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Activities, Event Venue, Travel & Leisure

1440 Multiversity

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EXPERIENCE | VISIT A nurturing immersive learning center located near Santa Cruz, where people come together to explore, learn, reflect, and connect and re-energize. 

Cheese & Dairy, Restaurants, Specialty & Artisanal Shops

20Twenty Cheese Bar

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“A lot of people come here for first dates,” says Jordan Trigg, owner and founder of 20Twenty Cheese Bar as he gestures around his simple and stylish neighborhood tavern. “It’s not intimidating and they can linger a while if it’s a fit, or slip away gracefully if it’s not.”

Most people do linger, though. The ever-changing selection of local, regional and international wines, beer, charcuterie and cheese fill the intimate tasting room with guests interested in noshing on small plates such as salads and sandwiches or sampling chef-inspired pairings.

For example, a mixed board of cheeses and charcuterie fancied by the chef that day might include selections from Cowgirl Creamery, Oakdale Cheese and Nettle Meadow Farm with salami from Creminelli Fine Meats, served with baguette, fresh fruit, spiced nuts, baby pickles and fig chutney. “We try to be a casual place where people sample cheeses they probably wouldn’t know about on their own. It’s a way to try new things affordably,” says Trigg.

All of the Cheese Bar’s employees live in Willow Glen, including one who teaches at the local elementary school and packs in parents for the weekly Tuesday Trivia nights. Weekend nights find locals strolling down Lincoln Avenue to the cheese bar, where they unwind over lively conversation, flights of wine and beer, and of course, cheese.

Restaurants

31st Union

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Alexander's Steakhouse

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Asian Box

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Asian Box is located in Palo Alto, Mountain View & San Jose

Black Sheep Brasserie

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Black Sheep Brasserie’s executive chef Jeff Fitzgerald lights up when he talks about asparagus. Not just any asparagus, but the colossal spears he awaits every spring from Zuckerman Farms in the Sacramento Delta. “It’s absolutely the best flavor of any asparagus, period. When the season is done, asparagus is off the menu.”

It’s the exacting culinary standards of Black Sheep’s owners, chefs and bar masters, honed over years working together at acclaimed fine-dining spots in the region, that makes the restaurant an attractive addition to the Willow Glen food scene. Inspired by French cooking fused with Northern California produce and style, the restaurant blends in with the Willow Glen vibe, with bike racks and dog bowls ready for the locals.

Open for dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant’s cocktails include a concoction called The Lincoln Avenue. Blending house-made passion fruit syrup, bourbon, Calvados and Kronan Swedish Punsch, the cocktail was a favorite of former Sharks hockey player and Willow Glen resident Tommy Wingels. “If the Sharks had won the Stanley Cup, we joked that we’d mix one up in the Cup itself,” says co-owner and bar master Jimmy Marino.

What else is on the spring menu? According to Fitzgerald, look for a bright green chowder made from the day’s most vibrant green vegetables, complemented with butter-poached potatoes, clams and maybe some chopped lobster.

Blaze Pizza

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Blue Rock Barbecue

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Brown Chicken Brown Cow

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Cascade Bar and Grill

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Chez TJ

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Cliff House

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EAT | DINE A San Francisco culinary tradition since 1983.

Duarte's Tavern

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Evvia Estiatorio

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Forthright Oyster Bar & Kitchen

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Seafood served with crafted cocktails, local beers on tap and a standout wine list at the Kirkwood Plaza in Campbell.

Lemonade

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Lulu's on the Alameda

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LV Mar

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Manresa

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Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak Santa Clara

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Taste Executive Chef Steven Gotham's housemade wood-fired, smoked salt on a bite of their well-prepared steak for a perfectly seasoned bite. (Yes, you heard it right...housemade salt from the waters of the Pacific Ocean.) The creamed spinach with a touch of cream is a side done right, and together with truffle fries, make a winning lineup.

Location
The fine dining Bourbon Steak restaurant operates under the gridiron of Levi’s Stadium and is tucked away NEXT TO the more casual, sports bar atmosphere of the Mina's group Bourbon Pub.  It is open throughout the week, game or shine.  A great spot for a mid week business dinner or special dinner event.  Note: it is a little hard to find the entrance because of the location outside the stadium, but parking is not a problem.  Drive up valet parking available.
 

