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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en... (More)
About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and environment pioneer, macrobiotic, Master Cleanser, ayurvedic, and officially-designated health-nut or party-girl (depending on the year). Professionally, I've worn many industry hats including: line cook, corporate chef, Food Coach, caterer, product developer, restaurant reviewer, culinary school teacher, corporate wellness educator, food co-op clerk, author, and even Cirque-du-Soleil lead popcorn concessioner! For years I managed an outdoor kitchen, deep in the bear-infested woods of Tahoe, and also for hospitals (the most unhealthy kitchen I ever worked in?), Singapore high-rises, mule-pack trips, Canadian catholic rectories, and more events than I could ever recall. Yet I still keep discovering. Actually, I adapt everyday by new lessons learned from teachers, customers and students. However there is one food truth I now hold sacrosanct: Eaters are motivated by pleasure. So no matter what we discuss here - recipes or restaurants, food politics or pairings, local events, food as art, or even as God, I will always come from a high-vibe, party perspective. Oh I do still long to change the world with great tasting food, but know in my heart, "If it ain't fun, it don't get done!" So - wanna come to the Food Party? By the way - it's a potluck. (Hide)
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Woodside Bakery is Closing?
Uploaded: Nov 28, 2015
What a surprise to learn that Woodside Bakery,
located at 3052 Woodside Rd, next to Buck’s, will close January 15th, not due to lack business, the place is always packed. But because, well, has anyone even heard the reason why?
Maybe business has gotten too good? We won't know till the Landlord agrees to comment. (I removed the name after a few readers complained below.) The company owns a lot of the commercial district in Woodside, and keeps tenants on a month-to-month lease. Mark Sweyer, owner of Woodside Bakery has been leasing monthly for the last seven years. On November 3rd he was unexpectantly told to close up shop and get rid of all his employees, smack dab in the middle of the holidays.
I recently went into Emily Joubert, the wonderful home and garden store just down from Woodside Bakery, and noticed a cute little coffee station in the works. “Are you starting an espresso business?” I asked. What a great idea - we have so few places to enjoy a coffee or wine in Woodside and Portola Valley. This would be a perfect use of their lovely outside gardens. But the answer was unfortunate - they had opened, but were soon told by their landlord to close down.
Guess who the landlord is?
You know, I understand property and business ownership. But I also understand community.
Which one do we value the most?
What is it worth to you?
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