By Elena Kadvany
Summer food-and-drink goings onUploaded: Jul 11, 2016
Pig roasts, Bastille Day, Silicon Valley Beer Week — summer is chock full of food-and-drink events around the Midpeninsula. Read on to fill your calendars (and stomachs).
Pig roasts at Pizzeria Delfina
It wouldn't be summer without a pig roast, right? In late May, Pizzeria Delfina started monthly pig roasts held al fresco in the downtown Palo Alto restaurant's patio. For $40 (plus tax and gratuity), you get unlimited roasted pig from a local farm, "summertime" side dishes and Peroni beer on tap (plus iced tea and lemonade for those who aren’t boozing). The restaurant’s regular dinner menu and cocktails are also available for purchase a la carte. The event is held the last Tuesday of every month with open, family-style seating, first come-first served. Starting in August, there will be two seatings, 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to eventbrite.com.
Pizzeria Delfina chef Anthony Strong, left, and owner Craig Stoll at a pig roast at the Palo Alto restaurant. Photo by Amy Seward/courtesy Pizzeria Delfina.
'Yes, You Can! How to Can Summer Fruits and Vegetables'
Learn how to can at home berries, stone fruits, tomatoes and more with the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Mateo/San Francisco Counties at this Mountain View Public Library class on Wednesday, July 13, 7-8:30 p.m.. Learn about food safety, kitchen supplies, recipes and how to preserve fruits and vegetables for a year or more. No RSVP; walk-ins welcome. For more information, go to the library’s calendar of events.
Bastille Day at Left Bank, Vino Locale
Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day at Left Bank in Menlo Park on Thursday, July 14, with a la carte menu specials for lunch and dinner and live music. The specials will stay on the menu through July 17. For more information, go to leftbank.com.
Vino Locale in downtown Palo Alto will also mark the French holiday with a special wine tasting. Taste Sancerre, white Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone and Bordeaux wines for $10. For more information, go to vinolocale.com.
Whiskey dinner at The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse
Sample "rare and intriguing" whiskeys while dining on hors d'oeuvres prepared by The Sea by Alexander’s Executive Chef Yu Min Lin at this whiskey dinner on Thursday, July 14, from 7-9 p.m. Whiskeys will include an Irish 12 year, Caledonian distillery 28 year and Port Dundas 25 year, among others. David Stirk, creator of an "Exclusive Malts" line of whiskey, will attend as a special guest. Tickets are $155 (excluding tax and gratuity). Space is limited to 30 people. Call 650-213-1111 to reserve a spot.
It’s back, but with a new name: What used to be the Connoisseurs' Marketplace, Menlo Park’s annual summer festival, is now Menlo Summerfest. Head to downtown Menlo Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for live music, art and plenty of food and drink. There will be food trucks, food booths, local food purveyors, cocktails, craft beer and wine. For more information, go to miramarevents.com.
Silicon Valley Beer Week
The annual Silicon Valley Beer Week will descend on Midpeninsula breweries, bars and restaurants from July 22-30. Go to svbeerweek.com for lists of events in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Redwood City.
PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival
The Redwood City Police Activity League (PAL) will host its 11th annual PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival, at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, noon to 8 p.m. Enjoy barbecue, drinks, live music and art at this free festival. For more information, go to redwoodcitypal.com.
Pastry pop-up at Zola
Visit downtown Palo Alto French restaurant Zola on Saturday, July 23, for a pop-up of baked goods made by Howie’s Artisan Pizza chef John Shelsta (who makes special pastries for the restaurant’s weekend brunch menu) and Mimi Mendoza, the pastry chef at Michelin-starred Chez TJ in Mountain View (and also Shelsta’s girlfriend). Catch them 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zola, 565 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
An Instagram post from John Shelsta, announcing the return of a pastry pop-up at Zola in Palo Alto.
Winemaker dinner at Vino Locale
Palo Alto's Vino Locale will host a winemaker dinner featuring Santa Cruz winery Beauregard Vineyards on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Each part of the four-course meal will be paired with a particular wine. Tickets are $75; for more information and to purchase, go to vinolocale.com.
Porchetta and pinot at Mayfield
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto will host a family-style "porchetta and pinot" dinner in its outdoor patio on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. For $75, you'll get canapés, wood-grilled porchetta, a selection of sides, dessert and three pinot noirs. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com.
Farm to Table dinner at Filoli
Enjoy local food al-fresco at this family–style farm-to-table dinner at Woodside estate Filoli on Friday, Aug. 12, 5:30-8 p.m. Fresh ingredients are sourced from local farms, ranches as well as Filoli’s own orchards and are prepared with "an emphasis on seasonality, simplicity and local availability," an event description reads. View the menu here. Tickets are $175 per person; go to filoli.org to purchase before Aug. 5.
A farm-to-table dinner at Filoli in Woodside in 2014. Photo by David Sheetz/courtesy Filoli.