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Food & Wine

Food Briefs

New grocery joins pack

Another market is throwing its hat in the ring near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real, joining three existing produce-oriented shops – Whole Foods Market, the Milk Pail and Fiesta Food (Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Mercado Marlen are also within a block).

Sunflower Farmers Market, a chain of grocery stories with a focus on natural and organic products, is slated to open in the 23,880-square-foot store previously occupied by Rasputin Music and DB Shoes at 630 San Antonio Road. The West Coast chain markets itself as part of the “value” segment of the organic foods retail industry.

Rasputin Music remains in Mountain View, moving a few blocks south to 1939 El Camino Real, in the shopping center across from Cost Plus World Market.

Tamales for tots

Los Altos’ Whole Foods Market has scheduled a “kid-friendly” introduction to the world of tamales for children 4-13. The class, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, costs $15 and will introduce participants to the tamale concept using familiar flavors. Cheeseburger tamales and chocolate-chip cookie tamales are not typical incarnations of the dish, but intended to lure young cooks into trying personal takes on a traditional food.

Whole Foods Market is located at 4800 El Camino Real.

To enroll, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/2686233597.

Cooking for grownups

Whole Foods Market in Los Altos has scheduled an “International Cuisine Series” for adults this winter. The weekend classes, slated 2-4 p.m., each cost $25 and involve hands-on cooking to create regionally focused menus.

Sunday, a Mexican-themed event focuses on tamales and sauces. Feb. 19, an Italian class will include manicotti, white bean salad, focaccia and cookies. March 17, Japanese dishes will feature okonomiyaki, gyoza, soup tea and cake. The final class April 15 will head to the Mediterranean, with coucous salad, gyros, vegetables, tzatziki sauce and almond torte.

To enroll, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/2686245633.

Milk straight from the source at Hidden Villa

Children 5 and older and their families can partake of an “Afternoon Cow Wow” at Hidden Villa 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Participants can help milk Cleo the cow, learn cow facts, help feed and care for the farm’s dairy queen, and practice proper milking techniques. A paying adult must accompany children under 12.

The event costs $20 per person and advanced registration is required – the milking area accommodates only six participants per session. Hidden Villa’s programs support the non-profit 1,600-acre organic farm and wilderness.

Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, call 949-8650 or visit hiddenvilla.org.

Take cheese from farm to pizza at Hidden Villa

An opportunity to encounter dairy on the farm is scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 5. Children 6-11 can participate in a “Cheese Please Pizza Lunch” and learn how to make mozzarella cheese right on the farm. Participants can search Hidden Villa’s garden for edible flowers and greens, then create their own pita pizzas and freshly picked salad for a healthful lunch to eat together.

This is a kids-only class, and no adults are required to attend. Pre-register online at hiddenvilla.org as space is limited. The event costs $35 per person.

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