Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 178 June / July 2016 Peninsula Macrobiotic Community

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     Join the fun at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto

How do I attend the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners?
Chef Gary Alinder, since 1987
Chef James Holloway
Every Monday, 6:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto
305 North California Avenue
at Bryant (map)
1/4 mile East of Alma
Sit Down or Take-out, $18
Reservations Requested:
Call 650 599-3320 by
Monday 9:30 AM.
Open to everyone. Communal seating--new people easily integrate into our friendly group, which includes many singles. Make new friends on Mondays!

Coming Events
Monday, June 13
Al Lampell speaks on Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.
Monday, July 4
Independence Day Holiday, No Dinner
Monday, July 11
Patricia Draves and Gerard Lum host What Brings You to the Monday Dinners?
Friday, July 15 through Saturday, July 23
French Meadows Summer Camp at Camp Sylvester. Information: call 530-566-9765
Monday, July 18
French Meadows Summer Camp, No Dinner
News and Announcements

Reservations are requested for the Monday dinner. To reserve, call 650 599-3320 by Monday 9:30 am (to bypass the message, press "#"). You can also reserve online through our Meetup group. For the dinner location, see the information box to the left.

Earlier Dinner Start Time
The July 11 dinner, and all subsequent dinners, will begin a half-hour earlier at 6 pm. This is a permanent change. After-dinner events will start about 7:30 pm.

Connect with Our Community
New! View a slideshow of the Monday Dinners and other activities of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community!

Join our Meetup group to make dinner reservations online and receive weekly reminders! Visit and like our Facebook page, The Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto!

Make a date with a friend to meet at a Monday Dinner, or come by yourself and make new friends! Either way, you'll get a great meal and a lot more--everyone wins!

Concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and the health of the planet? One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to choose locally grown, vegetarian foods. Try it out at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto (where the food is actually vegan, even better)!

To be added to an email list for notifications of newsletter updates (every two months) and other events,

Free Cooking Classes by Chef Laura Stec
Chef Laura Stec ( is offering two series of free cooking classes at local libraries this summer. For information, click here.

Food Donations
With great gratitude we Thank our generous in-kind food donors! Companies we can trust! Click on a photo or logo to visit a company's website.
Choice Organic Teas Tofurky Tempeh
Eden Foods Gold Mine Natural Foods
Country Sun Natural Foods  
Volunteer Kitchen Assistants
Learn macrobiotic cooking and serve the community! Seeking individuals passionate about assisting the Monday Dinner chef and sous chef with meal preparation. Duties include preparing food--cleaning, chopping, slicing, and dicing--and washing pots, dishes, and utensils. Two Monday afternoons a month, 2:30-6:30 pm, includes complimentary dinner. Contact Patricia Becker at 650 285-1867 or
Support the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community!
Your help is needed to support our organization. Donations to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community (PMC) are accepted in any amount, and are applied to food costs, a large, required insurance payment, and other operating expenses. Donations are tax-deductible, as the PMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Contribute online by clicking on "Donate" below, or write checks to "Peninsula Macrobiotic Community" and mail to Gerard Lum, 101 E. Middlefield Road #9, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Tasty Tangy and Terrific Vegan Dinner
Chefs Gary Alinder and James Holloway
June 20, 2016
Yellow Split Pea Soup with Mint

Five-Flavor Rice Plate:
Long Grain Brown Rice with

1) Crisp Fried Tempeh with Peanut Sauce

2) Sweet Potato Curry

3) Fresh Corn Salad

4) Tangy Cucumber Salad

5) Summer Greens Sauté with Shiitake Mushrooms

Sesame-Lemon Cookies


Gluten-Free except Dessert

More Dinner Menus...


French Meadows Summer Camp
The 2015 French Meadows Summer Camp, sponsored by the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation, was the last held at the Gates campground at French Meadows Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest. The 2016 camp, scheduled for July 15-23, 2016 (the 47th annual), will take place at a new location, Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest, CA in the Stanislaus National Forest, about a three hour drive from Palo Alto.

