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News - March 27, 2013

Oprah, Sandberg visit Flea Street Cafe

Jesse Cool, longtime owner of Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park, sent out an email March 22 about a recent visit to her restaurant of Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook and author of the new book, "Lean In."

Here is what Ms. Cool had to say (she refers to the organic buttermilk biscuits served at the restaurant):

"As some of you know, Oprah visited Flea Street to film an interview with our dear friend Sheryl Sandberg. The interview was about Sheryl's new book Lean In (Knopf Publishing 2013). It was such a privilege to be there, set the table and make it comfortable for Oprah and Sheryl's in depth conversation.

"Of course we think those biscuits just might have set the scene for the amazing interview. To say we were honored to have these two remarkable women at Flea Street would be an understatement.

"Listening to Sheryl and Oprah talk about women and their role in management helped me reflect on both the difficulties I have faced in a male dominated profession, as well as the remarkable change we are seeing as more and more young women take the helm in modern kitchens.

"Women's place in the culinary world used to be confined to home cooking or comfort food. Entry into fine cuisine was often met with a very stern man in a toque who ignored women cooks. It was intimidating at times.

"The interview (and the biscuits!) are featured in the just-released April issue of O Magazine. (The interview was shown March 24 on Oprah's OWN cable TV channel.)

"A big thanks to Sheryl for thinking of us as one of her favorite local restaurants. And thanks to all of you, after so many years, for allowing us to set a special table for you. See you soon over a basket of biscuits and more."

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