garlic fries, pasta with pesto, garlic burgers, Italian sausage sandwiches, garlic scampi, and garlic ice cream. There will also be some vendors giving out food samples. These include Primizie and the company’s all-natural Gouda & Garlic crispbreads, which I recently had the chance to sample. I definitely recommend you find their booth at the festival:. the smoked Dutch Gouda and roasted garlic combine to create a flavorful snack which—warning—is a bit addicting.
Parking is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Ticket costs: Adult $20, Children (ages 6-12) & Seniors (60+) $10, Kids under 6 are free.
Location: Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy

Friday, July 24-Saturday, Aug. 1: Silicon Valley Beer Week
This craft beer celebration lasts eight days and includes more than 150 events such as tap takeovers, new release nights, tours, food pairings, parties, seminars, demonstrations, and brewmaster’s dinners. The Silicon Valley Beer Week kickoff party, July 24 from 5-9 p.m., takes place at four different San Jose breweries: Strike Brewing Company (2099 S 10th St #30), Santa Clara Brewing Company (101 E Alma Ave), Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S 7th St), and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (357 East Taylor St).
Location: Various bars, restaurants, breweries, etc. in Silicon Valley

Sunday, July 26: Festival del Nopal
At the 6th annual Festival del Nopal, there will be food for sale, music, and an appearance by Ballet Folklorico. Also, there will be a recipe contest and cooking demonstrations with nopales, which are cactus paddles. Admission is free. The market is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and the program runs from noon-6 p.m.
Location: 176 Lincoln St. parking lot, Santa Cruz

Sunday, July 26: Post Wharf-to-Wharf Whole Foods Party
From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Whole Foods Market Capitola is holding a post-Wharf to Wharf party celebrating the market’s 6th birthday. There will be free samples, a beer garden with 16 featured breweries, a kids’ zone including face painting and activities with June Bugs gym, live music, and free massages. There will also be a BBQ with hot dogs. A portion of beer and BBQ sales benefits the Santa Cruz SPCA. Call (831) 464-2900 for more information.
Location: 1710 41st Ave., Capitola
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Evergreen San Jose New Leaf Community Market becoming New Seasons Market

Wendie Collie, New Seasons Market CEO, at a Portland store

Wendie Collie, New Seasons Market CEO, at a Portland store

In 2013, Portland-based New Seasons Market purchased New Leaf Community Markets—and now the first New Seasons in Northern California is becoming a reality. New Leaf’s “Evergreen” location in San Jose will become New Seasons Market Evergreen on March 14, 2015.

Beginning March 14, customers who visit the Evergreen store at 5667 Silver Creek Valley Rd. in San Jose will have access to all of New Leaf’s traditional natural and organic products, plus an additional 2,500 items.

For an entire week, there will be grand opening celebratory activities including free samples. This starts Saturday, March 14, with the main event: the Joseph George Middle School drum line will perform before and after a Bread Breaking Ceremony at 10 am. A Tasting Fair featuring many New Seasons vendors will take place from 10:30 am – 5 pm. Kids and families are invited to paint a tile for the store during the Community Mural Project from 10:30 am – 5 pm. There will be a drawing for a one free year of groceries and goodie bags for the first 100 customers following the ceremony. See end of article for the remainder of the week’s schedule.

New Seasons, which launched in 2000, is an independently owned grocer operating 15 stores in the Portland-Vancouver area. New Seasons was the first grocer in the world, and New Leaf the second, to become certified B Corporations, which recognize businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility.

“We are thrilled to bring the neighborhood grocery experience to the Evergreen community,” said Wendy Collie, President/CEO of New Seasons Market. “By that we mean offering our customers a wider variety of product choices, expanding the number of local food producers we work with, providing the friendliest service, and collaborating with community partners to increase their positive impact.“ The Evergreen store will partner with, and provide financial support to, the Evergreen School District and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Ten percent of profits each year will be donated to local non-profits.

