Eleven College Avenue closes operations in Los Gatos

Looks like Eleven College Avenue has decided to call it quits. Los Gatos Restaurant will become Dar Restaurant and Bar, owned by brothers Milad Shaqir and chef Esam Shaqir, who also own Saratoga’s popular Tamra Mediterranean Grill. Scheduled to open in early March, Dar will offer primarily plant-based Mediterranean cuisine, inspired by Italy and Morocco.

Tasting House Los Gatos has added a Reuben to its Champagne Bar menu, accompanied by a Croque Madame and a smashburger. Chef Julian Silvera grew up in Manhattan, so he’s no stranger to one of New York’s favorite sandwiches, for which he cures pastrami for seven days, smoking it with Wylie Dufresne pastrami spices, followed by sous vide for 48 hours . Topped with sauerkraut, taleggio cheese and presented on locally baked stone bread with a special sauce, this Reuben pairs well with Paul Bara rosé champagne.

Ritual At Manresa was scheduled to host a nine-course culinary experience on March 10 with 20 of the world’s best chefs, including Dominique Crenn and Ricard Camerana, all collaborating in a kitchen built in an archaeological hacienda in Yucatan, Mexico. Michelin-starred chef René Redzepi (Noma) and renowned Mexican chef Roberto Solis were to coordinate efforts at Hacienda San Lorenzo Aké in Mérida. Dining under the ancient Aké Pyramids in ancient Mayan ruins sounds beyond stellar.

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