Bakeries & Patisseries

Alexander's Patisserie

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EAT | DINE European patisseries in the Bay Area. Order savory and sweet treats including breads, gourmet sandwiches, cakes, tarts, cookies, macarons, chocolates and confections that are made in-house. We think this patisserie is an ideal place to sit down for a sweet treat and coffee with a friend or two!

Flower Flour

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You’d have to live in Willow Glen to know about Flower Flour. This tiny, beloved French café, bakery and flower shop is tucked away in a 100-year-old building, four blocks off the main thoroughfare of Lincoln Avenue, on Willow Street.

Residents come here regularly for house-made French pastries, savory soups and crepes. Some come as a matter of tradition—every Christmas Eve morning, my daughter meets up with her former high school French teacher here for cappuccino and a sugar-dusted morning roll.

Flower Flour is the passion and life’s work of its owner and chef, Mimi Brown. She not only makes or supervises every pastry found in her case, but she also grows almost all of the fresh produce and herbs used in her creations. Her lemon bars are made with lemons from her own trees, squeezed by hand and made into luscious, rich bars. The organic Flat Dutch cabbage and heirloom carrots in the flavorful meatball soup I tried were grown with seeds Brown planted, cultivated, watered, weeded and harvested herself.

Brown also makes wedding cakes and bridal bouquets, in addition to owning a small country inn in St. Helena with a three-acre organic garden where she grows her vegetables, fruits and cut flowers for Flower Flour.

According to Brown, food should be a pleasure not only for its taste but also for its beauty. Conjuring up images of fresh peaches, brilliantly colored peppers and bunches of dark green chard, she states a simple truth: “You first eat with your eyes.”

Vineyards & Wineries

Aver Family Vineyards

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Aver Family Vineyards is where friends become family. They create wines of distinction that you will be proud to share with your family and friends.

Tasting Room Hours: Friday-Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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2016 Family Album Grenache Blanc – The 2016 Grenache Blanc displays aromas of orange blossoms and honeysuckle along with green apple. On the palate, it is soft and lush with notes of Bartlett pear and a hint of peach. The finish lingers with a note of anise. This Grenache Blanc pairs well with all types of shellfish or a delicious bouillabaisse.

2013 Blessings Estate Petite Sirah – Accolades: 92 Points, Blue Lifestyle; Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast. Luscious and smooth as velvet, Blessings is packed with blueberry, blackberry and mocha notes. Hints of smoke, leather and black pepper are also featured in this complex but approachable gem. Blessings will continue to evolve in your cellar but is delicious now, especially with a little decanting.

The Estate Syrah – 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast. Our Estate Syrah is dark and dense with dark cherry and plum surrounded by lavender, earth and caramel. It has a jammy, velvety finish that lingers. Homage can be enjoyed now or lain down in your cellar for several years.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Passport, Wine Institute, The Vineyard Team

Big Basin Vineyard

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Casa de Fruta

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Casa de Fruta is renowned for its premium fruit and Southern Italian-style red wines. The family atmosphere is what sets it apart from other wineries.

Tasting Room Hours: 9am-6pm

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Pomegranate Wine – This is a soft, sweet, smooth-tasting, gourmet dessert wine with a hint of tartness. Casa de Fruta's delicious pomegranate wine is made from the Wilson Wonderful Pomegranate, grown in the San Joaquin Valley.

Blackberry Wine – The nectar is produced from plump, fresh blackberries gathered in Watsonville. The flavor is fantastic, rich and pure. It's delicious for sipping as a dessert wine or even a topping for ice cream.

Sole of the Boot – At their home in Aprigliano in the Cosenza foothills of Calibria, the Cribari family celebrated its best red blend with only "Ospiti Speciale." It has an old-vine Zinfandel base with small amounts of five other reds including Syrah and Cabernet.

Available Food: Casa de Fruta offers a full-service restaurant, deli, bakery, as well as espresso coffee.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Passport Days

Clos LaChance Winery

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Clos LaChance is a family-owned winery that specializes in hand-crafted wines from 150 acres of Estate vineyards.

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-4:30pm daily

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Available Food: Clos LaChance has a selection of crackers, cheeses and meats available for purchase in the tasting room. Other items, such as nuts and chocolates, are available on a seasonal basis.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

Creekview Vineyards

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With a passion for quality, the wines of Creekview Vineyards are meticulously handcrafted in small lots to preserve the utmost excellence in both character and style.