Customers can attend weekly wellness lectures and cooking classes in the new Evergreen community classroom. Every day, the Solutions Center offers meal ideas and free samples of treats and “Local Finds”—products made by small local food artisans, crafters and growers. Wine or craft beer tastings and food pairings will be offered every Friday from 5–7 pm. And veterans and seniors will receive 10 percent off most items on Veterans Tuesdays and Senior Wednesdays. Store hours are 8 am – 9 pm daily.

To learn more about New Seasons, visit newseasonsmarket.com.
For more information on New Leaf, see newleaf.com.

Location: 5667 Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, 408-513-8200

March 15-22 Event Schedule at New Seasons Evergreen

  • Sunday, March 15: Tasting Fair from 10:30am-5pm with many New Seasons vendors, free
  • Monday, March 16: Gluten Free Store Tour highlighting customer favorites from 2 pm – 3 pm, free (RSVP to Lana.Sumati@newseasonsmarket.com)
  • Tuesday, March 17: For St. Patrick’s Day, a pop-up green smoothie bar will be blending healthy green drink samples from 11am-3 pm, and traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage will be served at the Hot Bar.
  • Wednesday, March 18: New Seasons Market Store Tour: who we are and what we’re about. Free samples and goodie bags included, 11 am – 12 pm, free (RSVP to Lana.Sumati@newseasonsmarket.com)
  • Thursday, March 19: Kid’s Craft Corner in the Community Classroom: drop your kids off for a fun activity while you shop from 2:30-4:30 pm, free
  • Friday, March 20: Wine Tasting and Food Pairing from 5-7 pm, complimentary
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21 & 22: Wellness sale features free samples, Q&A with nutrition experts and 20 percent off all vitamins, supplements and body care products.

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New Year’s Eve at Lark Creek restaurants, plus giveaway

Seafood at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row in San Jose (photo credit: Lark Creek Blue Facebook page)

Seafood at Lark Creek Blue on Santana Row in San Jose (photo credit: Lark Creek Blue Facebook page)

A few restaurants operated by Lark Creek Restaurant Group are open on New Year’s Eve; highlights are below. Also, two more bits of news:

1) If you haven’t heard, a couple LCRG restaurants recently closed – Yankee Pier Larkspur and The Tavern at Lark Creek closed permanently effective Dec. 1, 2014, and Fish Story in Napa has closed but the restaurant will reopen in early spring with a ‘remodeled space and new concept’ (and possibly a new name)
2) One of my readers will win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. Happy Holidays!

• Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops with celery root, boiled peanuts, black trumpet mushrooms, and port wine is one of the New Year’s Eve entrée choices from Chef Mark Dommen at One Market Restaurant (www.onemarket.com). The special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu is $80/person from 6-7:30 p.m. and $130/person from 8:30-10 p.m. The menu features three courses and an amuse bouche. First course choices include hand-picked Dungeness crab (mango, avocado, citrus water) and Marin Sun Farm beef tartare (black truffle, quail egg, mitsuba). Dessert selections include Valrhona chocolate cake and California artisinal cheese plate with Redwood Hill Farm truffle tremor, Bohemian Creamery, Cowabunga, and more. Make reservations at 415.777.5577. One Market is in downtown SF at 1 Market St.

Lark Creek Blue (www.larkcreekblue.com)  is open on New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy the regular, full a la carte menu created by Chef de Cuisine Chad Ferry. Entrees include Maine lobster spaghetti “Arrabiata” with a roasted half lobster, tomato, calabrese, chiles, and basil; grilled 12-ounce Angus ribeye with ratatouille, parsley potatoes, and warm caper vinaigrette; and grilled Hawaiian swordfish with fava beans, Israeli couscous, nectarine relish, and sauteed spinach. Make reservations at 408.244.1244. Lark Creek Blue is on Santana Row in San Jose.

