Inaugural Food Truck Festival to Debut in Downtown San Jose

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sj-eats.jpgIf you’re a fan of one of the latest crazes to sweep the nation, gourmet food trucks, mark Saturday, April 2 on your calendar. Downtown San Jose is finally getting its own food truck festival! SJ Eats: A Moveable Feast will feature about 20 food trucks serving lunch and dinner in downtown San Jose at the Fallon House on the corner of N. Almaden Avenue and W. St. John Street. Local favorites like MoGo BBQ and The WoW Truck will be joined by some of San Francisco’s most popular trucks including Chairman Bao (Chinese pork buns), Sam’s Chowdermobile (enough said), and Hapa SF (modern organic Filipino food). Other trucks joining SJ Eats are Treatbot (ice cream and karaoke!), Kara’s Cupcakes, Bill’s Beer Steamed Hot Dogs, Roli Roti (rotisserie), Curry Up Now (Indian street food), Little Green Cyclo (Vietnamese street food), Louisiana Territory (Cajun), MoBowl (Chinese rice bowls), Babaloo (organic Cuban), and TacGos just to name a few. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, and dinner served from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

In conjuction with SJ Eats, SJMade is having another vendor faire in downtown San Jose also on April 2. SJMade will pop up on San Pedro Square in the spaces formerly occupied by Spiedo Restaurant (corner of Santa Clara and San Pedro Stgreets) and the Tied House (San Pedro Street). SJMade will feature local San Jose vendors hawking everything from apparel to handmade pottery, camera accessories, jewelry, hair accessories, food products, and much more. Hours are 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring plenty of cash. Some vendors are equipped to accept credit cards, but not all are.

So on Saturday, April 2, downtown San Jose will be the place to be. Come support local vendors at SJMade and enjoy some of the best street food around at SJ Eats. And while you’re in the area, check out the progress of the San Pedro Square Market – downtown San Jose’s next must-see destination opening this summer. My mouth is watering just writing this blog! Can’t wait for short rib sliders, maybe a lobster roll and a shrimp po’ boy, and of course some ice cream while belting out Wonderwall!

SJ Eats
Saturday, April 2, 11:30am – 3:30pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Fallon House – corner of N. Almaden Avenue and W. St. John Street in downtown San Jose

SJMade Vendor Faire
Saturday, April 2, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
151 W. Santa Clara Street (formerly Spiedo restaurant), at the corner of San Pedro Street in downtown San Jose
65 N. San Pedro Street (formerly the Tied House restaurant) in downtown San Jose

San Pedro Square Market
Location: corner of N. San Pedro and W. St. John Streets in downtown San Jose
Opening Summer of 2011.

It’s Irish Week in Downtown San Jose

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sj-dublin.jpgEvery March, the city of San Jose welcomes the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, San Jose’s Sister City, and a delegation of city officials and business representatives for Irish Week and the Spirit of Ireland Award. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the San Jose – Dublin Sister City program. The San Jose/Dublin committee was conceived to help develop the high-tech sector in Ireland and the growth of Irish technologists here in Silicon Valley, plus numerous other cultural, educational and business exchanges that continue to evolve. This year’s Spirit of Ireland Award will be presented to Josh Hartnett, President and Founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, a group which is committed to helping Ireland address the challenges of embracing new technology opportunities. Hartnett is also the Founder of Irish Technology Capital (ITC) and the Irish Innovation Center (IIC). Located in the heart of downtown San José, the IIC is the Silicon Valley launching pad for Irish technology companies providing entrepreneurs access to venture capital firms, customers, suppliers and employees to enable their companies to grow and thrive. The Center provides flexible office space, reception, administrative, legal, financial, human resource, and IT support to resident companies. The Irish Innovation Center is located in San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose.

The Spirit of Ireland award will be presented at the Spirit of Ireland Award dinner this Saturday, March 12, at the Marriott hotel in downtown San Jose. Other highlights of Ireland Week include the Welcome Breakfast on Thursday, March 10, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in downtown San Jose, and the Flag Raising Ceremony also on Thursday morning at San Jose City Hall.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any of the Irish Week events, please visit the San Jose & Dublin City Sister Program website at

Dublin Sister City Welcome Breakfast
Featuring Lord Mayor of Dublin and Delegation
When: Thursday, March 10
Location: Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando Street, Suite 1700, downtown San Jose

Registration and Informal Reception – 7:30 A.M.
Breakfast – 8:00 A.M.
Tickets $33

City Hall Flag Raising Ceremony
Featuring Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose City Councilmembers
When: Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 A.M.
Location: City Hall Plaza
Santa Clara Street at 5th Street, downtown San Jose
Free to the public

2011 San Jose Dublin Sister City Committee Spirit of Ireland Dinner
Honoring John Hartnett, ITLG Founder and President
When: Saturday, March 12
Location: San Jose Marriott Hotel
301 South Market Street, downtown San Jose

No Host Reception – 6:30 P.M.
Dinner – 7:30 P.M.
Black Tie
Tickets - $150

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler in Downtown San Jose

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mardi-gras.jpgTomorrow is Mardi Gras! And as the French saying “laissez les bons temps rouler” goes, “let the good times roll.” Downtown San Jose is your Mardi Gras headquarters. Come out and celebrate. The weather should be clear and not too cold. Here are a few downtown San Jose bars that will be celebrating in style.

“Fat Tuesday” Party at the world famous San Jose Bar and Grill is by far the best place in downtown San Jose to celebrate Fat Tuesday!! There will be Bacardi Rum specials all night long as well as Captain Morgan specials all night long. They will be featuring $6 Hurricanes, $6 Mai Tais, $6 Bacardi drinks, and $6 Captain Morgan drinks! As well as BEADS BEADS AND MORE BEADS.

What better way to party on one of the BIGGEST party days of the year than at the BEST party bar in San Jose!? Tres Gringos will feature $6 Hurricanes, $6 Bacardi drinks, $6 Captain Morgan drinks, and $3 PBR Tall Boys. And TONS of Beads and Giveaways!! Get there early! They will hit capacity by 10pm.

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at Azucar Latin Restaurant and Lounge. Latin video mixing with DJ Che! Wear a mask to get 1/2 off entrance fee until 10:30PM. Happy Hour 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM featuring $1.95 Tapas Menu (seriously, that’s a deal!) and $3.00 Mojitos, Beers & Wells. Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Party Begins at 9:30PM-CLOSE! Smoking hot drinks served by Azucar dolls! Dine, drink, party. Beads, treats, drinks, eats, fun party New Orleans style!

It’s time for Fat Tuesday again!!! Poor House Bistro will have the best Mardi Gras party in all of downtown San Jose! With the Montegos (featuring Bob Welsh, Mike Philips, and Hans Bosse) playing from 6-10 this is an event that can’t be missed! Boiled Crawfish, Hurricanes, and live music - it doesn’t get much better than this folks! Don’t forget to wear your favorite Mardi Gras mask and all your favorite beads! See ya’ there! Let the good times roll!!!

San Jose Bar & Grill
85 South Second Street
Downtown San Jose

Tres Gringos Baja Cantina
83 South Second Street
Downtown San Jose

Azucar Latin Bistro Latin Bistro and Mojito Bar
71 East San Fernando Street
Downtown San Jose

Poor House Bistro
91 South Autumn Street
Downtown San Jose