Tasting Room Hours: Every third weekend: 11am-5pm

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Featured Wines:

2013 Estate Chardonnay – The Creekview Chardonnay offers a rich mouthfeel with precise acidity and minerality. The hallmark aroma associations have been fennel and pear, but its subtle complexity contains a myriad of characters that emerge from the glass. There is a crisp taste and delicious notes of caramel and citrus. Try with your favorite seafood dishes.

2012 Estate Melodious – Accolades: 2017 Bronze Medal, San Francisco Chronicle. Grown exclusively on the Creekview property, this wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Experience beautifully rich aromas of dark cherries, black raspberries, smoke and earth tones followed by round texture, balancing acidity and a touch of oak.

2013 Old Vine Zinfandel – The unique combination of dry farming, climate, soil and old vines produces intense colors and bold, complex flavor fruits in this wine. Big, bold aromas of rich red berries mingle with hints of spice, spicy plum and vanilla flavors. This wine is best paired with barbecue, steaks and chili.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Passport Days

Cuvée Wine Cellars

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Cuvée Wine Cellars is an artisan winery that produces limited releases of Bordeaux-inspired wine.

Tasting Room Hours: Every first & third weekend: 1pm-4:30pm

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Affiliations: Mid Peninsula Wine Trail

Domenico Winery

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Opening its doors in 2004, Domenico was the first to tap into the "urban winery" scene. The winery features an extensive list of award-winning artisan wines and a beautiful event space for 300+ guests.

Tasting Room Hours: Weekends: 11am-4pm

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Nebbiolo, Amador County 2012 – Accolades: 2017 Gold Medal, SF Chronicle. This medium-bodied Nebbiolo offers aromas of sweet plum, cranberry, licorice, cigar, dried rose and graham cracker with a dusty minerality and nice acidity on the palate. Domenico's Nebbiolo will tame the richest and heartiest of stews, such as osso buco or chicken cacciatore, or pair with linguine with shaved black truffles and parmigiano. Nebbiolo is Italy’s most noble red grape from Piedmonte.

Primitivo, Amador County 2011 – Accolades: 2016 Silver Medal, Toast of the Coast; 2016 Bronze Medal, SF International Wine Competition. Full-bodied, deeply colored, rich and concentrated, sometimes called the Mother of Zinfandel, the Primitivo is grown in Amador County. This wine has a deep, rich array of blueberries and blackberries. Underneath are complex layers of hibiscus flower, white pepper, sweet cigar box and crème brûlée, with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Well-balanced with firm acids and tannins, this wine pairs perfectly with rich and spicy dishes, lasagna, grilled lamb or beef and strong cheeses.

Super Tuscan Style, Amador County 2012 – Accolades: 2017 Silver Medal, SF Chronicle; 2016 Bronze Medal, International Women's Wine; 2016 Gold Medal, TasteTV. Thr opulent Super Tuscan Style wine has aromas of plum, fig and snickerdoodle with accents of white pepper, red currant and cloves. Expect firm tannins and a lush, lengthy finish. An antipasto platter with meats and rich, hard cheeses will stand up to the flavors of this medium- to full-bodied wine, as well as stuffed portabella mushrooms heavy with herbs, braised beef or veal and, of course, osso buco.

Affiliations: Mid Peninsula Wine Trail, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Passport Days

Fernwood Cellars

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Making estate-grown wines only ties into the company motto of "Quality is timeless." Fernwood's fifth-generation owner makes wines of quality varietal style.

Tasting Room Hours: Every first & third weekend: 12pm-5pm

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Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

Flying Suitcase Wines

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At Flying Suitcase Wines, they bring the best of California grapes from Napa, Russian River, Amador County and more directly to your local area. Come taste their award-winning wines.

Tasting Room Hours: Fridays: 5pm-9pm; Weekends: 1pm-5pm 

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2015 Chardonnay, St. Helena, Napa Valley – Accolades: 2017 Bronze Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; 2016 Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition. Fermented in French oak and stainless steel, this full-bodied Chardonnay captures the essence of both styles of the varietal, blending them to perfection. Expect aromas of sweet pear and tropical flavors of banana and melon.

2013 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley – Accolades: 2017 Double Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; 2016 Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition. Aged 24 months in new American oak, this smoky Zinfandel combines aromas of black cherries and vanilla with flavors of baked figs and cocoa. It's the perfect accompaniment to any grilled meats.

