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Chef Gary Alinder Restarts the Monday
                  Dinners in a Final Farewell!

Chef Gary Alinder Restarts the Monday Dinners in a Final Farewell!
Above are photos of Chef Gary over the years.

Join the fun at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto!
Call 650 599-3320 to reserve by Monday morning, 9:30 am.
Reserving early by Sunday morning is most helpful!
Improve your health and make new friends! $18, Mondays, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
Promoting Health Through Diet, Lifestyle, and Community
Dinners served at the First Baptist Church
305 N California Avenue (at Bryant), Palo Alto, CA, Meetup group

Classic Monday Dinner Cuisine
The Final Dinner by Head Chef Gary Alinder
February 6, 6:00 pm

Dear Friends of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community,

Please forward this email to friends who may be interested! To join our email list, Please visit for our February/March newsletter and dinner menus.

Be sure to join us for our Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner on February 6:
* Chef Gary Alinder
* Classic Monday Dinner Cuisine
* White Bean, Leek and Veggie Miso Soup
* Millet and Veggie Croquettes with Creamy Mushroom Gravy
* Mashed Butternut Squash
* Sweet and Tart Red Cabbage
* Mixed Baby Greens with Citrus-Ginger Vinaigrette
* Trail Mix Cookies
* Variety of Teas
* Gluten-Free except Dessert

The Monday dinners have been absent for three months, due to a stove which stopped working in early November. The stove was finally restored through the heroic efforts of Bob Griffin. The time off has reminded us of the enormous value of the dinners.

Make a date with a friend, or come by yourself and make new friends! People often spontaneously introduce themselves to newcomers at our communal tables.

Dinner Details:
* Monday, February 6, 6:00 pm
* $18 sitdown or takeout
* call 650 599-3320 to reserve for Dinner by Monday morning, 9:30 am (please specify "sitdown" or "takeout"), or reserve online through our Meetup group. Reserving early by Sunday morning or before is most helpful.
* Dinner served at the First Baptist Church, 305 North California Avenue at Bryant, Palo Alto, 1/4 mile East of Alma and the California Avenue Caltrain Station (map)

For more Monday dinner menus, visit (click on "Current Menu" along the top of the page).

Chef Gary Alinder's Farewell Dinner

This will be Gary Alinder's last Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner, after nearly 30 years as our beloved Head Chef. The dinner will feature favorite dishes prepared in the proven style that he has served over the years.

Gary cooked our first dinner on May 11, 1987, then held at St. Bede's Church in Menlo Park. During the early years, he cooked most every Monday dinner, commuting from San Francisco.

Through his good cheer, reliability, and the excellence of his meals, Gary established the dinners as a regular Monday event, attracting people and providing fertile ground for good things to happen: fun, friendships, networking, healthy eating, lectures on health, cooking classes, and more--helping to develop a vibrant community.

Gary apprenticed as a cook at Fukuen, a vegetarian macrobiotic restaurant in Osaka, Japan in 1978-79 and later worked at French and natural foods restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Since 1986 he has been a cook and caterer in the Bay Area. He cooks frequently for community groups, often at the Saratoga Springs Retreat Center, Upper Lake, CA, and occasionally gives cooking classes. He publishes The MacroChef, a blog at

A culinary artist, Gary is a joy to work with in the kitchen--the love he exudes is contagious and gets into the meals he prepares. Over the years, he has taught and inspired many, and has epitomized the spirit of macro(great)-biotics(life).

Though he cooked for us less often in the last few years after moving to Vallejo--a long commute to Palo Alto--on the occasions that he did cook, loyal fans looked forward to his dinners.

Without question, Gary is largely responsible for the success of the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners and the sponsoring Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, which have carried on for nearly 30 years now.

We are extremely grateful for Gary's efforts and contributions, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Join us to pay Gary tribute at his farewell dinner!

Annual Fundraising Drive

The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community needs your financial support to keep the Monday Dinners going. For details on making a tax-deductible contribution by cash, check, or online, see

Coming Events

February 13
Singer-Songwriter Nancy Cassidy performs Soulful Songs for Everyone!

February 27
Ken Becker speaks on What is the Healthiest? Vegetarian, Vegan, Oleo, Raw Food, Supplements.....?

March 27
Laura Stec teaches a cooking class, Exploration of a Sauce - Macrobiotics.

Recipe in the February/March newsletter, contributed by Gabriele Kushi: Nori-Wrapped Tofu with Miso, see

Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner (Dairy-Free) Details

The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner every Monday (except major holidays) in Palo Alto. This is a full, dairy-free, vegan dinner which includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and beverage, prepared by expert natural foods Chef Gary Alinder, our Chef since our inception in 1987, or another of our excellent and dedicated Chefs: Chuck Collison, the team of Marta Serda and Michael Bauce, Susanne Jensen, and others. (Popular Chef James Holloway recently moved to Oregon.)

Website: - featuring newsletter, dinner menus, and related information.

Chef's Blog: or - articles by Chef Gary Alinder on a wide range of topics including cooking, food, and health; a recipe archive; and much more!

Meetup Group: join our group at or to receive email reminders of our dinners and make dinner reservations online.

Facebook Page: like us at or The Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto.

Dinner Reservations: please try to make your Dinner reservations by Monday morning, 9:30 am; call 650 599-3320 and specify either "sitdown" or "takeout". Or reserve through the meetup group. Reserving early by Sunday morning is most helpful! If it's after 9:30 am on Monday and you're still interested in coming, call and leave a number for the manager to call you back if there is space. It is not necessary to reserve for the After-Dinner presentation.

Sitdown or Takeout: dine with us or pick up a takeout. When reserving, please indicate "sitdown" or "takeout".

Time--earlier time effective July 11, 2016: dinner is served at 6:00 pm every Monday except major holidays; the after-dinner presentation (once per month) starts at 7:30 pm.

Price: $18 for Dinner (occasional special dinners are priced higher), $5-10 donation suggested for after-dinner presentation.

Location: The First Baptist Church, 305 North California Avenue at Bryant, Palo Alto, 1/4 mile East of Alma and the California Avenue Caltrain Station (map).

After-Dinner Presentation: each month we feature an After-Dinner Lecture or Event, described in the newsletter and website. Lectures are usually on macrobiotic or other health related topics, by a variety of speakers including macrobiotic counselors, medical doctors, cooking teachers, and people who have dealt successfully with serious diseases using macrobiotic or similar approaches. Other events have included screenings for osteoporosis and performances by folk singers and vegetarian Chinese acrobats. We have a pass-the-hat policy for our events; we suggest a donation of $5-10.

Who Should Attend: all are welcome at our Dinners, vegetarian or not. The Dinners are particularly helpful for those who want to eat in healthy ways, but may not know how to get started. Many who attend may have the same health concerns you have. Also, choosing locally grown, vegetarian foods is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint on the planet.

Dinner attendance ranges from 40 to 100, with a full spectrum of ages spanning newborns to grandparents, including quite a few interesting singles. Come with a friend or by yourself; singles easily integrate into our friendly group, where seating is communal. Many long-term friendships have started at a Monday Dinner, and are renewed every week!

We hope to see you at a Monday Dinner! Please forward this message to friends who may be interested.

Newsletter Editor and Webmaster
Peninsula Macrobiotic Community

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