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JUNE 2017

"A Hospitality Networking Organization"


September 14, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Vendor List for 2017

Dining with Bella! Adega – a Portuguese word meaning Wine cellar.

In San Jose’s east side, there is a Portuguese restaurant that was awarded a Michelin Star. It’s the first star ever for a west coast Portuguese restaurant and only the second time a Portuguese restaurant has gotten the honor. We set our sights on getting a table and discovering why. Since our party was large, it took almost a month to get on the list and because we were a large group we were put in a private room and were told that we would have to choose between two tasting menus. The first available time for this room, since it is the front of the restaurant is 7:30. The reason for this is because the exterior wall is glass, and the room is very warm until the sun goes down as we were told when making the reservation. The restaurant itself is clean lines and very inviting, though small. There is valet parking available and the staff was welcoming and attentive.

If you wish to participate as a vendor please call: Chris Citti at (408.371.7000)

Balloonatics Cinnabar Bar Hills Golf Club Citti’s Florist ComedySportz Inc Dry Creek Grill Four Season Palo Alto Guglielmo Winery Hotel De Anza Hotel Valencia Kettle Corn La Pastaia Magnolia Jazz Band Prime Restaurant San Jose AV San Jose Marriott Sedona Pies Silicon Valley Business Journal Silicon Valley Concierge Association Team San Jose The Plaza Suites Tony’s Caterer Winchester Mystery House Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery

There are certain foods I’m not thrilled with and luckily, this restaurant will substitute other dishes if you make the request. The stand out for me on this occasion was the Arroz de Pato Seared duck breast over Chourico shredded duck rice with demiglace. It was absolutely delicious. For the other guest’s in our party, the stand out was the Polvo A Legareiro, oven roasted Octopus with potatoes sautéed in garlic, spinach and olive oil. Another favorite was the Pasteis de Bacalhau, light and fluffy codfish cakes on a spring mix salad. Each of the two tasting menus contains five courses, so if you decide on it, prepare yourself for a full evening, it takes some time to go through all of them. However, you will enjoy yourself immensely. My group really enjoyed the bread at the start of the meal, with the exception of one small, sweet roll, that was a little overdone on the bottom. Probably an anomaly and it didn’t deter me from tearing that bottom off and eating the rest. They have an extensive Portuguese wine selection (they do not have a full bar, however) and the pairings are noted on the menu. We brought our own selection of wines. Corkage is 25.00. Since there were seven of us that evening and only one server, we did a lot of our own pouring, which wasn’t a big deal for us, but if you are the type that wants the level of service where your glass never gets empty, just be aware. We had a great time and may go again, but with a smaller group so we’ll be able to order from the main menu.

Chao, Bella


There is plenty going on in June, and we are sharing some of our top picks. For a complete calendar, see our June issue (insert link) or, for a full guide to the area, visit

BEETHOVEN BROUGHT TO LIFE Ludwig van Beethoven is brought to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side in TheatreWorks’ production of Hershey Felder, Beethoven (June 7-July 9). Felder commands the profound musical understanding to embody this legend, offering an enthralling performance that can satisfy musical experts, as well as captivate audience members with little background in classical music. []

STREET MEETS GEEK Now in its tenth year, the SubZero Festival (June 2-3) is a uniquely Silicon Valley take on arts and culture that celebrates the intersection where street meets geek. Wander the streets and galleries of San Jose’s SoFA (South of First) District while exploring the new and the strange, the compelling and the curious. []

FAIR IT UP! For over 80 years the San Mateo County Fair (June 1018) has been a summertime staple, offering perennial favorites for the young and young at heart to enjoy— carnival rides and games, live music performances, contests, and of course, fair food. []

JAZZ IT UP The Stanford Jazz Festival (June 23-Aug 5) attracts over 15,000 music fans every summer with a lineup of stellar performances that represent the rich history of jazz, as well as the diversity and creative fertility of the contemporary jazz scene. June performances include: pianist Hiromi in a special duet with jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda (6/24); world music pioneer George Brooks and Indian vocalist Mahesh Kale (6/25); a piano duo by Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski (7/5); and saxophone master Ravi Coltrane (8/2). See website for complete schedule. []