2013 Syrah, Amador County – Accolades: 2016 Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; 2016 Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition. Smooth and full-bodied, this wine is bursting with dark fruit and vanilla aromas, flavors of cranberries and cocoa, and a subtle minerality. This is a hearty wine best enjoyed with beef or lamb and any rich, sauce-based dishes.

Affiliations: Mid Peninsula Wine Trail

 

Fortino Winery

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For generations, the Fortino family has produced award-winning wines. Today, Gino Fortino has revolutionized Fortino Winery into an unforgettable experience from wine tasting to events on the beautiful redwood terrace.

Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Maribella – This wine is an elegant, dark ruby color and a perfect mix of flavors, such as dark cherries and hints of dried herbs.

Zinfandel – This enticing, medium to full-bodied wine has aromas of blackberry, hints of smokey and peppery notes.

Carignan – Fortino's older vines of 90+ years give a very soft and fruit-forward experience.

Available Food: Taste imported meat, gourmet cheese, crackers, spreads, and Fortino mustard and dipping oils.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Passport Days

Guglielmo Winery

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Guglielmo Winery is a third-generation, family-owned winery and produces a wide variety of award-winning wines. Visit the quaint tasting room and gift shop, and enjoy a picnic on the Italian piazza.

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily

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Private Reserve Estate Grignolino Rosé – This Rosé is bright and crisp with notes of pomegranate and apricot. The wine is full of flavor and has a slightly creamy mouthfeel. The finish lingers just slightly. Serve chilled with prosciutto and melon or grilled salmon.

Private Reserve Barbera – This Barbera has flavors of ripe dark cherry and plum with notes of leather, pepper, anise and cranberry. The palate, bright with acidity, offers nuances of ripe Bing cherries and spice, drawn out through an extended finish.

2013 Private Reserve Estate Petite Sirah – The nose presents strong notes of currant, ripe blackberry and a bit of white pepper. Cherry pie and baking spices explode on the palate and offer a mouthwatering acidity and a smooth, oaky finish. Pair this special wine with game meats or your holiday prime rib.

Available Food: Guglielmo offers a wide selection of imported cheese, charcuterie deli items, oils and vinegars and, of course, chocolate!

Affiliations: Passport Days, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Annual Christmas Faire, Annual Harvest Festival

Hecker Pass Winery

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At Hecker Pass Winery, they believe family must be the cornerstone in creating wines, and this is central to their devoted traditions. They are committed to the customs and practices passed down by their viticulture ancestry, and it is what enables them to produce wines of true Italian character for the next generation.

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily

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Cabernet Sauvignon – Chocolate, cedar and mint start to describe this well-rounded, full-bodied Cabernet. Aged in oak to give a softening effect on the grapes' naturally high tannins, the unique wood flavors of vanilla and spice complement the natural grape flavors of black currant and eucalyptus. This wine is great with beef, braised lamb and aromatic cheeses.

Petite Sirah – Accolades: Five-star rating, Beverage and Food Dynamics Magazine. This Petite Sirah is a deep ruby color with intense aromas of red fruit. Spicy nuances of cedar and a touch of oak meld together in a luxuriously smooth finish. This is a full-bodied wine that complements the hearty character of a dish, such as braised short ribs and mashed potatoes. Also, a grilled, marinated tri-tip beef would support the spiciness of the wine.

Ruby Port – Two-time Gold Medal Winner. This is a rich and intense fruit-flavored wine that is artistically styled and balanced. Serve it as a cheese-and-Port course for dessert. Blue-veined cheeses such as Stilton and hard cheeses such as Parmesan provide a classic match, and figs, almonds and walnut bread round things out. Additionally, chocolate desserts paired with Port make for a decadent finish to any meal.

Affiliations: Passport Weekends, Gilroy Wine Stroll, Morgan Hill Wine Trail, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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One of America’s best-known wineries has a tasting room in the heart of Silicon Valley. Jerry Lohr helped pioneer the Monterey and Paso Robles winegrowing regions decades ago. Visit the San Jose location to taste the award-winning results of his experience.

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily

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J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon – Accolades: 91 Points, The Tasting Panel; 91 Points, The Wine Review Online; Double Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition.

J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir – Accolades: 95 Points, New World International Wine Competition; Gold Medal, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. The 2015 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir delivers ripe strawberry and sage varietal aromas and is lifted by a toasty vanilla oak signature. This wine is plump and ripe on the palate with a touch of talc on the finish.

