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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Almaden Valley

This Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, 2022, treat your mom or significant other to some celebratory treats in and around Almaden Valley.

The Grille @ Cinnabar HillsMother’s Day Brunch at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Enjoy a sumptuous menu overlooking the pristine rolling greens at The Grille @ Cinnabar Hills, which includes prime ribs, blackened pork loin, smoked salmon eggs benedict and much more. Prices: $68 for adults and $25 for kids. Reservations required. For reservations, visit:


Mother’s Day Royal Tea at the Britannia Arms

In the afternoon, stop over for Mother’s Day Royal Tea at the Britannia Arms on Almaden Expressway from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. They have two special royal menus, the Princess Tea ($35), and the Queen Tea ($45). For reservations, visit:


Mother’s Day Comedy Night at The Branham Lounge

Finally, end a day of treats with the Mother’s Day Comedy Night at The Branham Lounge. Enjoy live comedy by A Faco & Jorge South Bay Bois Production with cocktails and drinks, then stay on to hang out for the DJ music. 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.Entry is free. For more information, visit:

La Foret – End of an era or new beginnings?

La Foret – End of an era or new beginnings?

La ForetIf you want to have another celebration dinner with French cuisine and fine wines in Almaden Valley, make reservations soon. La Foret is slated to close next month, and Almaden will miss its favorite fine dining restaurant.

Nestled amidst lush forest in a historic building in the New Almaden area, this quaint restaurant was touted as a place for special celebrations. La Foret has served up exquisite French delicacies for 38 years. But now owner and chef John Davoudi is retiring. To savor the gourmet flavors of lobster tail, quail or a rack of lamb, French style and crafted by Davoudi, head to La Foret by March 26, 2017. That’s the last planned day of service.

But there’s still hope… the restaurant is up for sale! In an emotional message to his patrons on social media, Davoudi thanks all guests who celebrated their special occasions and created memories there. “We can’t thank you enough for all your kind words about our restaurant. We are looking forward to handing off the torch to the next qualified person to carry on our time-honored tradition of hospitality in New Almaden and commitment to excellence. Therefore, we are currently listing this restaurant and property for sale.”

If you are a restauranteur, this could be a great opportunity. Almaden residents would undoubtedly be greatly appreciative. To find out more, visit

Williams Elementary Auction Dinner – March 3, 2017

Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing and help raise money for Williams Elementary!

Williams Elementary Auction DinnerTickets are on sale now for the Williams Elementary Auction Dinner, a gala event to be held at the Corinthian Grand Ballroom on March 3, 2017 from 6pm to 11pm.

Several popular events will be auctioned off, like Mother-Daughter Tea, Mom’s Night Out, and an exclusive pizza party for kids at the California Pizza Kitchen!

Besides these, the live auction includes Principal for the Day for your child, Santa Cruz and Napa Getaway Weekends, an exclusive Sushi Party, and the opportunity to win your own parking spot at school!

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday Feb. 17. You can purchase tickets at the Williams School Office or online at:

La Foret in New Almaden Offering Special Lunch in December

La Foret Restaurant Almaden ValleyLa Foret Restaurant will be open for lunch throughout the month of December, starting on December 3rd and running through December 21st from 11:30am to 2pm. The following tasting menu will be available:

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2012 New Year’s Eve at La Foret Restaurant in Almaden Valley

logo: La Foret in New AlmadenLa Foret restaurant situated in New Almaden is presenting a special five-course prix fixe menu for its 2012 New Year’s Eve dining experience. You will choose one item from each of the five courses. View the special 2012 New Year’s Eve Menu for more details on the ingredients of each dish. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

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Over the Hill Blues Band Playing at Sonoma Chicken Coop in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

The music is back at Sonoma Chicken Coop in Almaden Valley! Dance to some rockin’ blues on the outdoor patio after a good meal and some great drinks.

Over the Hill Blues Band is a high-energy blues cover band. The band plays traditional to contemporary blues (playlist). These guys keep the crowds moving and shaking with their unique, soulful style.

They cover great traditional artists like Robert Johnson, Jimmy Rogers, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King.

They also cover tunes by classic bands like The Allman Brothers Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Cream and Led Zeppelin, as well as new bands like Trampled Under Foot, The Mannish Boys, and Mississippi Heat.

The performance is at Sonoma Chicken Coop in Almaden Valley on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 6-10pm. Watch a preview of the band on the Over the Hill Blues Band Channel. [EVENT AND LOCATION ARE CLOSED]

If you’d like to book the band for a gig or to play at your private party, please contact Maria at 408-674-2868 or

La Foret in New Almaden Presenting Special Five-Course Prix Fix Menu for Valentine’s Day 2011 – UPDATED 2022

logo: La Foret in New AlmadenLa Foret restaurant situated in New Almaden is presenting a special five-course prix fixe menu for its 2011 Valentine’s Day dining experience. You will choose one item from each of the following five courses: [EVENT IS CLOSED]

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November 2010 Coupons for Almaden Valley Businesses – UPDATED 2022

image: AccessAlmaden CouponsWe just updated the coupons page for the month of November 2010. Save on dining and services at local Almaden Valley businesses. [NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

UNWINED Wine Tour to Napa Valley Wineries – UPDATED 2022

logo: UNWINED[UPDATE: According to the San Jose Mercury News, in 2015 UNWINED moved out of Almaden and joined forces with Flight Wine & Food in Cupertino.]

Join Cesar from UNWINED for a tour of select Napa Valley wineries. You will go by bus to a variety of wineries, including Alpha Omega, Silver Oak, Turnbull Wine Cellars, and V. Sattui Winery.

The wine tour is Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 10am to 6pm. Meet in the parking lot at UNWINED in Almaden Valley.

Breakfast will be provided prior to the bus departure, which will be at 10:30am. Lunch will be available for purchase at the V. Sattui Winery.

The price is $75 per person. Wine tasting fees are an additional $15-$20 at each winery and applied towards any wine purchase. Register online to reserve your seats (the tour bus accommodates 54 passengers).