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SusieCakes Opens First Peninsula Location, Porchetta Time & More

SusieCakes Comes to Menlo Park

SusieCakes, which started in Southern California but has spread to these northern parts, is opening its newest location at 642 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park.

The bakery, know in particular for its old-fashioned cakes and cupcakes, already has two other Bay Area locations: San Francisco and Marin County.

Join in the grand opening ceremony at the Menlo Park bakery, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. Dust off your favorite poodle skirt for an old-fashioned sock hop with 50’s tunes. Best costume wins a prize. There will be plenty of cupcakes, cookies and bars to sample, too.

Porchetta Sundays at Brassica in the Napa Valley

After a weekend of wine tasting, there’s nothing better than a big hunk of  juicy, slow-cooked pork to go along with it.

Every Sunday night now at Chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s Brassica in St. Helena, they’re serving up porchetta — a whole loin of pork stuffed with garlic, rosemary, fennel fronds and fennel pollen, then roasted in a Caja China charcoal oven for 3 1/2 hours.

The tender meat is served gigante white beans and braised seasonal greens — all for $22 per person.

“Taste of Yountville” Rolls Into Town

March 24, noon to 5 p.m., the town of Yountville, which boasts more Michelin stars per capita than any other place around, will host its 19th annual “Taste of Yountville” block party.

All up and down Washington Street, restaurants and wineries will be offering up noshes and sips. Tasting tickets are $1 each.

Among those participating will be: Bouchon Bistro, Bottega, Redd, Jessup Cellars and Domaine Chandon.

Tours of the fabled French Laundry garden will also be led by its gardener, Tucker Taylor.

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