2015 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay – Accolades: 91 Points, The Wine Review Online; 91 Points, PinotFile; 94 Points, New World International Wine Competition. Experience pineapple, pear and stone fruit aromas and flavors with roasted coffee and vanilla notes. This Chardonnay is opulent and balanced and Burgundian in style.

Jason-Stephens Winery

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Jason-Stephens Winery is located just off the freeway. They bring a fun, hip approach to your wine tasting experience. With a focus on mainly Bordeaux varietals, Jason-Stephens strives to create a smooth and balanced wine across the varietal board.

Tasting Room Hours: 11am-6pm daily

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2012 Estate Syrah – Accolades: 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast; 91 Points, Blue Lifestyle; 91 Points, Tasting Panel Magazine; 91 Points, SOMM Journal. This estate Syrah is rich and concentrated with lots of dark blackberry. The palate is full of cola, black plums and dark cherry with an undertone of smoke and cloves. With bolder tannins, this Syrah is versatile for either aging or immediate enjoyment.

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – This is Cabernet Sauvignon is great for cocktail hour and also pairs well with many fine foods. This versatility comes from bold yet smooth tannin structure, great fruit flavors, nicely balanced acidity and excellent mouth feel. Fruit flavors of cherry, blueberry and cassis with notes of clove and black licorice make this wine great to pair with savory foods. This wine is great to enjoy now or over the next seven to 10 years.

2012 Estate Merlot – A ruby black color shimmers while expressive aromas of boysenberry, plum skin, clove and a hit of nutmeg open up in the glass. A medium- to full-bodied mouthfeel is balanced with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of red apple dance on the palate followed by a lingering finish of black plums and hints of peppercorn.

Available Food: Light snacks, such as packaged cheese and charcuterie and chocolates, and food trucks attend events.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

Kirigin Cellars

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Established in 1916, Kirigin Cellars is one of California's oldest wineries. They make and bottle wine from 11 Estate-grown grapes, offer complimentary wine tasting and 50% off any purchase of 12 bottles.

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm daily

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Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

La Vie Dansante Wines

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La Vie Dansante strives to bring an old-world aesthetic to its new-world location by creating wines of finesse from locally grown Rhone varietals.

Tasting Room Hours: Weekends: 12pm-5pm or by appointment

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2015 Overture – Overture is a blend of 45% Roussanne, 35% Grenache Blanc and 20% Picpoul Blanc, all of which were grown locally in the Santa Clara Valley. Roussanne provides the floral and honey notes, Grenache Blanc brings acidity and minerality, and Picpoul Blanc adds mouthfeel and hints of tropical fruit to the blend. Overture makes a perfect pairing for lobster and shrimp, roasted and grilled veggies or even an Asian stir fry.

2014 Prelude – Prelude is 55% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre. The Grenache is the star of the show by providing abundant strawberry and red fruits to the nose and palate, Syrah brings darker fruit, musky aromatics and tannin, and the Mourvèdre ties it all together with its structure and backbone. This wine was blended while daydreaming of summer barbeques. Chicken, ribs, burgers or dogs — this bright, refreshing red wine has you covered.

2013 Rehearsal – Rehearsal is composed of 80% Syrah and 20% Carignane, both sourced from the Santa Clara Valley. In this blend, Syrah brings bold fruit with a hint of spice in the nose and dark fruit, smoke and black pepper to the palate. Carignane has been added to soften the often aggressive Syrah. Rehearsal is bold and playful and will fit perfectly into a summertime barbecue feast of ribs and other smoked meats.

Affiliations: Rhone Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

Liana Estates

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From the family behind Peju Province Winery in Napa Valley, Liana Estates is an experience-focused winery located in Carneros that offers a light, crisp palate and connects visitors to the breathtaking rolling hills of southern Napa Valley.

Tasting Room Hours: 10am-4:30pm daily

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Dry Orange Muscat – Seductively aromatic with a vibrant, floral nose of citrus, honeysuckle, dried apricot and hibiscus, this wine is irresistible. It’s lean, fruit-driven palate, fresh acidity and lingering finish make it a perfect pairing for any meal.

Viognier – Refreshing and light, this elegantly perfumed wine exudes notes of orange blossom, jasmine, green tea and Granny Smith apple. Complemented by subtle tropical fruits and mineral qualities of whetstone, this wine is mouth-filling and wonderfully bright.

Pinot Noir – Rich flavors of plum and black cherry complemented by notes of vanilla bean, anise and cinnamon lead this expressive and elegantly structured wine to a long, vibrant finish of florals and spice.