The 5 Best Cheese and Charcuterie Plates in the South Bay By Raechel Price Posted on May 31, 2017 Cheese and charcuterie plates are common fare in wine bars, perfect little spreads of cured meats and cheeses paired with fruit, nuts, and bread to accompany whatever wine you’re drinking. I wish eating this way wasn’t so expensive because I want to do it all the damn time. It’s the perfect thing on those long summer evenings when you don’t want to commit to a whole meal but still want something to nibble on while sipping a glass or two of vino. While there’s a healthy selection of them in the South Bay, not all wine bars are made equally. Some have an excellent selection of bottles and a great vibe but are beloved for other food items on their menus. Other tasting bars are light on food in general. These are our favorite wine bars in the South Bay serving cheese and charcuterie plates. 20TWENTY CHEESE BAR (WILLOW GLEN) 20twenty is a great spot in downtown Willow Glen, serving cheese and small plates alongside its impressive selection of beer and wine. 20twenty rotates its menu constantly, keeping 20 beers and 20 wines on tap, as well as a lengthy list of bottles. The chef will craft a three or six-course plate for you — his choice — or you can order a la carte to select pairings more suited to your drink.

Located in downtown’s San Pedro Square, Vino Vino prides itself on being a wine bar “without the attitude.” I have no clue what that’s supposed to mean, but if it means a chill place to drink wine, they nailed it. Separated from the rest of the cafeteria style square, Vino Vino’s intimate outdoor patio is a great first date spot. Its selection of wines and small plates are perfect for sharing over that first long, get-to-know-you conversation.

SAVVY CELLAR (MOUNTAIN VIEW) This charming little bar near the Caltrain station in Mountain View does more than just serve great wine and delicious cheese. Savvy Cellar is doing its part to educate the masses about wine, offering monthly classes designed to teach you how to taste wine, expand your palette, and engage you in a discussion about wine. It also hosts trivia nights and special sales on bottles, so be sure to check out the calendar before you go.

TESSORA’S BARRA DI VINO (CAMPBELL) Tessora’s isn’t alone in Campbell’s wine bar scene, but it is one of the best. With weekly happy hour specials, live music on the weekends, and brunch on Sundays, Tessora’s does a little of everything to suit everyone in Campbell’s sleepy suburban community. In addition to artisan cheese and charcuterie plates, Tessora’s also serves delicious baked brie.

ROOTSTOCK (LOS GATOS) Rootstock almost didn’t make this list, for it is one of the aforementioned places prized for something other than their cheese and charcuterie plate. Rootstock has delicious flatbreads, which you should try if you’re still feeling peckish after nibbling on cheese. Rootstock’s cheese menu is small but impressive, featuring cheeses from Californian creameries like Cypress Grove Creamery, who make an amazing Humboldt Fog, a soft-ripened goat

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Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Event Update | JUNE – JULY 2017 Ticket Office: 650-903-6000 | Contact: Shonda Ranson 650-903-6551 | TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Hershey Felder, BEETHOVEN By Hershey Felder Directed by Joel Zwick June 7 - July 9 June 7, 8 & 9 previews at 8 pm Following his triumph as Irving Berlin, the brilliant Hershey Felder now brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who, as a boy, was by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer’s greatest works from “Moonlight Sonata” to the “9th Symphony” and the “Emperor Concerto,” this intense, illuminating and unforgettable journey through time will immerse you in the astounding life of the Maestro and his genius that transcended it all. MainStage | $45-$105 Adults depending on date and time of performance Discounts available for seniors, students, educators and children TheatreWorks' ticket prices are subject to change and include a $3 Facility Use Fee Tickets & Information: 650-903-6000 or A Theatre Near U INC Like, Like, Like? June 16 – July 1 The ground-breaking, critically acclaimed A Theatre Near U returns with their latest world premiere of madness and mayhem: the screwball farce Like, Like Like? This hilarious romp, filled with mistaken identities, lying liars and clean-cut anarchists, follows the rigging of a Homecoming Queen election. See it! Laugh! SecondStage | $31 Opening Night Performance and Reception June 16th (no discounts apply); $22 adults; $20 educators $17 seniors/children (12 and under) Group discounts available Tickets & Information: 650-903-6000 or Peninsula Youth Theatre and the City of Mountain View Children’s Theatre in the Park June 23 - August 11 Fridays at 6:30 pm Join the young performers of Peninsula Youth Theatre for a free, outdoor show! This Mountain View summer tradition, sponsored by the City of Mountain View Recreation Division, is the perfect end to your family’s work week. June 23: Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel make their way through the spooky forest, find a candy cottage and take on a witch! June 30: Leilani: A Hawaiian Fairy Tale Island adventures abound in this funny and charming twist on the classic Cinderella story July 7: Charlotte’s Web One small spider saves a “terrific” pig named Wilbur in this charming play based on E.B White’s classic book. July 14: Witches, Britches, Rings and Things A group of quirky witches celebrate their retirement by reminiscing about their many famous adventures. July 21: On the Tip of My Tongue A hysterical mystery adventure featuring characters from some of your favorite books: Dorothy, Snow White, and even Cruella De Vil! July 28: Pinocchio A little wooden boy is brought to life and goes on a perilous quest to become a real boy. Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm Saturday, July 29 at 2 & 7:30 pm Sunday, July 30 at 1 pm Marketing Outreach Coordinator Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

