Another Restaurant Opening near new Pleasant Hill BART called En Route

7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo) about a new restaurant opening at the Avalon apartment complex located near the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek. It will be called En Route and is set to open right across from the Peruvian restaurant Parada. The other restaurant will be opening down the block next to where Zoom Room used to be and will be called Hops & Scotch. Stay tuned…


Fresh & Healthy – Eating Seasonally from the Farmers’ Market at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill on June 2nd

Fresh & Healthy – Eating Seasonally from the Farmers’ Market:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | $20

Join holistic chef and nutritional educator Suzanne Aziz in this food demonstration class as she discusses how shopping for local, organic, seasonal foods is best for your health as well as the environment. A healthy living crusader, Suzanne will show you how to prepare easy gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic dishes, such as roasted spring asparagus with aioli, a Mediterranean white bean salad, and a fresh mixed berry tart. Suzanne attended Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and promotes eating for health deliciously. This class will be fun, informative, and tasty!


Experience the Harp at the International Harp Festival in Danville May 26th – 29th

International Harp Festival:

San Damiano Retreat Center
710 Highland Dr, Danville
Thursday, May 26th, – Sunday, May 29th, 2016

The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 – 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.


Sideboard Opens in Downtown Lafayette

3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette

The much anticipated opening of Danville-based comfort food restaurant Sideboard took place last week and over the weekend I dropped by to check it out and was happy to see that same casual charm their Danville location offers. I tried the skirt steak sandwich with chimichurri sauce. arugula and caramelized onions and it was delicious! I look forward to going back to try some more dishes out. Check out their morning menu here, lunch menu here, dinner menu here, and beverage menu here. Like their Danville location (and nearby Roam Burgers), you order directly at the cashier, get a tag and sit down where your food is delivered.

From their website:

Sideboard neighborhood kitchen and coffee bar is dedicated to creating handcrafted comfort food taking into account the season and availability of natural, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. All menu items and condiments are house made or sourced from purveyors who share our vision and passion in creating products which we believe to be the best available. Simply prepared, our rustic comfort food comes from the heart. Signature items will be available daily.


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