Available Food: Local, organic small bites from ingredients sourced from their Carneros neighbors.

Martin Ranch Winery

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Visit a real family-owned and operated winery and vineyard where the winemakers put their hearts and souls into every bottle. You’ll be treated like family while you enjoy award-winning wines alongside breathtaking views of vineyards, a pond and garden, altogether creating a memorable experience.

Tasting Room Hours: Every first & third weekend: 12pm-5pm 

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J.D. Hurley 2014 Chardonnay – Accolades: Silver Medal at San Francisco Chronicle and CA State Fair Wine Competitions. This Chardonnay was made in a traditional Burgundian style. On the nose, it shows bright green apple with hints of grapefruit and pear and has a solid, acidic middle with a fresh yet long, lingering finish.

Thérèse Vineyards 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Accolades: Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; 91 points, Wine Enthusiast. This wine embodies the characteristics of Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet. It is delicate yet complex with upfront cherry and cassis, transitioning into a mid-palate of mountain minerals and a slight spritz of earthy truffle. As always, there is a luxurious, lingering finish of subtle oak tannins.

Thérèse Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Lester Family Vineyards – Accolades: Best of Class of Region CA State Fair Wine Competition; 91 points, Wine Enthusiast; Double Gold/96 Points, San Francisco International Wine Competition. On the west side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Lester Family Vineyards produces plump, luscious Syrah grapes. At the nose, you will immediately get notes of spicy white pepper, transitioning into violets and blueberries with a hint of black olive in the middle and a subtle oak tannin finish.

Available Food: Light fare – crackers, dips, pretzels, brittle, block cheese, bread sticks, tortilla chips, salsa, nuts, etc.

Affiliations: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Passport Days, Gilroy Wine Tour

Where can I buy? Whole Foods Market, New Leaf Markets

Medeiros Family Wines

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Medeiros Family Wines utilizes sustainable vineyard practices to help preserve their agricultural heritage. Both traditional and modern winemaking techniques are employed in vineyard and canopy management, fermentations, and cellaring to offer wines of varietal quality and character.

Tasting Room Hours: Weekends: 12pm-6pm

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – For this classic Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyards deliver a balanced structure and velvety texture, black cherry aroma, flavors of ripe plum and hints of licorice on the finish. Aged in once-used French oak barrels for 25 months, the Medeiros Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and intense with round, ripe tannin. The palate has good weight and mouthfeel with the lingering taste of jammy dark fruit, spice and cocoa. It pairs well with beef, lamb and wild game.

2014 Saudade – The 2014 Saudade is full-bodied and smooth, including inviting aromas of black cherry, plum and vanilla on the nose. Layers of earthiness, dried flowers and cocoa integrate harmoniously into a finely balanced marriage between tannin and acid. The finish is long and lingering. Saudade drinks well now but will continue to develop complexity over time. It pairs well with chargrilled beef, smoked sausages and roasted root veggies. With cheese, try it with Manchego, Roquefort or Maytag blue cheese.

2014 Sangiovese – The 2014 Sangiovese has black cherry with undertones of dark chocolate and spice on the nose, accompanied with mild cedar and tar. It is a medium-bodied wine with good mouthfeel and balance alongside fine tannins. It's easy to enjoy now but will continue to develop complexity over time. Try it with with grilled chicken, spring lamb or beef stew.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

Bars, Pubs & Wine Bars, Restaurants

Bacchus Management Group

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Since its formation in 2001, Bacchus Management Group has served as a restaurant and hospitality management and consulting group, creating inspired and successful businesses in the world of food and wine. Founded by industry veterans Tim Stannard, Andrew Green, Chef Mark Sullivan, and Brannin Beal, Bacchus Management Group oversees and manages the daily operations of several award-winning restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Monica. All of Bacchus's restaurants are built on a foundation of warm and gracious hospitality, local, sustainable and organic ingredients, and a top-tier wine and spirits program.

Donastia

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Madera

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Martins West Gastropub

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Barefoot Coffee Roasters

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Wine, Beer & Liquor Shops

Bay Kegs

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Beltramo's

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Bonhams

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One of the world’s oldest and most renowned auctioneers with a Bay Area presence. Fine and Rare Wine live auctions held four times a year at the San Francisco saleroom. Find out more information on their website. 

Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery

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Family-owned and handcrafted, the wines of Lion Ranch are a modern expression with a nod to history. The winery specializes in Rhone varietals and blends.

