Looks like Silicon Valley may be getting a new destination restaurant with Katsu Los Gatos, which has its grand opening this week.
Chef Katsuhiko Hanamure is the man behind the globally inspired Japanese menu, and his recent stops have included Matsuhisa Athens, Nobu Los Angeles and Nobu at Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. For diners used to the old world look of Valeriano's Ristorante, which used to occupy the former bank at 160 W. Main St., Katsu Los Gatos' Asian-inspired, techie decor will be a visual shock.
The menu looks like it leans pretty modern, too. A signature dish is the Lobster with Caviar staircase, featuring a flight of caviar that descends along bamboo "stairs." And with the Omakase menu, diners trust Chef Katsu to create individual dishes specifically for them.
A portion of the proceeds from the grand-opening event Friday are being donated to the New York Mayor's Fund and earmarked for the New York Food Truck Association, which has been helping to keep residents affected by Hurricane Sandy fed. For more information, go to www.katsulosgatos.com.
GIVING THANKS: InnVision Shelter Network has been grateful for some community support lately. Employees from Sharks Sports and Entertainment -- who've had some time on their hands because of the NHL lockout -- volunteered some time recently to paint and fix up the Montgomery Street Inn and Julian Street Inn in San Jose.
The sophomore class from Menlo School, along with chaperones and teachers, recently celebrated a Day of Harvest at the Georgia Travis Center, preparing and serving food to 150 people, entertaining families with songs and dances and helping to sort donations.
And Dana Johns, who is the manager of Rock Bottom Brewery at the Pruneyard in Campbell, will be delivering Thanksgiving meals for 400 people to the shelter.
VEGAS, BABY: It's safe to say that Archbishop Mitty had a winner Saturday night with its Vegas-themed Black and Gold Gala, which packed the big Imperial Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel.
There were Elvis and Rat Pack impersonators (courtesy of Mitty's Pardon My French improv team), and the student performers put on a Vegas-style show with songs from Vegas usuals including Celine Dion and Elton John. To top it off, comedian Sinbad returned after headlining the show in 2005 and didn't disappoint his second time around.
Proceeds from the event -- which was headed by parent and board of regents member Gwen Dorcich -- supported Mitty's General Endowment Fund, which provides financial aid to students.