Rolling into town: The burrito that put UC Santa Barbara on the foodie map -- or was it the other way around? -- is finally opening in the South Bay. On Tuesday, Freebirds' newest location, at 1205 The Alameda in San Jose, will start rolling its logs o' carnitas, grass-fed steak or hormone-free chicken with add-on choices like habanero sauce or roasted peppers and onions. But if you can't wait until then, you'll have opportunities this weekend to sample the food while supporting good causes. Freebirds will partner with Humane Society Silicon Valley on Saturday and with Loaves & Fishes on Sunday; on each day, the first 250 diners at each time slot (11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 5-7 p.m.) will enjoy food and beverages for a minimum $5 charitable donation.
Coming next: A Freebirds for Palo Alto this December (at 2305 El Camino Real) and for Cupertino next February (20688 Stevens Creek Blvd. in the Cupertino Crossroads Shopping Center). Details: http://freebirds.com.
From Hollister to Hollywood: The glitterati who attended the Emmy Awards Governors Ball on Sunday got a chance to sample chocolates from Marich Confectionery in Hollister at 32-foot-long chocolate tasting stations and in gift bags. The second-generation candymaker showcased its chocolate toffee almonds, chocolate cherries and dark chocolate sea salt caramels, among others. We mere mortals have to purchase from
At the farm: The fourth annual Fall Harvest Feast, a fundraiser for Full Circle Farm of Sunnyvale, will feature local chefs from Birk's, Chez Drea, Country Gourmet, Menu India and Park Place, plus sweet stuff from Nothing Bundt cakes and Rumba Desserts and moonlit farm tours after dinner. Tickets, $95, benefit the nonprofit farm's education and outreach programs. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 1055 Dunford Way. Advance tickets: www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org.
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