Tasting Room Hours: Weekends: 11am-4pm

Amenities:

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Featured Wines: 

2014 Viognier – This wine has a nose of pear and apple in a baked cobbler with nutmeg, honey and vanilla. Experience tastes of tart apple and very fresh, underripe pear with a bit of fresh apricot and delightful acidity. The finish lingers; the crispness develops into a light caramel taste and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Pair it with crab, mild curries, rich cheese sauces, or lobster macaroni and cheese.

2016 Lioness – Lioness is a pale rose gold color with aromas of crisp apple, vanilla, allspice, florals, light gardenia and jasmine. Tangy and refreshing, this wine has apple, light cherry and grapefruit flavors in the forward and mid-palate and ends with a smooth clean finish. Pair with a wide variety of foods: entree salads, paninis, moules marinières, grilled seafood or chicken, or an assembly of charcuterie, cheeses and fresh fruits au naturel.

2015 Two Lions – This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache Noir and 40% Syrah. Made from ripe fruit with good acid and tannins, it has a lingering dried-cherry mouthfeel. A balanced and nuanced wine, it expresses the synergy of two classic Rhone varietals. This wine pairs well with barbecue beef brisket or pork shoulder, grilled lamb and specialty sausage, as well as pizza and flatbreads and dishes with fresh rosemary, thyme or marjoram.

Available Food: Lion Ranch offers small cheeses and meat snacks for $5 or less.

Affiliations: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

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Bel Campo Meat Co.

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Belmont Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Sundays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Brisbane Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm, Year-Round.

Burlingame Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm, May- November. Sundays from 9am to 1:30pm, February- December. 

Campbell Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Sundays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Champs Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Saturdays from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, located in the “C” Lot.

Cupertino Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Sundays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Cupertino Vallco Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Fridays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Daly City Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Thursdays & Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Foster City Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm & Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Gilroy Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, May - November.

Half Moon Bay Coastside Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, May - December.

Los Altos Downtown Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm, May- September.

Los Gatos Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Sundays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

Menlo Park Farmers Market

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Season & Hours: Sundays from 9am to 1pm, Year-Round.

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Blue House Farm

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Blue Rose Music

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EXPERIENCE | VISIT Spirited Americana music from local legendary artists. 

BlueRoseMusic.com

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Bumble

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LYFE Kitchen

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Cafe Borrone

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Flea Street Cafe

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JOYA Restaurant & Lounge

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Chromatic Coffee Co.

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Clover Sonoma

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Fresh California organic and natural dairy products since 1946. 

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Coastside Farmers Markets

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We are a farmer-directed Certifed Market designed to link Coastside residents with their neighbors — the Coastside farmers, ranchers, fishermen and culinary artisans that produce some of the most beautiful, nutritious and creative food in the world.

Twice a week we showcase these outstanding producers, as well as providing an incubator for emerging local businesses and a forum for our many community-serving nonprofits.

We serve the Coastside community from Pacifica to Pescadero, and the many visitors to the area, and offer a resilient forum for direct relationships to develop and endure between the people of our community and those who produce our food.


The Coastside Farmers Markets are open weekly, May through December, on Wednesdays 2:30–6:30pm at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica and Saturdays 9am–1pm at Shoreline Station in Half Moon Bay.

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Coffee and Juice Bar at Whole Foods on The Alameda

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Event Venue, Retail - Food, Vineyards & Wineries

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

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Award-winning family estate wines grown in the foothills of Saratoga. In a relaxed ambiance on scenic hillsides, discover luscious wine where the grapes are grown. Bring a picnic; bring friends. Certified California sustainable winegrower.

Tasting Room Hours: Monday-Friday: 12pm-5pm; Weekends: 11am-5pm

Amenities:

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Featured Wines: 

2013 Chardonnay – Accolades: 90 points, Wine Enthusiast. Aromas of pear, crisp green apples and lemon zest lead into a palate that includes those pears, Granny Smith apples and lychee with a splash of citrus around the edges. Perfect for summer sipping and beyond!

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, George’s Vineyard – Accolades: 94 points, Wine Enthusiast. A rich garnet in the glass leads to aromas of plums, fleshy red stone fruit and nice pipe tobacco. Velvety Bing cherries, accompanied by notes of cassis and a little ground pepper on the edge, grace the palate, which all lead into a soft, pleasing finish.

