Patxi’s to Open in Campbell, Unique Chefs of Compassion Event & More

Time for deep dish. (Photo courtesy of Patxi's)

Patxi’s Opens This Afternoon in Campbell

Get ready for some deep deep dish.

Patxi’s Pizza, which specializes in Chicago-style deep dish pies, is opening its seventh Bay Area location at 4 p.m. today, 1875 S. Bascom Ave. in Campbell in the Pruneyard Shopping Center.

What’s more, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21, the Campbell locale will hold a grand opening with complimentary samples.

The first Patxi’s (pronounced pah’-cheese) opened in Palo Alto in 2004 by William Freeman and Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz, who previously worked at the legendary Zachary’s Pizza in Berkeley. The restaurant features four types of pizza (stuffed, pan, thin, and extra-thin), as well as three types of dough (regular, whole-wheat, and a new gluten-free one).

The new Campbell location has special meaning for Freeman, too. “I have deep roots in the Campbell area –my family has farmed land here for a century, and my dad grew up on a walnut and apricot farm on Lawrence Road,” he said in a statement. “So this is a real homecoming for me.”

Exec. Pastry Chef Carlos Sanchez of Parcel 104 picks his ingredients from the food pantry. (Photo courtesy of West Valley Community Services)

Chefs of Compassion

So many chefs are used to cooking with every gourmet product at their disposal.

But what happens when four Bay Area chefs are charged with making a showstopping dish from ingredients found only in the West Valley Community Services food pantry?

You’ll find out if you attend the “Chefs of Compassion Cooking for a Cause” fund-raising event, 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road in Los Gatos.

Executive Chef Chris Schloss of Cin-Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos; Executive Pastry Chef Carlos Sanchez of Parcel 104 in Santa Clara; Executive Chef Jay Essadki of Morocco’s Restaurant in San Jose and Mountain View; and Executive Chef Nanci Wokas of Cooking with Class will each be preparing one of four courses at this dinner, which will help fund West Valley Community Services hunger and homeless programs.

"Breakfast for Dinner'' by Carlos Sanchez of Parcel 104. (Photo courtesy of West Valley Community Services)

Yours truly will be one of the judges, charged with picking the winning dish, along with Tracy Lee, founder of Dishcrawl; Sheila Himmel, former Mercury News restaurant critic; Linda Zavoral, Mercury News travel editor; and Abby Schwartz, South Bay manager of Yelp.

Tickets are $100 per person.

Chef Daniel Humm Returns to Campton Place for One Night

Chef Daniel Humm of New York’s Eleven Madison Park is returning for one evening to the establishment where he got his start — Campton Place in San Francisco.

Humm, who has received four stars from the New York Times and three Michelin stars, will present a five-course menu paired with wines at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

The dishes all will be from his new cookbook, “Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook” (Little, Brown & Co.).

Price is $290 per person and includes one copy of the cookbook per person.

For reservations, call (415) 781-5555.

A big slab of pumpkin cheesecake. (Photo courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory)

Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake for Thanksgiving

If you don’t feel like baking for the big feast, Cheesecake Factory comes to the rescue with its Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake.

Both are available through Thanksgiving for $6.95 per slice or $46.95 for a whole Pumpkin Cheesecake or $47.95 for a whole Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake.

Orders will be taken through Nov. 20.

Contest Winner

In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me your favorite way to enjoy tea — and why. The winner will receive an assortment of 100 Tulsi tea bags by Davidson’s Organics  to enjoy.

Congrats to:

Stacie, who wrote, “I hate tea, but my husband loves it. I want to win it for him because he makes me a cup of coffee every morning…and he hates coffee!”

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  • Between the deep dish pizza and those fabulous cheesecakes…you are the ultimate temptress this morning.

  • Little typo in the headline.

    Meanwhile, Trader Joe’s has a great pumpkin cheesecake, 30 ounces for $6.99 (price of one slice of the CF version).

  • Great events! I love a good Chicago-style pizza…I wish a place would open up in my area!

  • Barry: Ooops! Just got rid of that pesky extra letter. Thanks for spotting that. Oh man, I love Trader Joe’s. Such a dangerous place. I always end up buying way more than just what’s on my “list.” 😉

  • YUM! Pumpkin Cheesecake sounds so good!

  • Oh my goodness all of this food looks so delicious!!

  • > From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. that night, the Campbell
    > locale will hold a grand opening with
    > complimentary samples.

    I just called Patxi’s in Campbell. While they are having their grand opening, they said there are no complimentary samples tonight because they already had a soft opening over the weekend. Maybe you were confused with the Paxti’s grand opening on Irving St?

  • That Chefs of Compassion event looks really interesting, it will be great to see what they come up with!

  • Linda W: My bad! It’s actually Nov. 21, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., that Patxi’s will be handing out free samples in Campbell. Hope you can make it then.

  • I’m such a demon for a deep dish pie-I just love tomatoes and you practically swim in tomato. It’s like a out ground pool of tomato to dive in! 😀

  • I actually prefer thin crust pizza and always feel Chicago style is too heavy, but my husband loves it and had many Zachary’s pizza while he was in college. Maybe I can bring him to this new restaurant when we visit our friend near Campbell. Thanks for letting us know! I didn’t even know. 🙂

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