President’s Message – June 2019

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Orinda’s Array of Food Shines at Restaurant Tour

    On May 7, my family and I joined more than 150 people for the annual Orinda Restaurant Tour, sponsored by the Orinda Chamber of Commerce. 
    The Theatre District event, which allowed people to visit and enjoy the delicacies of 12 restaurants, started at 51 Moraga Way. While registering, one could savor food from Reem’s Steaks and wines from the Lamorinda Wine Growers. 
    The walking tour was accompanied by the rhythmic sounds of the Latin music trio from SunJams. They played South American and Caribbean music at Vashell Way. Listening to the beat, we enjoyed pork sliders from Casa Orinda and delicious meatballs from La Piazza. 
    Across the street, at Cine Cuvée, we met up with Mayor Inga Miller and Derek Zemrak, proprietor of the restaurant. We enjoyed lobster stuffed endive along with grilled onion bread with olive pistachio tapenade. 
    The great thing about food is that it brings people together. My daughter’s favorite was the Chicken Tikka Masala over rice at the new Indian restaurant, Saffron. It was a wonderful event as we listened to the Lamorinda Idol singers while sampling pizza from Picollo Napoli and delightful crab cakes from Shelby’s.
    We would like to extend our appreciation and congratulations to all the restaurants, both new and established, who participated in the event. It shows both Orinda residents and others from surrounding cities the wondrous choices of food available in our community. There are many places throughout the state that don’t have access to healthy and delicious ingredients. We are lucky in this town to have so many different types of restaurants that provide nutritious and healthy foods, while affordable. 
    If you did not get a chance to participate in the tour, when you think about going out to dine, pick a restaurant in Orinda and enjoy!
    As far as enjoyment and fun, nothing beats Orinda’s Fourth of July Parade and Party at the Park. This year marks the 36th year the parade has been sponsored and organized by The Orinda Association. The parade started in the early 1980s to bring a sense of community and togetherness among residents who were thinking of incorporating Orinda. 
    The parade has grown from year to year and it is the one event with lots of activities for both children and adults. On Independence Day come with your family and celebrate the Best Hometown Parade.
    The parade, organized with the help of volunteers, receives assistance from the city’s police, public works and recreation departments. It takes about 100 volunteers to pull together the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact oa@orindaassociation.org.
    Talking about events that impact the whole community, we now have a venue in one of the most beautiful and idyllic areas of the city. On Sunday, June 2, the city will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication to officially open the new Art and Garden Center at Wilder. An open house is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m., at 20 Orinda Fields Lane.
    This resource, operated by the city, will be available to all residents for meetings, classes, special events and other public uses. For more information, contact the Orinda Parks and Rec Department.  

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