MVHS alums launch startup to reduce food waste

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Courtesy of Paran Sonthalia
Mountain View High School graduate Paran Sonthalia, from left, co-founded DeWaste with Daniel Ciao and Pranshu Bansal.

When Paran Sonthalia arrived at UC Berkeley as a freshman in the fall of 2018, one of the first things he noticed was the prevalence of food waste in the dining halls. The Mountain View High School graduate said he was “shocked” to find people throwing away entire plates of food.

Grassroots distribution brings big-city food to Los Altos

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Azalina Eusope’s restaurant dishes translate, with modification, into local curbside food drops.

Los Altos’ latest form of secret dining is welcoming to all comers – a grassroots improvisation of volunteer maitre d’s, with fancy foods in compostably plated takeaway. Many local restaurants have been creating new family meal options and offering takeout on a scale never done before. The occasional big-city offering has started to make its way to Los Altos as well – and that’s bringing flavors and traditions previously impossible to experience in the 94022 sphere of eating.

Alkalign Studios brings workouts to the streets

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An instructor from Alkalign Studios leads an exercise class on the Bumble Green lawn on First Street in downtown Los Altos.

In a sign of a return to normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, exercise classes popped up last week on the Bumble Green lawn on First Street in downtown Los Altos.

Street closure plan concerning for struggling retailers

The impending downtown street closures – a Los Altos City Council decision meant to encourage outdoor dining and shopping – prompted mixed reaction from local retailers.

Service with a smile: Reopening retailers see benefits to slow rollout

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Some Los Altos merchants were more prepared than others to shift to a virtual operation model. Specialty gift store Present, above, sold local goods online before the pandemic hit.

Retail shops deemed “nonessential” in Los Altos were prohibited from operating out of their storefronts for nearly 10 weeks due to the pandemic. When the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department allowed them to reopen Friday (May 22), they did so under several conditions.

But after months of declining sales and shipping frustrations, many merchants are excited to unlock their front doors, prepare their curbside pickup stations and get to work.

New Los Altos business adapts, moves art classes online

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Arezou Bahman’s new Los Altos Wine & Design franchise offers virtual painting classes.

A new Los Altos business is following the trend of moving online during the coronavirus pandemic, providing people a creative outlet during these unprecedented times.

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