The San Pedro Sq. Market in San Jose is celebrating its fifth anniversary

The San Pedro Square market had a party on Thursday night to celebrate its fifth anniversary and a large crowd turned out. Of course, it’s hard to tell if they were there for the party or just because it was a Thursday night, which is usually a popular time for the downtown San Jose destination anyway.

But that’s pretty good evidence of the success the market has had in its half decade. mayor Sam Liccardo An even better sign are the residential projects that have either been built or are in the planning phase near the market. Whether developers were drawn to the market is a matter of dispute. It provides an automatic dining and entertainment destination to new downtown residents that wasn’t there in 2011.

The San Pedro Square Market is essentially a food hall that spans two buildings with an inner courtyard and the historic Peralta Adobe in between. However, this was not the original plan. owner Tom McEnery, Frank Cucuzza and Martin Menne – together with the original store manager Steve Borkenhagen – Originally a market place with flower sellers, butchers and produce and olive oil sellers in some restaurants was planned, with a large restaurant tenant taking up the main area of ​​the “garage” opposite St. John Street.

But food stalls – along with a bar at the center – became the draws. Crewners Barbershop, the Market Beer Store and a small gift stand are what remains of the original ideas. And the big restaurant never came either. But instead of waiting for a name restaurant, the management made this garage space one of the best downtown places to see and be seen. McEnery called the change “inspired despair”. Maybe, but it worked.

And there is more to come. Current market manager Joe Horrigan There are plans to add a mezzanine level with more seating to the garage area, and the Coast Poke Counter, which has links to San Francisco’s popular La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, is the newest restaurant to join the market.

RITA MORENO AT SJSU: San Jose State University received a great keynote speaker for their first gala as part of the Education Opportunities in Program Rita Moreno. The Puerto Rican native and current Berkeley resident certainly knows a lot about breaking barriers and achieving high levels: the actress and dancer is a rare Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner – and she was one of The Best to “The Electric Company”.

The gala will take place on Thursday in the new Student Union Ballroom. Tickets start at $ 125 from Eventbrite. Income to support EOP students in a manner that includes emergency food and shelter and international experience.

FARM FRESH FOOTBALL: Despite the turf problems over the past two seasons, there is now evidence that green things can grow well at Levi’s Stadium. The stadium’s new vegetable and herb garden, called Faithful Farm, was unveiled on Thursday.

The 4,000 square meter roof garden is located on the stadium’s SAP Tower and has been producing tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers, eggplants and other vegetables since July. Farmscape, the group that manages the garden, expects it to produce around 150 pounds each week.

The products are used in dishes made available to the stadium’s clubs as well as in the numerous special events that take place there. And while vegetables aren’t the first thing people think of when it comes to eating at a soccer game, Chef Dinari Brown of Centerplate is developing some Faithful Farm dishes that should grab attention, including truffle summer squash and dungeness crab risotto, ratatouille nicoise
and heirloom tomato and fried eggplant Napoleon.

You can bet they won’t believe they’re serving dishes like this in Pittsburgh.

MUSICAL BENEFITS: The parents of San Jose’s new stone village Steam School put together a benefit concert on September 18 in hopes of raising $ 25,000 for the purchase of instruments for music lessons at the K-8 school.

Steindorf Rocks! takes place from 12pm to 3pm behind the new campus on Ross and Foxworthy Avenue in San Jose. So far the effort has been supported by the San Jose City Council office, Don Rocha, along with Xilinx and KBAY.

“Several very talented musicians joined in this effort because we know firsthand how music has changed our lives and improved our education,” he says Suzanne St. John-Crane, a parent in Steindorf and lead singer of the Pearl Alley Band.

Other musicians who bestow their talents are those Mary Ellen Duel & S.had Siacoto’s duo, Leo Rosales from the Latin rock band MALO, Greg Kihn Band bassist Robert Berry, Houserockers front man Paul Kent, Pearl Alley guitarist David Crane and keyboard player Pamela Arthur. St. John-Crane will also perform together with the music teacher from Steindorf Tiffany Berry.

There are 25 tickets at the gate or at steindorf.3dcartstores.com.

RUNNING FOR LAURIE: Last year at this time Laurie and Ralph De SimoneThe first Teal Run for ovarian cancer took place at the Teal Foundation. The couple started the foundation after Laurie was diagnosed with the disease and passed away on November 1, just weeks after that inaugural run.

Their legacy lives on at the Teal Run, however, and the second annual event is scheduled for September 24th at 9 a.m. at Campbell Park. The run is just one of many ways people watch Ovarian Cancer Month in September and support women and families struggling with the disease.

If you would like to take part in the run, you can get more information or register at www.thetealrun.org.

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