2011 Test Pilot F-86 Sabre Jet – This Bordeaux-style blend pours a pretty garnet wine. An inviting nose of plums, cherries and berries leads into a lovely palate of bright cherries, red currants and plums, plus the nuance of cedar trees, before a bright, lingering finish. Test Pilot is a series of labels for our limited production blends that honors founding winemaker and NASA test pilot George Cooper.

Available Food: Wine-paired cheeses, assorted crackers, salumi and olives.

Affiliations: Saratoga Wine Trail, Organic Wine Trail, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association Passport Days, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Passport Days

Where can I buy? Whole Foods Market, Madera 

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Costanoa Lodge and Cascade Bar & Grill

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Discover the pace of nature in this coastal eco- adventure resort. Onsite restaurant offers fresh California coastal cuisine, complemented by restaurant garden and locally sourced ingredients. Reservations requested

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Delicious Crepes Bistro

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EarthBeauty Apothecary

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Epicurean Group

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A local, farm-fresh corporate and campus dining services and catering company dedicated to sustainable dining and artisanal, handcrafted meals and beverages from local farm sourcing. Fresh. Honest. Local.

Activities, Art & Entertainment, Farmers Markets

Facebook Festivals

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EXPERIENCE | VISIT Community-building food and fun festivals on the Facebook campus. Open to the public. Festival proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

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Fifth Crow Farm

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Filoli

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Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this Woodside country estate and gardens is dedicated to education and the conservation of the cultural and natural history of the Bay Area. Handcrafted garden products, tours, walking trails and seasonal events. Open to daily visitors and memberships.

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Food Craft Institute

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A nonprofit educational institution to train and support artisan food businesses. 

International Culinary Center

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Midway between the vineyards of Napa Valley and the fresh-caught seafood of Monterey Bay, and less than an hour's drive from San Francisco, is The International Culinary Center's West Coast home located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Bakeries & Patisseries, Cafes & Bistros, Ice Cream Shops

Fraiche Frozen Yogurt

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Breweries

FreeWheel Brewing Company

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We are an award-winning brewery specializing in English-style cask-conditioned session ales. Our pub is comfortable & eclectic with an innovative menu.  Mission: Reestablish the village brewery. Make the freshest local English-style beer available.

Travel & Leisure

Gilroy Welcome Center

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EXPERIENCE | VISIT Known as the "Garlic Capital of the World," Gilroy offers visitors great restaurants, wineries, golf courses, shopping and more. 

Catering & Meal Delivery, CSAs & Farm Boxes, Groceries & Markets, Retail - Food, Services - Food

Goodeggs

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Gordon Biersch

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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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Cheese & Dairy, Event Venue, Farm Markets & Stands, Travel & Leisure

Harley Farms Goat Dairy

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Highway 1 Brewing

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Icicles

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All Rolled Up

On a recent rainy day, when most people yearned for tea in front of a fireplace, a line of people sporting umbrellas and good cheer waited on the sidewalk, pelted with rain. What could compel these people to stand outside on a day like this?

Surprisingly—ice cream. Willow Glen’s newest addition to the fresh food scene is Icicles, offering rolled ice cream, made to order before the customers’ eyes. Fresh cream, eggs, sugar and milk are pasteurized on site every day, creating custard that is poured onto a flat, freezingcold pan. Ingredients such as fresh fruit are added. Then the mixture is chopped, spread wafer-thin and rolled into six rolls and tucked into a cup.

Icicles is the brainchild of Lynda Huynh and Lit Leong, who noticed street vendors selling rolled ice cream while traveling in Thailand. Intrigued, they imported the equipment and began experimenting in their kitchens. After two years, they opened Icicles on Lincoln Avenue in July.

Huynh has been surprised by the seemingly immediate popularity of Icicles, fed by social media posts that customers upload, showing videos of their ice cream being made. The founders already have begun to open additional stores all over the Bay Area.

Breakfast & Bruncheries, Cafes & Bistros, Coffee & Tea Houses, Ice Cream Shops, Specialty & Artisanal Shops

Jougert Bar

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Cooking Classes, Programs & Schools, Non-Profits & Organizations, Services - Food

Just Add Salt

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Memorable culinary experiences for teams, groups and individuals. Classes, recipes and seasonal events. 

Commercial Kitchens & Kitchen Incubators

KitchenTown

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Catering & Meal Delivery, CSAs & Farm Boxes, Services - Food, Specialty & Artisanal Shops

Luke's Local

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Mayfield Bakery & Cafe

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