What's cooking: Eat a pizza for Project ReadAmici's East Coast Pizzeria in Menlo Park is sponsoring a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 27, from 5 to 10 p.m. that will let you chow down on pizza, pasta and other menu items while supporting adult literacy education in the community.
"Raise Some Dough!" will benefit Project Read-Menlo Park. During those five hours, 25 percent of the bill for Amici's patrons who bring in a flier (available through Project Read) will be donated to the program, which provides free tutoring for adults with limited English reading and writing skills.
The 25 percent contribution to the program applies to both dine-in and take-out orders, only at the Amici's at 880 Santa Cruz Ave.
Project Read has provided one-on-one tutoring to thousands of adults since its establishment in 1985. It currently has more than 90 volunteer tutors and 125 learners, according to Roberta Roth, literacy outreach specialist.
Although the program gets most of its funding from the city of Menlo Park, it is increasingly relying on private donations and fundraising events as public funding dwindles during these dire economic times.
Patrons must bring the "Raise Some Dough!" flier to the restaurant to participate in the fundraiser that night. It can be downloaded at projectreadmenlopark.org by clicking on Upcoming Events. It is also available at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St.
For more information, call the Project Read office at 330-2525.
Marche open for lunch
For the first time since opening in 2001, Marche restaurant in downtown Menlo Park is serving lunch five days a week, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Chef Guillaume Bienaime has created a menu of lighter fare with salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. Dishes will include golden beet carpaccio with harissa-spiced pistachios, orange and French feta, asparagus soup with fennel and potato veloute, short rib sandwich on baguette, and Alaskan true cod with asparagus.
The restaurant also announced it is now serving dinner on Monday nights — formerly a "dark" night.
Marche is located at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.