Tuesday, July 12

Events, Openings, Announcements - July 2016

Michael Mina's Bourbon Pub Celebrate's National Ice Cream Month with Special Desserts

Who:  Bourbon Pub, Michael Mina’s casual and approachable restaurant located at Levi’s® Stadium offering whimsical plays on pub-style dishes complemented by light, healthier options, will celebrate National Ice Cream month with weekly specials created by Pastry Chef, Amy Lee.

What:  Bourbon Pub will be featuring four special ice cream desserts on the menu that will change weekly and are only available throughout the month of July, in honor of National Ice Cream month. The weekly rotating menu will include different styles of ice cream desserts, all housemade and featuring seasonal ingredients.

July 5 - 9
Red Verjus Gastrique

July 11 - 16
Espresso, Roasted Almonds, Chantilly Cream

July 18 - 23

July 25 - 30
Strawberry, Vanilla, Roasted Banana Ice Cream

When:             July 5 – July 30

Where:           Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub; Levi's® Stadium, Ground Level
                        4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way Santa Clara, CA 95054


Taste Of Orleans Comes To Great America July 23-24 & 30-31Cajun & Orleans Food, Live Music And Décor In Orleans Section Of Great America

California’s Great America will introduce the exciting new
Taste Of Orleans festival July 23-24 and 30-31 in the park’s Orleans Place area. Taste of Orleans will feature live Cajun, Jazz and Mardi Gras style music, regional food delicacies and drink and will be open to all Great America guests.

Regional cuisine includes chicken gumbo with red beans and rice, Po’boys, muffuletta, crawfish etouffee, beignets and much more. The live music features four jazz and Cajun bands that will entertain guests throughout the day.

“The Taste Of Orleans Festival renews a tradition of branding areas of Great America that represent and celebrate regions across the United States,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “This festival, and holiday events such as Halloween Haunt and our new WinterFest, provides even more and unique reasons for guests to visit Great America.”

A Chalk artist will paint Mardi Gras murals throughout festival and there will be mask decorating for kids 12-and-under. To close each evening, a Taste Of Orleans fireworks show set to Cajun music will decorate the sky.

2016 Season Passes are currently on sale for just $67 and feature a season of fun in both Great America and Boomerang Bay Water Park. A $99 Gold Pass includes Halloween Haunt, WinterFest, Gilroy Gardens and more, making Great America one of the regions best family valued entertainment options.

More Info here

Whole Foods Market to open Santa Clara store July 26NorCal’s newest location anchors Santa Clara Square Marketplace

Whole Foods Market opens its new 50,000 square-foot Santa Clara storeJuly 26 at 2732 Augustine Drive (corner of Scott & Bowers). Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor will join the company to host a bread-breaking ceremony for the store and ribbon cutting for Santa Clara Square Marketplace at 9:45 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

For a first look at the store, members of the public can attend a Preview Party on July 23 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes cooking demos, food and product samples, games, raffle, and 3D chalk art photo booth. Tickets are $5; Whole Foods Market will donate all proceeds to Santa Clara Vanguard. RSVP at eventbrite.com.

This is the first Whole Foods Market location in Santa Clara, and the 44th in Northern California. The store brings an estimated 225 new jobs to Santa Clara.

Highlights of the new store include:


Beer and Wine on tap – 16 taps feature local beers including brews from Camino Brewing Company, Santa Clara Brewing Company, and even Whole Foods Market’s own brewery in the San Jose Store. National favorites and wine on tap will be available as well.

Signature Menu by Melissa King – Top Chef finalist Melissa King designed many of the items on the Tap Room menu, including the Seoul Burger with kimchi, arugula, and sesame-gochujang aioli; Tokyo Burger, with shiitake mushrooms, greens, caramelized onions, and yuzu miso aioli; Lemongrass Meatballs; Chicken Karaage; Gomae-Spinach Sesame Salad; Enoki Bacon (Enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon and finished with togarashi); and simple Zucchini Rounds.


Chromatic Coffee & Camino Brewing Company Collaboration Brew – The star of this store’s beer set is 22-ounce bottles of Chromatic Coffee and Camino Brewing Company’s Café Con Leche coffee stout. Whole FoodsMarket Santa Clara will be the only place to snag bottles of the tasty collaboration brew through the fall. Guests can browse among a large curated selection of international, national, local, and micro brews, too.


Local product selection – Some of the local products customers will find on shelves include:
Rabbit’s Foot Meadery (Santa Clara Valley)
Frontier Bites (San Jose) – nutrient-dense snacks
Uncie Ros’s (Santa Cruz) – New York-style wood-fired pizza
Small Bees Honey (Los Gatos)
Stueve Biodynamic and Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs (Oakdale)
Camino Brewing Company (San Jose)
Chromatic Coffee (Santa Clara)
Bonny Doon Vineyards (Davenport)
Ridge Vineyards (Cupertino)

More Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo options than ever before – The Produce section will house Whole FoodsMarket’s standard selection of top quality fruits and vegetables, as well as an expanded value added set with zucchini noodles, coleslaw mixes, stir fry veggie kits and ready-to-nosh platters. In the Bakery, Sugar Plum cookies are vegan, gluten free, and GMO free; they’re just one of the vegan and gluten free brands the store will sell. The Meat department will offer bacon cured without sugar, and in Prepared Foods customers will always find plenty of plant-strong items on the hot and salad bars.

Imperfect Produce – As part of Whole Foods Market’s ongoing commitment to reduce food waste, the company will feature its partnership with Imperfect Produce at the Santa Clara Store. Guests will find specially-packaged “ugly” fruits and veggies like potatoes and apricots on sale at great prices. Historically, small, misshapen, or otherwise cosmetically-flawed produce never makes it to market, but Bay Area startup Imperfect Produce and Whole Foods Market are helping it see its way to the shelf.

Whole Body natural makeup and body care – Tiger Nuts are the nutrient-dense superfoods are taking the fitness world by storm, and customers can find a new Tiger Nut Smoothie Mix in the Whole Body department. There will also be an expanded lifestyles section with aromatherapy infusers, yoga gear, organic and responsible clothing lines, and plenty of candles and books. This complements the store’s regular selection of natural makeup and body care lines like Andalou Naturals, Juice Beauty, Dr. Hauschka, Mineral Fusion, and Pacifica.


J-Pop Summit is Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24th at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, located at 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123.

This year, J-POP SUMMIT attendees will be able to experience a vibrant 2-Day celebration of Japanese pop-influenced culture including edgy fashion events, pop art exhibits, live music, a technology summit and display, and interactive activates, accented by ramen vendors, sake-tasting, and additional attractions also highlighted by celebrity Guests of Honor. Full details on 2016 J-POP SUMMIT are available at: www.J-POP.com.

A variety of affordable ticket options and V.I.P packages will give J-POP SUMMIT attendees the maximum amount of flexibility to customize a memorable festival experience. Adult single-day passes start at only $25.00 each; 2-day passes start at only $40.00 each. Ticket details are available at www.J-POP.com/Tickets.

J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan. 

Official website: www.j-pop.com
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JPOPSUMMIT/featured

FAME - Fashion Art Music Exhibition

A street culture marketplace by the people and for ALL the people.

Founded in 2010, FAME is an event that strives to connect the fashion, art, and music counterculture communities under one roof to exhibit the work of passionate and respected artists, open minds, and challenge stereotypes.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM (PDT)

Mexican Heritage Plaza - 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116

Tickets here
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