Trendy to Exotic, Restaurant Tour Celebrates Local Eateries

(Cindy Powell, Photographer)
Mayor Inga Miller enjoys some of the chicken tikka masala from Orinda’s newest restaurant, Saffron, during the restaurant tour.

    Beef bulgogi from Reem’s Steaks, wines from the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association, chicken tikka masala from Saffron Indian Restaurant & Bar, crab cakes from Shelby’s, Piccolo Napoli’s famous meatballs and much more greeted attendees at this year’s Restaurant Tour.
    In addition to most of the restaurants in Theatre Square offering a plethora of small plate items, Casa Orinda, La Piazza and Loard’s Ice Cream also contributed gastronomical delights.
    Held on May 7 at Theatre Square, the Chamber of Commerce sponsored-event celebrated the food available in Orinda. “We are so grateful to our wonderful restaurants and to the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association for their participation,” says Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Powell. “I’d also like to thank Republic Services for donating recycling and garbage services and helping to underwrite the wine.”
    This year, the event included the transformation of Vashell Way (between La Piazza and Coldwell Banker) into a music venue featuring the Orinda Idol singers and the Latin beat of musicians from the SunJams Foundation.
    “The music just flowed out of Vashell Way and into Theatre Square creating a wonderful ambiance for the event,” says Powell, who adds the lighting created by City of Orinda’s Adam Foster was charming.

(Cindy Powell, Photographer)
Local residents enjoy sampling the offerings of a variety of Orinda restaurants while listening to the Orinda Idol singers and the SunJams.

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