Friends of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community,
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for our February/March newsletter and dinner menus.
Be sure to
join us for our Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner on
* Chef Gary Alinder
* Classic Monday Dinner Cuisine
* White Bean, Leek and Veggie Miso Soup
* Millet and Veggie Croquettes with Creamy Mushroom
* 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
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.
date with a friend, or come by yourself and make new
friends! People often spontaneously introduce
themselves to newcomers at our communal tables.
* 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)
Monday dinner menus, visit http://peninsulamacro.org
(click on "Current Menu" along the top of the page).
Gary Alinder's Farewell Dinner
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 http://peninsulamacro.org.
Singer-Songwriter Nancy Cassidy performs Soulful
Songs for Everyone!
Ken Becker speaks on What is the
Healthiest? Vegetarian, Vegan, Oleo, Raw Food,
Laura Stec teaches a cooking class, Exploration
of a Sauce - Macrobiotics.
the February/March newsletter, contributed by Gabriele
Kushi: Nori-Wrapped Tofu with Miso, see http://peninsulamacro.org.
Vegetarian Dinner (Dairy-Free) Details
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
- featuring newsletter, dinner menus, and related
- articles by Chef Gary Alinder on a wide range of
topics including cooking, food, and health; a recipe
archive; and much more!
Group: join our group at http://peninsulamacro.org/meetup
to receive email reminders of our dinners and make
dinner reservations online.
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Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto.
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.
or Takeout: dine with us or pick up a takeout.
When reserving, please indicate "sitdown" or
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
$18 for Dinner (occasional special dinners are priced
higher), $5-10 donation suggested for after-dinner
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).
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.
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.
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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