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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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Crab festival at Lark Creek restaurants in San Jose, SF, and other Bay Area cities

Seasonal crab salad at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

Seasonal crab salad at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

Attention Bay Area crab lovers: you only have 5 days left to attend the Dungeness Crab Festival hosted by Lark Creek Restaurant Group. They have added delicious, creative crab dishes to their menus, 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.

I also have an opportunity for one of you to win a gift card good at Lark Creek restaurants — see end of article for contest details. You can use the card during the last couple days of the crab festival, or at a future date.

The staff at Lark Creek’s restaurants buy live crabs, then cook and clean them, ensuring that customers receive top-quality, fresh seafood.

These selections will be available through Feb. 28, 2014. Highlights are below; see Lark Creek’s news site for links to all restaurants and special menus.

One Market Restaurant in SF: Crab salad (see photo) with hand-picked Dungeness Crab, kohlrabi, green apple, pickled mustard seed 415.777.5577
Lark Creek Steak in SF: Hand-picked Dungeness crab cake with watercress, shaved fennel, citrus vinaigrette  415.593.4100
The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur: Wood Oven Roasted & Cracked Dungeness Crab, Brussels sprouts, marble potatoes, lemon, drawn butter 415.924.7766
Yankee Pier in Larkspur: Dungeness Crab Montecato Crostini with spring beans, meyer lemon, mint, radish & arugula 415.924.7676
Lark Creek Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek: Chili and Garlic Roasted Dungeness Crab 925.256.1234
Cupola Pizzeria in SF: Hand-picked Dungeness Crab Salad with Armenian cucumber slaw, black lemon, salmon roe, micro cilantro 415.896.5600
Lark Creek Blue in San Jose: Saffron Seafood Fettuccine with hand-picked Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, rock shrimp, saffron fennel sauce, herbed bread crumbs 408.244.1244

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CONTEST
Prize: A $75 gift card to Lark Creek Restaurants
To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Lark Creek crab festival.” Deadline to enter is Wed. Feb. 26, 2014 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 contest winners from the last 60 days are not eligible for this promotion.

Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Part 1

Hoffman's in Santa Cruz is serving Easter Brunch and Dinner

The year has flown by, and it’s already Easter Week 2012 – if you haven’t made plans for dining out this Sunday, here are some restaurants in Santa Cruz and San Jose offering special menus. I’ll post more in the next couple days.

Santa Cruz & Aptos Restaurants

Ma Maison Restaurant
Ma Maison in Aptos is offering an Easter brunch buffet from 10am-2pm for $28 per person, prepared by the very talented Chef Lionel Le Morvan, a Paris native. For reservations call (831) 688-5566. The French Easter buffet includes French Toulouse sausage and sautéed onions, Easter Ham with port wine sauce, French garden frittata with Spring morel mushrooms, grilled butterflied leg of lamb, sauteed red potatoes with rosemary, and seasonal fruit salad.
9501 Soquel Drive, Aptos 95003

Johnny’s Harborside
Santa Cruz restaurant Johnny’s Harborside is offering a special Easter brunch menu from 10am-3pm. Easter brunch specials include Dungeness crab and asparagus omelet ($13), a variety of Eggs Benedicts (crab cake or smoked salmon for $13, traditional for $11), and Strawberry Crepes ($9). These are served with choice of roasted potatoes, fruit, or polenta. Another selection of note is Maple Glazed Ham with Pineapple Relish ($20) with an artichoke plus herb scalloped potatoes. Call (831) 479-3430 for reservations.
493 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz 95062

Hoffman’s Bistro
Hoffman’s, located in downtown Santa Cruz, is serving Easter Brunch from 8am-3pm and Easter Dinner from 3-9pm. The dinner includes a la carte options and a prix fixe three-course $40 menu which includes soup or salad, entrée choice, dessert, and a glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Entrees include Honey Glazed Ham Hocks ($23 a la carte) and Pan Roasted Spring Rack of Lamb with yogurt shallot sauce, braised lentils, and candied carrots ($27). Call (831) 420-0135 for reservations.
1102 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 95060

