Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Peet's Coffee Founder Alfred Peet Dies

IN THE NEWS: The Oregonian reports that Alfred Peet, founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea, died Aug. 29 at his Ashland, Ore. home at age 87. Peet opened the original Peet's store on the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley, Calif. in 1966, and eventually added shops in Menlo Park, in Oakland and another in Berkeley across from the Claremont Hotel. Although he retired in 1983, Peet never fully gave up his passion in coffee. He continued to consult with coffee companies and was often known to drop by coffee stores and taste samples of coffee beans with its proprietors, his company said in a statement. oregonlive.com ... The San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop column notes the upcoming opening of: Palo Alto's Calafia Cafe and Market a Go-Go, featuring slow food served fast, from chef Charlie Ayers (the Grateful Dead, Google) early next year in Town & Country Village at El Camino Real and Embarcadero; as well as the November move and expansion of St. Michael's Alley (806 Emerson St., Palo Alto) to a building a block away at 800 Homer. sfgate.com ... The Mercury News' Aleta Watson reviews Marinus at Bernardus Lodge (415 Carmel Valley Road, at Laureles Grade, Carmel Valley, 831-658-3400), while Tracey Kaplan considers Staff of Life Natural Foods Market (1305 Water St., Santa Cruz, 831-423-8632. www.staffoflifemarket.com). mercurynews.com ... MetroActive's Stett Holbrook reviews Quattro Restaurant and Bar (2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto, 650.470.2889). metroactive.com ... FoodNotebook.com notes the opening of Tandoori Oven (365 S. California Ave., Palo Alto) and reviews Gator's Neo-Soul Cafe (129 South B Street, San Mateo, 650.685.8100) and Woodside Bakery and Cafe (3052 Woodside Rd, Woodside, 650.851.0812).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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