The 30th annual ComedySportz World Championship will be held June 28 through July 1 in the beautiful Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio in the heart of downtown San Jose. Nearly two dozen teams from around the United States (and one from England) will compete over the four day event for pride and prizes with improvisational comedy, games and songs based on suggestions from the audience. ComedySportz isn’t a comedy about sports, its comedy played AS a sport. It’s a competition between teams competing for laughs and for points by making up scenes based on audience suggestions. There are penalties, there are fouls, there’s a uniformed referee. Think TV’s hit show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway" combined with the National Football League’s playoffs. This is serious funny business, and it is familyfriendly with penalties for foul language…or boring comedy. Tickets for single games are $10 to $20 at 408.924.8501 or online at Best Deal: AllAccess Pass available for $75. (All four days; all events)

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For FREE tickets to the SVCA Members: MEMBER PLUS 1 GUEST DO NOT PASS ON OFFER 2017 ComedySportz World Championship ( Wed June 28 & Thursday, June 29th) We are giving away one pair of tickets to the first 50 SVCA Members. Directions : Email requests for each performance of the preliminary matches to Jeff Kramer at: Information NEEDED: Name, email address, Business, which performance (* Wed June 28 for Opening Ceremonies & First Match at 7:30pm or.* Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm show for Championship Matches First-come-first-served Tickets will be held at Will Call under the members name at the Hammer Theatre Center.

We DO want our membership to create a buzz by getting the word out to everyone they talk to or newsletters and collateral materials they generate. In the 30 years this competition has been held, this is only the second time that San Jose has hosted the event. By the way, it looks like the Wednesday night match will feature our San Jose Team against one of the other cities…so that’s an added bonus. CHEER ON THE LOCAL TEAM! The theater is: Hammer Theatre Center at 101 Paseo de San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets at San Carlos Streets in downtown San Jose. The city parking garage there is right next door and only $5 after 6pm. WHEN: Wednesday, June 28 7:30pm Opening Ceremonies and First Match. Thursday, June 29 Championship Matches at 7:00pm and 9:30pm Friday, June 30 Championship Matches at 7:00pm and 9:30pm Saturday, July 1 Semi-Final Matches at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH at 9:30pm followed by Awards Ceremony with presentation of the "Meaningless Cup" and Closing Party that will go until the “wee hours of the morning."

Meet the NEW Executive Chef

Chef Ocean Orssten at Hotel Valencia Santana Row Executive Chef Ocean Orssten serves delightful, daring food at Hotel Valencia Santana Row’s multiple eateries including Cielo Rooftop Wine Bar, The Terrace, Vbar and Oveja Negra restaurant. He began as the Chef de Cuisine in 2011 and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2016.

SAVE THE DATE June 14th, 2017 Will be hosting the SVCA

At Hotel Valencia, Chef Ocean creates a farm-to-table menu that is both local and sustainable, offering food that is approachable, satisfying, fun and intelligent; he likes to call this “modern global cuisine.” He sources seafood certified as responsibly caught by the Monterey Seafood Watch Program and buys ingredients from local farms that guarantee environmentally-conscious practices. Ocean is a believer that food should make the soul happy, as happy people cook truly memorable and delicious dishes. Chef Ocean grew up 45 minutes north of Napa Valley on five acres in Lake County where at a young age he developed a deep respect for agriculture. At the age of 12, Ocean tried his hand at raising young Duroc, Hampshire and Berkshire pigs for auction through FFA (Future Farmers of America); he also enjoyed unlimited bacon and pork chops at home. At 15 years old, Ocean obtained his first job in a commercial kitchen as a dishwasher in hopes he would be able to prove to his Chef-Owner that he was worthy enough to work the hot line; this indeed came to fruition after only a week. It was at this 30seat restaurant that Ocean decided to devote his life to the culinary arts; all he wanted to do was cook food that people would enjoy. In 2007, Ocean graduated from CCA (California Culinary Academy) in San Francisco.

