Every week for the past 27 years chef Gary Alinder has prepared a delicious gourmet vegetarian dinner for the community in Palo Alto, California. Associated with the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, the dinner is $15 and includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and a beverage such as tea.
What’s lovely about this is that anyone from anywhere is invited. You can be local or simply visiting the Bay Area from anywhere in the world and stop in for the best vegetarian/vegan food around. Eat dining room style or pick up a dinner to go.
Plus, the people serving the guests and attending the dinner itself are some of the most welcoming and pleasant you’ll find anywhere. I know about their congenial spirit because this past week I attended for the first time and met many warmhearted people.
Occasionally, the dinners are followed by a natural health lecture and I had the honor of being Monday night’s speaker. I’d been asked to give an after-dinner lecture on a topic related to my book, The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer so I discussed my “Top 10 Holistic Ways to Reduce Our Risk of Cancer.”
If you’re anywhere in the Bay Area, or planning a visit or business trip to San Francisco or Silicon Valley, I encourage you to schedule your Monday night to have dinner in Palo Alto ~ a dinner lovingly prepared by people who have consistently offered healthful vegetarian meals for almost 3 decades. They’re located near Stanford University at 305 North California Avenue. (It’s held in the 1st Baptist Church community room, but don’t let that deter you. It’s a gorgeous neighborhood and easy to access.) They do request that you let them know you’ll be coming, either to join in the communal dining or to pick up your takeout dinner by calling prior to 9:30am Monday morning: 650-599-3320.
Plus, you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to partake in the delicious meals. All of us can benefit from a plant-based diet, and giving yourself this Monday night meal will go a long way toward creating a healthier you.