Camp Sylvester features meeting halls, commercial grade kitchens, a lighted amphitheater, team sports areas, cabin accomodations, restrooms, and showers. Near Pinecrest Lake, recreational activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, bicycle rentals, and more.

The more modern facility should appeal to those wary of the rustic camping experience of French Meadows, attracting a broader audience. Though the location will change, the powerful spirit of the camp, nurtured and developed over many years at French Meadows, will carry on. The G.O.M.F. summer camp is both a superb vacation and ome of the best macrobiotic gatherings anywhere in the world.

Pricing: the fee for the full 2016 camp is $1195/adult and $595/youth; shorter stays are possible at a per day rate. Work-study programs are also available.

For more information:
Chef Gary Alinder's Blog: The MacroChef
Chef Gary Alinder has started a blog, The MacroChef, at Tune into Gary's views on a variety of subjects including food and health, and leave your comments! He has also posted a recipe archive which includes soups; main dishes; sauces, gravies, and dressings; and desserts and snacks.

Monthly Macrobiotic Potluck in Santa Rosa
The North Bay Macrobiotic Potluck Group usually meets the first Sunday of each month in Santa Rosa, contact Stephen Starkweather ( ), 707 542-9739,  
Cooking and Classes
Michael Bauce and Marta Serda prepare takeout macrobiotic meals on Tuesday and Thursday nights, pick up from 5-6:30 PM in Berkeley. All meals are home-cooked and macrobiotic using locally sourced and organic food. For information or to order, email Michael () . For upcoming menus, visit the Berkeley Organic Meals Facebook page, and for Michael's blog, visit

Patricia Becker does health and wellness counseling, and teaches yoga, see or call 650 285-1867.

James Holloway, Chef at the Monday Dinners, does personal home cooking in Palo Alto, in macrobiotic and classical styles, call 650 302-1251.

Meredith McCarty, Certified Diet Counselor and Nutrition Educator based in Marin, teaches cooking classes, lectures on health topics, and does nutritional counseling. To register for the Marin events listed below, please visit or call (415) 945-3730.
  • June 28 Cooking Class: Cool Cuisine for Summer, Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 PM, $50, Redwood High School 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA 94939.
For information on Meredith's activities, visit or call 415 272-5525.

Meredith McCarty speaks to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community.
Meredith McCarty speaks to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community.
Free Cooking Classes by Chef Laura Stec
Chef Laura Stec ( is offering two series of free cooking classes at local libraries this summer. To register, call the library or visit their website.

Series 1: Food Classics + One - Exploration of the Sauce
Spend summer with Chefs Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Charles Phan, Harold McGee, and Laura Stec. Read any of their writings, and share what you learned while we cook from their books. We will prepare and delight in the differences and similarities of French, Vietnamese and Macrobiotic / natural food sauces.

Featured Cookbooks
Class 1: Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin
Class 2: Modern Vietnamese Cooking, by Charles Phan
Class 3: On Food and Cooking, by Harold McGee, and Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, by Laura Stec

Series 1 Locations and Dates
This series is offered at three libraries:
  • Portola Valley Library: June 21, July 19, Aug 16 (Tuesdays, 2 PM - 3 PM )
    765 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028, 650 851-0560
  • Millbrae Library: June 22, July 20, August 24 (Wednesdays, 7 PM - 8 PM)
    1 Library Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030, 650 697-7607
  • Belmont Library: June 28, July 26, August 23: (Tuesdays, 7 PM - 8 PM)
    1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002, 650 591-8286
Series 2: Summer Cuisine - Fast and Healthy
Summer time means cooking light, fast, and with what's in season. Learn easy ways to bring more health and happiness into summer meals. Cooking is all about tips, and the more you know, the better cook you'll be! Join me for a class, or the series.