 On The Terrace  Oveja Negra  Tour of Updated Rooms  Meet the new Chef Chef Ocean Orssten Look for SVCA invitation

After graduation, Chef Ocean went on to work at some of the Bay Area’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels which included Michael Mina Arcadia, Carnelian Room in San Francisco, La Folie of San Francisco and the Taj Campton Place SF, in which he was a part of a team that earned a Michelin star. Chef Ocean Orssten joined the Valencia Group in 2011.


How to Turn Down an Invitation to a Business Event Without Being Rude I don’t know about you, but if I were to accept every invitation…I say this with humility. I am grateful when I receive an invitation, but realistically, it would be impossible to accept them all. So, how do you turn down an invitation without being rude or black-listed? Here are 4 ways: 1. Don’t make excuses. If the host is pushy, he/she will poke and poke until they find a loophole. Besides, no reasons are required, especially in a business situation. However, if it eases the blow, you can consider saying something like, “Thanks, but I have a prior commitment.” Simple and clear.


Premiering May 25, 2017 The first all-new tour to be offered at Winchester Mystery House in more than 20 years, this exciting new experience takes guests to areas of the house never-before open to the public or which have been off limits for decades. Available only for a limited time, this all-new tour is presented in combination with the Mansion Tour which first provides a historical overview to Sarah Winchester and her incredible house.

2. Don’t feel pressured to respond immediately. Even when they ask you to pull out your calendar right there and then. Smile and say, “There are a couple of things that I must consider, I’ll get back to you by (insert date.)” 3. If you prefer the straightforward, yet courteous approach; “No, I can’t make it. Thank you for thinking of me.” 4. When you don’t want to ever receive another invitation from this person/organization, you can say something like, “Thank you, but this event is not a good fit for me. I wish you continued success.” If you find that saying “No” is awkward or painful, practice saying “No” in the mirror. Stand up straight, smile, and in a calm and courteous tone, say “No.” You must own your “No” or else a pushy host will have you saying “Yes, can I help set up?” before you know it. Always RSVP! It takes only moments to click “yes” or “no.” Leaving people waiting shows lack of respect, and does nothing for your professional reputation. And finally, always end with a cordial, “Thank you.” Rosalinda Randall is modern-day business etiquette and civility expert, helping businesses and individuals find success through better communication and social skills. She focuses on communicating and interacting more effectively and with a lot less drama. Website: Twitter: @rosalindatweets Phone: 650.871.6200 © 2017 Rosalinda Oropeza Randall


Following the Mansion Tour and a brief break, guests embark on the Explore More Tour where they will venture from the very bottom of the grand manor to the rooftops, in-between visiting lonely corridors, dark hideaways and foreboding attic spaces. This home has the reputation for being haunted. Any spirits that may haunt the mansion no doubt favor the quiet, dim, rooms and areas you will visit on this tour, most of which have been undisturbed for more than a century. If you’re sensitive to the paranormal, the destinations on this tour should be to your liking. On the tour you will gradually make your way deeper and deeper into the mansion’s unfinished, unexplained and, some would say, unsettling spaces. For safety concerns children 10 and under are not allowed on the Explore More Tour. Tour Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes Prices range from $20.00 to $47.00







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VALLEY ACCESS ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE - CONTRIBUTORS Executive Board Members Mori Mandis, President Christopher Citti, V.P. Communication/Events Chair Robbie Schlosser, Director of Administration Marianna Khienkina, Director of Finance Michael Mulhern, Director of Sponsorship

Members of the Board Robert Robledo, Liaison SV Business Journal Nathan Emmett, Attractions Chair Lillian Scoyen, Educational/Seminar Chair Victor Solanoy, Technology Chair Phillip Jaw, Hotel Liaison Karen Hennessy, Welcome Committee Carla Bohnett SVCA Photographer Jana Levic Fall Festival 2017-Events jana@balloonaticsevents Marketing Outreach Coordinator

Advisors to the Board John Blem Anna Morris Armando Garza Shawna Dedrick Shozo Kagoshima June Suzuki Kereli Sengstack Randy Zechman

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CONTRIBUTORS TO VALLEY ACCESS E-MAGAZINE Dining with Bella Karen Gastaldo, Calendar Editor Discover Silicon Valley Magazine Stacee Novelli, Santana Row Concierge Rosalinda Randall Mountain View Center of Performing Arts SVCA Web-site Valley Access E-Magazine (VAM) DEADLINE TO SUMBIT ARTICLES FOR E-MAGAZINE, IS THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH NOTE: ARTICLES AND SPECIAL DATES APPEARING IN THE VAM ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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