Cupola Pizzeria (www.cupolasf.com) is also open on New Year’s Eve. Guests can order from the regular, full a la carte menu. Small plates include warm, pulled-to-order mozzarella with lemon, brussels sprouts leaves, and olive oil; and lamb meatballs with spicy San Marzano tomato sauce, basil leaves, and pecorino. Soups include butternut squash with sage and brown butter. Pastas include lamb pappardelle, and pizzas include rapini (garlic, broccoli rabe, chili flakes, preserved lemon, Parmesan cream) and carne (housemade sausage, spicy calabrese salumi, soppresata, sweet onion). Call 415.896.5600 for reservations. Cupola is located on the 4th floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre (845 Market St.).

Prize: A $75 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemi@gmail.com & include the words “Lark Creek giveaway.” Deadline to enter is Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at 9 p.m.
This contest is open to readers of Tara Fatemi Walker’s Examiner.com and Santacruzfoodie.com sites. Employees of Examiner.com, and people who have won contests in the last 3 months, are not eligible for this promotion.

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Santana Row Holiday Wine & Dine benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

Santana Row is hosting a holiday wine & shopping event

Santana Row is hosting a holiday wine & shopping event

Santana Row shops and restaurants are offering a fun holiday event over four Tuesdays in December, and you have two more opportunities before it’s over.

The “Holiday Wine & Dine Around” is Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants can enjoy complimentary wine and food tastings, plus shopping discounts, inside several Santana Row shops and restaurants.

Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The ticket price also includes a signature Santana Row wine glass. If you donate canned food when you purchase your ticket, you receive a $2 discount (this is when you buy in person through the Santana Row Concierge; note these tickets are cash only). Tickets are also available at SantanaRow.com. If you pre-purchase your ticket, go to the walkway between Left Bank and Sino Restaurant after 5:45 p.m. the night of the event to complete your registration.

You must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information, call the Santana Row Concierge at (408) 551-4611.

Santana Row, which features 70 shops and 20 restaurants, is located near Stevens Creek and Winchester Boulevards.

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More Bay Area restaurants for Thanksgiving: Monterey, San Jose, Santa Cruz

Restaurant 1833 in Monterey

Restaurant 1833 in Monterey

Here are a few more choices for dining out in the Bay Area on Thanksgiving.

If you missed my earlier Thanksgiving articles, see below:
Santa Cruz and Monterey area restaurants
San Francisco

Monterey & Carmel

Restaurant 1833

On Thanksgiving, Restaurant 1833 will host a feast from 1:30 – 7pm with a special three-course menu for $65 per person. Located in the historic California landmark, the Stokes Adobe house, guests can enjoy selections such as Roasted Apple Soup with sage, Brandy syrup and candied walnuts; Herb-Roasted Free Range Turkey with sage and chestnut dressing, potato puree, haricot verts, cranberry-orange relish, and classic gravy; Acorn Squash Ravioli with roasted mushrooms, port-braised shallots, and Parmesan; and choice of Pumpkin Mousse Pie or Spiced Chocolate Cremeux for a sweet ending. Reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling (831) 643-1833.
500 Hartnell St., Monterey

Cannery Row Brewing Company
The restaurant will offer its regular full menu on Thanksgiving, plus a three-course Turkey Dinner.  The dinner will be $29.95 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Make reservations via Open Table or at (831) 643-2722.
95 Prescott Ave, Monterey

Il Fornaio
Il Fornaio in Carmel, located at the Pine Inn, will offer its full menu on Thanksgiving plus a special Thanksgiving dinner with traditional favorites. They invite you to celebrate “Thanksgiving with an Italian twist.” Make reservations via Open Table or at (831) 622-5100.
Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde St., Carmel

San Jose
Lark Creek Blue

The restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $49 (adults). Children 10 and under get a half portion for half-price. First course options include roast butternut squash soup with maple glazed bacon lardons; jumbo shrimp cocktail; and steamed clams with housemade chorizo, scallions, garlic, cilantro, white wine, and butter. Entrée choices include lobster (stuffed with bay shrimp and served with green beans and drawn butter), and turkey accompanied by traditional items like cornbread stuffing and mashed potatoes. One dessert option is a fun decorate-your-own gingerbread cookie that benefits charity (click here for more info on the month-long promotion).
378 Santana Row, San Jose, (408) 244-1244

