If you make restaurant reservations online, you helped this sale happen: Priceline Group just bought OpenTable for $2.6 billion, with a ‘B.’ Is anyone else suffering whiplash from all these billions flying around? Chuck Templeton founded OpenTable in 1998 in San Francisco to help locals make restaurant reservations online. It now includes more than 30,000 restaurants worldwide.
It used to be that “real money” was in the thousands, then hundreds of thousands, then millions, and now billions are casually passed around like nickels. Do they mean anything to anyone? What to the do with it? What does it look like? Certainly no one ever sees that in cash.
Holy donut holes! Dunkin’ Donuts seems to be fighting off Tim Horton’s move into the northeast by planning to jump west and open “1,000 units” in California, with the first “unit” invading Santa Monica.
Jumping to the assumption that “unit” in this case means store, it turns out the deep fried carb vendor also intends to open restaurants that offer non-breakfast savory sandwich options. CEO Nigel Travis protested, “We’re not moving into lunch. We’re in snacking. We never talk about lunch.”
Apparently Dunkin’ does most of its business before 11 a.m., and the snack sandwiches of fried chicken, tuna salad and grilled cheese on “Texas toast” (400 to 600 calories) are intended to draw customers in during the afternoon and are designed to “eat on the go.” Dunkin’ Donuts is based in Canton, Massachusetts.
Sweetwater Spectrum Farm Stand opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, for the first of farm manager Rachel Kohn Obut’s Saturday sales. Expect squash, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, garlic basil, parsley, radicchio and potted herbs and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 730 W. Spain St., Sonoma. 494-9210.
Many of us are trying to grow vegetables for lots of reasons this summer, and almost all of us are hoping to succeed with very little water.
The expense of vegetables transported over long distances, or even of local farmers’ market vegetables, motivates some of us to grow our own. Or maybe nurturing our own food to nurture others and ourselves is just fun therapy.
Whatever it is, Master Gardener Stephen Albert will give a talk at the fabulous Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Saturday, June 21, to show attendees “how to have a rich garden through the seasons.”
Albert has been a Master Gardener for 12 years, taught landscape gardening via UC Berkeley Extension for 20 years, and wrote the book, “The Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide.” Check him out at harvesttotable.com. Free. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 12841 Highway 12, Glen Ellen. Space is limited. Reserve your seat at 996-3166.
Aventine Glen Ellen is scheduled to “soft open for the public” on Tuesday, June 24, at Jack London Village’s old Grist Mill location.
To restaurateurs, “soft opening” means that they are trying things out and ask the public to be flexible and non-judgmental in case anything isn’t up to expectations. It tells us to try it but be patient and allow any new restaurant to correct “kinks.” Any activity there sooner is strictly for family and friends, pending last minute approvals.