Series 2 Location and Dates
Santa Clara Library: 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051, 408 615-2900
Mondays, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • June 27: Vital Veggies
    Eat more vegetables by learning how to bring out their secrets. Topics include: Why to keep water as far away from vegetables as possible, the energetics of food, shopping and storage, and an EZ Seasoning system that will allows you complete control and satisfaction.
  • July 11: Great Grains
    The word refined is a compliment when it comes to your sense of style, but for your diet it’s another matter entirely. Eating whole rather than refined is your ticket to a reduced risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. Six - ten daily servings of grain like brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain pasta are recommended. Make half your grains whole! Come learn how.
  • July 18: Clean Protein
    Plant-based proteins (tofu, tempeh, beans, seitan) are the rage. Learn how to incorporate more into your diet with recipes that appeal to even meat-lovers! We'll tackle meal time when both vegetarians and meat- eaters sit at the same table.
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
Leo Buscaglia
June 13
Teacher and retired engineer Al Lampell will speak after dinner on Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life. In Al's words:

"I believe in a perfect Universe (God, your higher self, all that is). A God that represents perfect, absolute, unconditional love. I also believe that we were created in God’s image, making us perfect extensions of God’s love."

"My talk elaborates on when we align our thoughts with God's, everything begins to work for us, bringing us health, happiness, and longevity. This talk is spiritual, not religious."

Al is a longtime regular at the Monday dinners, and a retired engineer teaching spiritual values. He is a student/teacher/counselor of A Course In Miracles (ACIM), and a volunteer teacher for InnVision, homeless shelters in the Bay Area. He has been teaching for about 31 years now.

July 11
Longtime dinner patron Patricia Draves and current newsletter editor Gerard Lum will host What Brings You to the Monday Dinners? (A donation is optional for this event.) Unlike our usual monthly lecture, this will be an informal mixer where everyone participates by providing his/her own answer to the question, and optionally, sharing something which might be of interest to the Monday dinner group—a cooking tip, a book you like, a favorite restaurant, a health practitioner you'd recommend, a service you provide, a cause you're involved with, etc. Questions on topics such as food, cooking, and health are encouraged—perhaps someone in the group can help. The idea is to build connections, share knowledge, draw upon the group wisdom of our community—and have fun!

Patricia Draves has been an enthusiastic patron of the Monday Dinners for many years with an obvious zest for life which she's carried through her many occupations and interests. "Who would have thought, when I first moved to California in 1986, that one day I would be sharing my thoughts on why I chose to follow a vegan diet. It all began about 9 years later when I noticed a flyer in a bookstore in Mountain View with an invitation to come to the Monday night Peninsula Macrobiotic Community for a healthy diet. I recall how good I felt after eating the dinner. The food and the friends I made through the years made me a permanent fixture here. This lifestyle has contributed to my health and happiness. I feel so fortunate to have followed that invitation at the bookstore."

Gerard Lum has been Newsletter Editor since 1990, sets up speakers and other activities of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, and maintains the website. He has worked as a civil engineer, software engineer, web developer, and photographer. "I came to the Monday Dinners because of my interests in learning about healthy eating and macrobiotics. The dinners have helped me with that and much more—the connections and friendships that I've made have enriched my life considerably. For me, macrobiotic truly means 'great life'."  
Simple Nori-Fried Rice
  • 3 cups leftover cooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut-up small
  • 2 small carrots, cut-up small
  • 1 sheet nori sea vegetable, cut into small thin strips
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
Place carrots and broccoli in pot, add oil and sauté lightly for 3 minutes or until softened yet still firm. Add water, if necessary, to keep from scorching. Add rice, soy sauce and nori strips on top, lower flame and cover. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes. Let sit for 2 more minutes.

by Michael Bauce--visit his blog, Berkeley Macrobiotics  
Community Connection
From The Editor
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Mailing List Policy: The newsletter and dinner menus are no longer sent by postal mail; the last issue mailed was October/November 2012, No. 156.

Tax-Deductible Contributions: We welcome and can use additional contributions to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, as income from the Dinners does not pay all of our expenses. We are a nonprofit organization, so additional contributions are fully tax-deductible. Donate online by clicking on the button in News and Announcements, or write checks to "Peninsula Macrobiotic Community", and mail to Gerard Lum, 101 E. Middlefield Road #9, Mountain View, CA 94043, 650 903-0447.

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