The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont San Jose is serving two special meals: the Fountain Restaurant is the site of their Family Orchard Buffet; reservations are available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The cost is $54 per adult and $27 per child 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Appetizers include fruit, chilled jumbo prawns, Caesar salad, and sushi. Entree highlights include an organic egg and omelet bar; parsley, rosemary, and thyme rubbed roast turkey; honey baked ham with bourbon mustard and brown sugar glaze; and garlicky Spanish saffron and seafood stew. There will also be festive holiday desserts. The Imperial Ballroom is hosting a Fairmont Harvest Brunch; reservations are available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The cost is $69 per adult (includes one glass of sparkling wine, mimosa, or house wine) and $34 per child 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Appetizers include pulled duck confit; honey-glazed salmon; King crab legs; kale-and feta-faro-pomegranate seed salad. Entrees include an organic egg and omelet bar; parsley, rosemary, and thyme rubbed roast turkey; and sustainably fished Arctic char with pickled onion-cabbage slaw.
For full menus, visit fsjholidays.com/thanksgiving2014.html.
170 South Market St, San Jose, (408) 998-3960

Santa Cruz
Lago Di Como

Lago Di Como is serving Thanksgiving brunch, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch and dinner menus plus specials including an Italian roasted turkey meal. Make reservations via Open Table or at (831) 454-8257.
21490 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

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Thanksgiving options from organic New Leaf Community Markets

Thanksgiving side dishes available from New Leaf Community Markets

Thanksgiving side dishes available from New Leaf Community Markets

Organic, Santa Cruz-based New Leaf Community Markets is offering lots of options for Thanksgiving Dinner; you need to order by Sunday, Nov. 23 for pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

Several store locations are hosting Holiday Solutions Stations to help customers during the holiday season. This is where you can place orders, find recipes and cooking tips, and ask questions about suggested pairings and/or accommodating your guests’ dietary restrictions. The stations also feature occasional holiday treat and drink samples.

Find the station at the front of each store—including downtown Santa Cruz, Westside SC, Half Moon Bay, San Jose, Pleasanton, and Capitola branches—from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on:
Nov. 4 – Nov. 25
Dec. 8 – Dec. 30

New Leaf only uses turkey from Sonora-based Diestel Family Turkey Ranch. There are many varieties available which you can buy and bring home to cook yourself: original Diestel turkey; organic “Heidi” turkey; non-GMO natural turkey; and organic heirloom turkey.

Don’t feel like doing all the cooking yourself? New Leaf has holiday packages like “Turkey Dinner” ($139.99, feeds 4-6) with Diestel brown and serve turkey, organic herb bread stuffing, gravy and buttermilk mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and more. There’s also a gluten-free dinner package ($139.99, feeds 4-6) with the same turkey. Accompaniments include wild and brown rice stuffing, citrus beet salad, organic green bean casserole, gluten-free dinner rolls, and gluten-free pumpkin pie. These packages—and selections below—are specific to the Capitola and Santa Cruz (both downtown and Westside) stores. But rest assured, all of New Leaf’s locations are offering a variety of Thanksgiving dishes.

There are a cornucopia of other Thanksgiving selections available–a sampling is listed below:
Side dish packages
($49.99, feeds 4-6) in traditional, gluten-free, and vegan varieties
A la carte:
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes ($5.99/lb.)
Savory Turkey Gravy ($4.99/pint)
Mushroom Gravy ($4.99/pint)
Organic Maple Glazed Yams (vegan and gluten-free, $7.99/lb.)
Cranberry Orange Sauce (vegan and gluten-free, $7.99/lb.)

Read more at the New Leaf web site newleaf.com/holidays.

Contact Info (there are also locations in Half Moon Bay, San Jose, Pleasanton, Felton, and Boulder Creek)

Westside Location: 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz, (831) 426-1306
Downtown SC Location: 134 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, (831) 425-1793
Capitola Location: 1210 41st Ave, Capitola, (831) 479-7987

If you decide you’d rather dine out for Thanksgiving, see my recent article on Santa Cruz and Monterey restaurants with Thanksgiving menus.