Cocoanut Grove
The Cocoanut Grove is serving an Easter Brunch Buffet from 10am-2pm (reservations are accepted from 10am-12:30pm). The cost is $34.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under. Brunch includes unlimited champagne or Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. Selections include carved pork loin roulade stuffed with prosciutto, mushroom duxelle & spinach and served with Marsala pan jus, grilled cobia kingfish with lemon beurre blanc, scrambled eggs, french toast, smoked salmon, chicken enchiladas, and fresh seasonal fruit. Call (831) 423-2053 for reservations.
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 95060

San Jose
Yankee Pier

Yankee Pier on Santana Row is offering a special brunch menu for Easter. Selections include Crab Eggs Benedict, shrimp omelettes, and Brioche French Toast. Call (408) 244-1244 for reservations.
378 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose, CA 95128

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Half price wine at San Francisco, San Jose, Napa, and East Bay restaurants

Wine cellar at Lark Creek Walnut Creek

For food and wine lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this: half price wine at several restaurants across the Bay Area including San Jose and San Francisco.

The scoop? It’s the Ninth Annual July Wine Event hosted by Lark Creek Restaurant Group.

Every bottle on every wine list in the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, which has many restaurants, is half price. That’s 1,000 different wines – 50% off every brunch, lunch, and dinner in July.

Lark Creek Restaurant Group restaurants serve consistently great food. There is One Market in San Francisco, where Chef Mark Dommen creates masterful, beautiful, delicious cuisine. Last autumn, One Market earned a Michelin star for the fourth year in a row.   And then there’s Yankee Pier on Santana Row in San Jose, with fresh seafood cooked wonderfully. And so many more… it’s also worth noting the group is a partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program that promotes sustainable practices.

Here are the participating restaurants. Bon Appetit!

San Jose & Santa Clara

Yankee Pier Santana Row (408) 244-1244

For food and wine lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this: half price wine at several restaurants across the Bay Area including San Jose and San Francisco.

The scoop? It’s the Ninth Annual July Wine Event hosted by Lark Creek Restaurant Group.

Every bottle on every wine list in the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, which has many restaurants, is half price. That’s 1,000 different wines – 50% off every brunch, lunch, and dinner in July.

Lark Creek Restaurant Group restaurants serve consistently great food. There is One Market in San Francisco, where Chef Mark Dommen creates masterful, beautiful, delicious cuisine. Last autumn, One Market earned a Michelin star for the fourth year in a row.  Here’s a Mark Dommen recipe. And then there’s Yankee Pier on Santana Row in San Jose, with fresh seafood cooked wonderfully. And so many more… it’s also worth noting the group is a partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program that promotes sustainable practices.

Here are the participating restaurants. Bon Appetit!

San Jose & Santa Clara

Yankee Pier Santana Row (408) 244-1244

Parcel 104 (408) 970-6104

San Francisco

One Market (415) 777-5577

Cupola (415) 896-5600

Lark Creek Steak (415) 593-7100

Larkspur

The Tavern at Lark Creek (415) 924-7766

Yankee Pier (415) 924-7676

Walnut Creek

Lark Creek (925) 256-1234

Lafayette

Yankee Pier (925) 283-4100 – and here’s a recipe from Chef Michael Dunn

Napa

Fish Story (707) 251-5600

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Santa Cruz and San Jose restaurants open for Thanksgiving 2010

Yankee Pier in San Jose is open on Thanksgiving Day 2010

Although certain stores and commercials would have us believe it’s Christmastime, it’s actually almost Thanksgiving — so here are a few Santa Cruz and San Jose restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, for your dining consideration.

Santa Cruz Restaurants

Ideal Bar & Grill Its Thanksgiving feast starts at 11am. Choose from Traditional Turkey Feast ($14.95): maple and sage roasted turkey breast served with homemade gravy, roasted yams, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and orange-cranberry chutney or Herb Crusted Prime Rib ($21.95/14 oz., $24.95/18 oz.): slow roasted choice cut prime rib served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. Other selections include butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie.

106 Beach Street (at the Santa Cruz Wharf), (831) 423-5271.

Chaminade The Chaminade is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 6pm. Reservations are required; call (831) 475-5600. The cost is $47.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Selections include whole roast Tom turkey, stuffed roast lamb leg, prime rib au jus, pumpkin ravioli, and a large seafood display.

One Chaminade Lane, (831) 475-5600.

