TheLos Gatos Farmers’ Market is a community treasure and gathering point for the townsfolk. Every Sunday, Los Gatans gather downtown at the Town Plaza Park area for a little shopping, casual munching and entertainment. The outdoors market iss full of organic produce, plants and cut flowers, ready made food, include delicious crepes, and often music or other entertainment. While many Santa Clara County Farmers’ Markets are seasonal or subject to weather conditions, this one is open year round, every Sunday, from 8am to 1pm (though some booths begin to break down around 12:30 or so).
The Los Gatos Farmers’ Market is located in Downtown Los Gatos at the Town Park Plaza on Main Street & N. Santa Cruz Avenue (Montabello Way & Broadway). Pets are not allowed in the market, which wraps around the park on the paved roadway, but may be in the park itself.
Over the years, I’ve taken a number of photos of this local gathering spot. Some are current images and others are 5-10 years old.
The Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos will be hosting the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival on June 10th, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This year is a beach theme, so bring along a beach blanket or lawn chair (the Eventbrite ticket site also encourages people to come in beach wear). In addition to a great musical lineup, there will also be food & activities for all.
Buy your tickets early – they are more affordable if purchased in advance prior to 5 pm June 8th. They’ll be more expensive at the door. Early tickets are $5 to $15, and kids under 12 are admitted at no cost.
While doing a little research on an eatery recently, I stumbled upon the World Tomato Society. Turns out it is located right here in Los Gatos. The tagline is “Celebrating and exploring the world’s most popular fruit”. Just below it is their statement of purpose: Nourishing our planet through education, inspiration, and contribution for the betterment of humanity through all things tomato.
The website offers tips and information on tomato gardening, recipes for cooking and eating tomatoes, and education on nearly 6,000 tomato varieties.
Articles and social media accounts haven’t been updated in 2016 but the info there is quite good if you are interested at all in tomatoes, so I’d encourage anyone to check it out.
The World Tomato Society
720 University Avenue, Suite 100
Los Gatos, California 95032 USA
Looking for a quick, tasty and affordable lunch in Los Gatos? Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant, located within the King’s Court Shopping Center (Blossom Hill Road and Los Gatos Blvd.), fills the bill perfectly. The lunchtime menu offers a very good value – lots of food for a fair price. Stop in at dinner (or get take out in the evening) and the same items are considerably more pricey.
Food is ordered and paid for upfront at the counter but when your meal is ready they don’t hollar your name or number – instead, an employee brings your food to you. It is packaged as if “to go”, so if you end up with more than you can eat, it’s easy enough to bring the leftovers home.
Seating is both indoors and out. The restaurant enjoys loads of windows, so even on a rainy or cold day this is a cheerful place to be.
What’s best to eat there? It depends on your preferences. I love their General Chicken, Kung Pao and soup in particular. Go with a friend and order different foods – see what you think!
Shangri-La does not appear to have a website of its own (if they have one, I couldn’t find it).
798 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos CA 95032 408 358-5020
The Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival is a new and free daylong musical event making its debut this Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at the Jewish Community Center on Oka Road in Los Gatos. All are welcome and there will be a variety of music, food, and fun for people of all ages (including a KidZone). Parking is free too.
Yesterday my daughter and I were running a few errands in downtown Los Gatos & popped into Southern Kitchen for a late lunch at around 1:30pm. I believe this was my first visit to this eatery, but it sure was memorable!
The air conditioner was at full blast and ceiling fans running but the lunch crowd was mostly gone, making the place a little too cool, so Clair opted for a hot cocoa to warm up while we perused the menu. To her surprise and mine, the hot chocolate included an absolute mountain of whipped cream, and it required either a spoon or a straw to reach the actual beverage!
Slogging through the menu, which consisted of two-thirds breakfast offerings, we noticed the country music, plantation shutters and menu items all reinforced the “southern” character of the place. The kitchen is open to the dining area and a large white board contained the daily specials with lots of variety.
Clair’s drink was filling enough that she didn’t want much lunch after it, so settled on an all-seed bagel & cream cheese. I was looking for lighter fare, and ordered a Diet Coke and a Greek Salad.
Our table server was exceedingly gracious and our food was brought very quickly. The bagel came with a giant mound of cream cheese and the Greek Salad was so enormous that it could have been a meal for two. (I took half of it home with me.) The presentation was beautiful too and I again felt a little compelled to take a photo of it.
The atmosphere or ambiance is, low-key, inauspicious, friendly and open. There are some booths or booth-backs and tables & chairs fill the middle. The walls are brick and sport various prints or paintings and a large framed mirror.
Since we were there at an off time, parking was easy – but we left when Los Gatos High School was getting out, so there was a wall of traffic coming down Main Street at that hour. Luckily, the drivers were nice and let me out easily!
I will definitely return, next time to try out the very extensive breakfast menu. And I’ll make sure I’m hungry!
27 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(Southern Kitchen is located near I Gatti, across from The Purple Onion and close to the Penthouse Apartments – nearest cross street is College Avenue).
Whether you live in Los Gatos or anywhere in Silicon Valley, you’ll want to visit the downtown area of Los Gatos next week (April 26-May 1 2010) as there will be multiple events happening along the theme of fashion, food and wine. To learn more, check the pages for the “Los Gatos Week of Wine, Food and Fashion“. There are great descriptions online of vendors, restaurants and shops involved, so have a look!