RN74 Celebrates Sweet Birthday, First Walnut Creek Restaurant Week & More

Vanilla bean panna cotta with rhubarb, red wine and poppy seed granola. (Phot courtesy of RN74

San Francisco’s RN74 Offers Up Takeaway Treats for Bargain Price

To celebrate its third anniversary, RN74 in San Francisco is making batches of takeaway dessert treats for $3 each (regularly $5).

If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, head over to the restaurant, April 22-28,  to indulge in a to-go order of an assortment of French cookies, peanut butter mousse with sea salt and bourbon caramel or vanilla bean panna cotta with rhubarb and red wine.

It’s sure to be a sweet time.

Creamy peanut butter mousse with bourbon caramel and chocolate-covered peanuts. (Photo courtesy of RN74)

Student-Run Restaurant Opens in Sunnyvale

The Art Institute of California in Sunnyvale just reopened its student-run restaurant, The Bistro, with a new menu and decor.

Interior Design students, who revamped the space as part of a class project, chose neutral hues, bamboo and grasses for an organic, natural look.

Culinary students manage the dining room and oversee the kitchen, turning out seasonal lunches that are mostly organic. Choose from small plates, salads, entrees or sandwiches.

The Bistro is open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 2:30 p.m. It will operate until near the close of the spring quarter on June 8. It will reopen during the summer quarter.

Walnut Creek Welcomes Its First Restaurant Week This Week

During Walnut Creek Restaurant Week, more than 30 restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus starting at $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner, from now through April 22.

Among those participating are: Lark Creek, Prima Ristorante, Pyramid Ale House, Maria Maria Cantina, and Va De Vi Bistro & Wine Bar.

For a complete list, click here.

New Restaurant Coming to San Jose’s Santana Row

Roux Louisiana Kitchen is no more at San Jose’s Santana Row. Instead, look for the space to be transformed into the new Hot Tamales on May 5.

The ownership remains the same, with Sylvia and Eduardo Rollo overseeing the new concept with Chef Ismael De-Gante, who also manned the former Louisiana cuisine concept.

The public is invited to get its first taste of the new restaurant at a Cinco de Mayo celebration at noon that will feature live music and DJ 911.

Look for garlic shrimp sliders, “Mean Three-Bean Salad,” grilled cactus leaves filled with roasted potatoes and chorizo, and Mexican lasagna with black beans and salsa.

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