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Community - June 16, 2010

Around Town: 'Flavors of the Garden' at Allied Arts

Allied Arts Guild and Cafe Primavera will present the second annual "Flavors of the Garden," a day of food and wine tasting, music, entertainment, and children's activities, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, in Menlo Park.

The open-air marketplace will emphasize fresh, sustainable living. There will be wine tasting, gourmet food by Cafe Primavera, local produce and herbs, organic clothing, and live entertainment. Plein air painters will demonstrate their talents in the gardens.

Wine tasting will be $20, which includes an eco-friendly glass and three tasting tickets.

An adventure passport will navigate children around the property to participating booths for interactive games and prizes. There also will be a kids' reading corner with story time provided by Kepler's Books at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

Vendor products will be sold for profit. Among those taking part are Marshall Farm honey, Kahe Sparkling Nectar, Webb Ranch, Herbs by Kathleen, Wild Thyme Botanicals, La Copa Loca artisan gelato, Olivas de Oro organic olive oil, and O'Bon eco-friendly stationery and pencils.

"Flavors of the Garden" is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Donations will benefit Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Vintage Affaire

Invitations are in the mail for the annual Vintage Affaire, a benefit for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The event will be held Saturday, June 26, in the gardens of a private estate in Woodside.

There will be a new format this year. The event will be in two tiers. Tier one, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., will include a silent auction, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres prepared by guest chefs. Tier two will feature all activities from tier one, plus a live auction from 5 to 7 p.m., and gourmet dinner and music from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost for tier one is $125 per person; tier two is $250 per person.

Go to vintageaffaire.org for more information.

Opera at Little Store

"The Three Divas" — Eilleen Meredith, Erin Neff and Simona Snitskovaya — will present in an evening of opera arias and Broadway favorites from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at The Little Store, 3340 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Dinner that evening, at $75 per person, will include a flute of champagne, curried broccoli soup, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, peas, and a choice of lamb chops or prawns piccata, with chocolate cake for dessert.

For reservations, call 851-8110.

Jazz concerts at Filoli

Tickets are now on sale for the 20th annual Jazz at Filoli series. The six summer concerts begin June 27 with the Larry Vuckovich All-Star Band. The next performance is the Nicolas Bearde Quartet on July 11. Concerts are Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Tables and chairs are set up on the tennis court at the Woodside estate. Complimentary snacks and drinks, including beer and wine, will be served. Box lunches are also available, with advance reservations.

Jazz concert tickets are $60 per person for each concert. Reservations may be made by calling 364-8300, ext. 508.

Benefit dinner at Marche

Marche Restaurant, at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, will host a Pacific Coast seafood dinner Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, when a portion of proceeds will be donated to the oil spill cleanup in the Gulf Coast. Reservations begin at 5:30 p.m.

For each seafood dinner sold, $10 will be donated to the Louisiana Bayoukeepers, members of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

The dinner will include Salt Rock Rainbow with ahi tuna, walu and king salmon; confit of Half Moon Bay albacore with olive oil pudding; Hawaiian mero bass and abalone with porcini mushrooms; and Kashiwase Farms peaches.

Cost of the dinner is $80 person. Wine pairings will be available at an additional charge of $59 per person. There also will be a la carte offerings each evening. For reservations, call 324-9092.

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