Events, Openings, and Announcements – August 2016

Off the Grid: Evergreen Moves to a Monthly Extravaganza
San Jose Event Will Focus More on Community Involvement

 

Off the Grid is excited to announce a new, improved format for the San Jose @ Evergreen Village Square lunch event. The event currently takes place every Saturday afternoon and will become a monthly food truck festival beginning Saturday, August 6, 2016 and occurring the first Saturday of the month thereafter.

This larger-scale, monthly event at Off the Grid: San Jose @ Evergreen Village Square will introduce a number of exciting elements, including a wide variety of food trucks, curated live music performances, and onsite activities.  By changing the schedule to occur once a month, Off the Grid will be able to dedicate more time and resources to create an enhanced guest experience in a festival atmosphere. Along with face painting and children’s activities, Off the Grid hopes to provide a stage for local school bands and performers, giving them a space to showcase their talents.

Saturday, July 30 will mark the last weekly iteration of the Evergreen market and prospective guests are encouraged to RSVP to the August 6 event opening on Facebook. Off the Grid will be posting updates on vendors, entertainment, and performers leading up to each month’s festival.

Where:
Off the Grid: Evergreen
4075 Evergreen Village Square
San Jose, CA, 95135

Date:
Saturday, August 6, 2016 (and the first Saturday of every month thereafter)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Manresa Bread Los Gatos Adds Outdoor Café Seating and Full Beverage Program Including Espresso Bar

One month after opening its second location in Los Altos, CA,  Manresa Bread announces the expansion of its original bakery in Los Gatos. Slated to debut in August, Manresa Bread adds 200 square feet to the retail space, a full-service coffee and beverage program, and dedicated seating area at the 276 N. Santa Cruz Avenue location.

“Our guests have been asking for these changes for quite some time. We are excited we’re in a position now where we can expand into the adjacent space and offer an experience that’s more than just grab-and-go,” says Partner and Head Baker Avery Ruzicka.

Aevan Balan joins the Manresa Bread team as Lead Barista for the coffee program, which features Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters. A Bay Area native, Aevan first learned about coffee when he started working at Yahoo as a Lead Barista and Mentor as a way to make ends meet while going to college.  He later became a Coffee Specialist at Yahoo, working exclusively with Verve Coffee Roasters, training directly with the Verve team. He was most recently a Lead Barista with Blue Bottle Coffee Company in Palo Alto and a Café Manager at Kartma Street Café, a work-experience program that employs homeless men and women while paying a living wage.

The new coffee program, in partnership with Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters, includes espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee, and cold brew. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate, Chico Chai Tea out of Chico, California, and kefir on tap.

The look and feel of the newly added space mirrors the classic and modern vibe of the original, created in partnership with San Francisco-based Robert van Horne. A larger counter area means Manresa Bread can display a wider selection of pastries and breads throughout the day and newly added outdoor tables and seating for half a dozen invite guests to linger over a cup of coffee or a pastry.

Manresa Bread Los Gatos is located at 276 N. Santa Cruz Avenue and is open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily.  A second retail space is located at 271 State Street in downtown Los Altos and Manresa Bread is also available at the Campbell and Palo Alto farmers’ market on Sundays and the Portola Valley market on Thursdays. Manresa Bread pastries are featured at Verve Coffee Roasters locations in Santa Cruz, CA.

Boudin Heats Up Summer with New BBQ Pork Menu Items
Boudin Fast Casual Restaurants Serves Up Seasonal Sandwiches and Salad for a Limited Time

Inspired by the flavors of a summertime backyard barbecue, Boudin, home of The Original San Francisco Sourdough™, has introduced three new menu items featuring perfectly seasoned, seared and slow-roasted BBQ pork. The limited time seasonal offerings, available beginning July 27 at all Boudin SF locations, which offer a unique fast-casual dining experience serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, include:

Classic BBQ Pork Sandwich: Slow-roasted and hand-pulled pork tossed in sweet and savory barbecue sauce topped with crunchy house made coleslaw, served hot on a garlic-buttered, toasted sourdough baguette ($9.29)

 

Aloha Pork Sandwich:  Slow-roasted and hand-pulled pork slathered with an island-inspired ginger soy barbecue sauce featuring a hint of honey, topped with house-made caramelized pineapple, tangy pickled red onion, and fresh-chopped cilantro, served hot on a garlic-buttered, toasted sourdough baguette ($9.49)

 

Luau Pork Salad: A mix of spring greens and cabbage topped with warm, slow-roasted pulled pork tossed in ginger soy barbecue, caramelized pineapple and tangy pickled red onion made in house, fresh-chopped cilantro, crunchy red bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and toasted almonds served with a zesty ginger soy barbecue vinaigrette ($10.29)

 

“Our new menu additions capture the spirit of the summer season by combining tender, succulent, and slow-roasted pork shoulder with the perfect balance of savory, sweet and zesty barbecue flavors,” said Alan Skversky, Boudin Bakery’s corporate chef. “Featuring a fresh mix of house-made ingredients, like our crunchy coleslaw, caramelized pineapple and pickled red onion, each menu item delivers a bright taste of summer while also complementing our world-famous, fresh baked sourdough bread.”

Available at all Boudin SF locations in Northern and Southern California, the new BBQ Pork menu items can be enjoyed in the restaurant or at the convenience of take-out. Boudin SF will also offer house-made coleslaw as an add-on side option for $2.99 for a limited time. Additionally, Boudin SF’s Cobb Salad will be returning to the menu by popular demand. Click here to find your nearest Boudin location.

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