Bittersweet Bistro serves a Thanksgiving buffet from 12:30-6:30pm: $49.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 6-12, and $5 for kids 5 and under. Make reservations now (831) 662-9799 and if you want an Early Turkey Discount, choose a 12:30 pm seating (Receive $10 Off per Adult). Buffet selections include Spanikopita, Beet, Lentil and Arugula Salad, Tossed Asian Salad, Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Baked Candied Yams, Teriyaki Salmon, Classic Glazed Corralitos Ham, Exotic Mushroom Carnaroli Risotto, Roasted Traditional Free Range Turkey with Pan Gravy, and a special kids’ table with Grilled Cheese, PB & J Sandwiches, and Chicken Fingers.

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, (831) 662-9799.

Aquarius is located in the Santa Cruz Dream Inn. The Aquarius Thanksgiving buffet will be available from 11am-9:30pm; please call (831) 460-5012 to make reservations. The cost: adults $49.95, children $19.95 – includes glass of champagne (for 21 and over), coffee, tea and soda. Buffet selections include Tomales Bay Oysters on the Half Shell, Wild Gulf Prawns with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce, Chilled Asparagus & Tarragon Aioli, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Sage Roasted Natural Turkey, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, King Salmon, Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic Cream Sauce, Chestnut Stuffing, and Glazed Sweet Potatoes.

175 West Cliff Drive, (831) 460-5012.

Dharma’s is the place for a vegetarian Thanksgiving at your own house (restaurant is closed on Thursday so you need to pick up a day before). Dharma’s “Holiday Feast” entrée ($16.95) is breaded tofu stuffed with a wild rice medley, served with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, candied yams, a small side salad with honey-mustard dressing, and a side of cranberry-mango sauce. If you’re vegetarian you also might enjoy this recipe for Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Shepherd’s Pies from renowned Greens restaurant Executive Chef Annie Somerville.

4250 Capitola Rd., (831) 462-1742.

Hoffman’s offers its regular menu plus holiday specials on Thanksgiving. Brunch will be 8am-2pm and dinner is 2:30-8pm. Reservations are strongly recommended. The restaurant and bakery also has Thanksgiving treats available to go, including pumpkin and pecan pies and pumpkin cheesecake.

1102 Pacific Ave., (831) 420-0135.

Also open on Thanksgiving: Gabriella Cafe (910 Cedar Street, 831-457-1677) and Sanderlings at Seascape Resort  (1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, 831-662-7120). Call restaurants for reservations and more information.

San Jose Restaurants

Yankee Pier The Santana Row restaurant offers a Thanksgiving feast with a special “lobster for the price of turkey” promotion. Yankee Pier is serving a three-course prix fixe menu featuring a traditional Thanksgiving Turkey dinner or a Whole Maine Lobster dinner for $39.00 (kids ten and under: half portion, half price). You can make reservations for seatings between noon and 7:30pm; call (408) 244-1244. For a first course, choose either New England Clam Chowder with Dill Drop Biscuits or Yankee Salad with Hearts of Romaine, Fuji Apples, Sweet & Spicy Walnuts, and Shaft Blue Cheese. Dessert choices are pumpkin pie or a double chocolate brownie. In addition to entrée choices of lobster or turkey, an entrée of Alaskan Halibut is offered. The same menu is also available at its Lafayette and Larkspur locations. This special Thanksgiving feast is also offered at Yankee Pier’s Larkspur (415-924-7676) and Lafayette (925-283-4100) locations. Note: Yankee Pier supports the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

San Jose location: 378 Santana Row, Suite 1100, (408) 244-1244.

Left Bank This Santana Row restaurant is serving a four-course fixed price menu for $39.75 from noon-8pm (holiday items are also available a la carte; regular menu not available on Thanksgiving). Vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections include butternut squash with crème fraiche, chives, and roasted pumpkin seeds, Norbest natural roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and brussel sprouts with lardoons, and smoked honey-mustard glaze natural rack of pork with leek and potato gratin and apple chutney.  A kids’ prix fixe menu ($9.99) will also be offered which includes a turkey dinner and ice cream sundae for dessert. The same menu is also available at the restaurant’s Menlo Park and Larkspur locations.

San Jose location: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, (408) 984-3500.

Other restaurants open in San Jose on Thanksgiving include Arcadia (100 W San Carlos St., 408-278-4555), The Grill on the Alley (172 South Market St., 408-294-2244), and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood (170 South Market Street, 408-283-7200). Call restaurants for reservations and more information.

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