Tag Archives: Dine Downtown San Jose

Fall Festivities In the South Bay/Peninsula

Gamble Garden's live Zoom class will show you how to decorate a pumpkin as beautiful as these. (Photo courtesy of Gamble Garden)
Gamble Garden’s live Zoom class will show you how to decorate a pumpkin as beautiful as these. (Photo courtesy of Gamble Garden)

Take Pumpkin Decorating To New Heights

If you’ve already done spooky and campy with your jack-o’-lantern in Halloweens past, now’s the time to give chic a try.

Palo Alto’s Gamble Garden will host a “Pumpkin Decorating With Henna” online class, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 24.

Artist Priti Aggarwal will lead this live Zoom class in the Indian art of mehndi, explaining its history and cultural applications, and guiding you to decorate your own pumpkin with custom-made henna paste free of chemicals or dyes.

All supplies, including the pumpkin and the henna, will be provided and must be picked up beforehand at the Gamble Garden.

The class is recommended for those ages 8 on up. Price is $40 per person. For more info or to register, click here.

“Dine Downtown San Jose”

This year’s “Dine Downtown San Jose” is extended through Nov. 15, and includes dine-in, dine-out, and to-go specials, making it easier than ever to help support local restaurants during this challenging time.

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Get Ready for Dine Downtown San Jose — Plus A Food Gal Giveaway


A slew of restaurants will be offering special three-course prix fixe dinners, June 10-19, as part of Dine Downtown San Jose.

The prix fixe offerings will be priced from $20 on up. Participating restaurants include Arcadia, Cafe Stritch, The Farmers Union, and Poor House Bistro.

For every prix fixe meal sold, Sysco will donate $1 to Martha’s Kitchen, too. The San Jose organization provides meals to those in need.

Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a $50 gift certificate to Mezcal Restaurant in downtown San Jose. Use it toward the $30 three-course prix fixe the restaurant is serving up for Dine Downtown San Jose, which includes options such as tortilla soup, grilled steak with chipotle sauce, and warm Oaxacan chocolate cake. Or use it another time.

Chef Octavio Gomez of Mezcal. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Chef Octavio Gomez of Mezcal. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Mezcal specializes in moles, as well as chapulines (fried grasshoppers). If you’ve never experienced the latter, this is the place to try them. Seasoned with garlic, salt and lime, they’re as crisp and addicting as potato chips. So, no need to be squeamish.

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Seghesio Family Vineyards Dinners, Time for “Dine Downtown San Jose” & More

Scenes from the first "Chef's Summer Dinner'' in June in the Alexander Valley. (Photo courtesy of Richard Knapp)

Dining in the Vineyards with Seghesio Winery

Seghesio Family Vineyards, maker of some of my favorite Zinfandels, invites you to dine al fresco at the special places where their grapes are grown.

EachChef’s Summer Dinnerfeatures a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Peter Janiak, as well as Seghesio wines, of course.

The July 14 dinner will take place at Westphall Ranch overlooking Lake Sonoma.

The Aug. 11 dinner will be on Rattlesnake Hill at Seghesio’s Home Ranch, the location of the country’s oldest Sangiovese vines.

Each dinner is $200 per person. If you are a Visa Signature cardholder, you’ll receive $25 off each ticket.

Enjoy Seghesio wines and a tasting menu in the vineyards. (Photo courtesy of Richard Knapp)

“Dine Downtown San Jose”

June 20 through July 1, enjoy deals on some of the finest eats downtown San Jose has to offer.

At the fourth annual “Dine Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week,” you can indulge in three- and four-course dinners specially priced from $20 to $70 per person.

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