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Gingerbread cookies for charity at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, Larkspur

Gingerbread stars from Lark Creek Restaurant Group

Gingerbread stars from Lark Creek Restaurant Group

Lark Creek Restaurant Group (LCRG) is currently hosting Gingerbread Wishes, which supports local Make-A-Wish chapters. Each restaurant in LCRG, including One Market Restaurant and Lark Creek Steak in San Francisco, Yankee Pier in Larkspur, and Lark Creek Blue on San Jose’s Santana Row, is participating through November 30, 2014.

Restaurant guests can order star-shaped, fresh-baked gingerbread cookies off the dessert menu for $10 each, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. Each cookie comes with frosting, sprinkles and candies to decorate with. Designed by One Market Restaurant Pastry Chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler, the cookies can be enjoyed while dining, or they can be taken home in a decorative bag to give someone as a gift.

Lark Creek Restaurant Group has donated $148,000 to Make-A-Wish through previous Gingerbread Wishes campaigns, which have been held annually since 2007.

“The Gingerbread Wishes campaign is a wonderful event,” says Patricia Wilson, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. “It brings joy and delight to children and adults alike, which is what we strive to do every day by granting wishes to children with life-threatening conditions and their families. The Lark Creek Restaurant Group understands the power of a wish.”

LCRG was inspired to work with the organization after an employee’s niece, suffering from leukemia, was granted a wish through Make-A-Wish for a garden in her backyard to look at through her bedroom window.

Bay Area LCRG locations include:
• One Market Restaurant in SF: http://www.onemarket.com 415.777.5577
• Lark Creek Steak in SF: http://larkcreek.com/larkcreek_steak/index.html 415.593.4100
• The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur: http://www.tavernatlarkcreek.com/ 415.924.7766
• Yankee Pier in Larkspur: http://www.yankeepier.com/larkspur/index.html 415.924.7676
• Lark Creek Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek: http://www.larkcreek.com/walnut_creek/index.html 925.256.1234
• Cupola Pizzeria in SF: http://www.cupolasf.com 415.896.5600
• Lark Creek Blue in San Jose: http://www.larkcreekblue.com 408.244.1244
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Pressed Juicery expands menu and locations

Pressed Juicery launched new beverages in October 2014

Pressed Juicery launched new beverages in October 2014

Last month, Pressed Juicery revamped its menu of juices and other beverages. After listening to customer feedback, it added drinks such as new juice and coconut water flavors.

On October 6, Pressed Juicery introduced nine new flavors. There are new “classic” versions of orange, watermelon, and apple, catering to adults and kids both; coconut waters in rose and green flavors (alongside the store’s original coconut water); and cold-pressed coffee drinks, at all stores and online. Pressed Juicery also brought back a popular Brazil Nut signature blend made with spinach, kale, romaine, vanilla bean, dates, and sea salt.

I had a recent opportunity to sample a few of the beverages. They were all enjoyable; a couple of my favorites were “Greens 2” (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon) and “Chocolate Almond” (almonds, dates, cacao, and sea salt).

“We took our customers’ comments to heart when creating the new items, and saw an opportunity to improve the juices our fans have grown to love while adding a fresh twist to our menu,” said CEO/co-founder Hayden Slater.

Pressed Juicery now has six San Francisco Bay Area locations, including SF’s Ferry Building and Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center. It has a total of 20 locations including Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach (at the latter, the store is trying out smoothies and soups—this location only). It’s in the middle of a rapid expansion, with lots more stores planned for the remainder of 2014 (Newport Beach, for example) and for 2015 (San Jose’s Santana Row).

The shop also offers juice cleanses, both online and in stores—including at its Northern California locations. There are cleanses geared towards beginners, and towards more experienced cleansers. If you order online, you need to purchase a 3- or 5-day cleanse. If you go to a store, you can buy products for a one-day cleanse.

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