Miche­lin-star chefs make a grand meal at Adega

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San Jose’s had its share of mem­o­rable din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, but it’s hard to imag­ine one that beats the culi­nary and cul­tural show­case this week at Adega. The East San Jose restau­rant hosted chefs from three other Miche­lin-starred restau­rants spe­cial­iz­ing in Por­tuguese cui­sine for three seven-course, wine-paired meals.

Join­ing Adega’s David Costa and Jes­sica Car­reira were Ge­orge Men­des of Aldea in New York City; and Alexan­dre Silva of Loco in Lis­bon; and Pe­dro Le­mos from his name­sake restau­rant in Porto, Por­tu­gal. Nearly 100 din­ers took part in the San Jose’s Miche­lin All-Star Ex­pe­ri­ence on Tuesday and Thurs­day, pay­ing $375 a seat, with a por­tion of the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing No Kid Hun­gry — a na­tional cam­paign by the non­profit Share Our Strength to end child­hood hunger.

A third din­ner was held Wed­nes­day for more than a dozen food and travel writ­ers, who ven­tured to San Jose from New York, Los An­ge­les and Por­tu­gal, as well as VIPs in­clud­ing Mayor Sam Lic­cardo and his wife, Jes­sica Gar­cia-Kohl; Coun­cil­man Raul Peralez and his wife, Vic­to­ria Ramirez; Team San Jose CEO Karolyn Kirschgesler; SVCreates CEO Con­nie Martinez; Team San Jose board mem­ber Michael Mulc­ahy and his wife, Kim­berly Mulc­ahy; Good­will Sil­i­con Val­ley CEO Michael E. Fox Jr.; and Annabel Chang, Alaska Air­lines’ Bay Area vice pres­i­dent.

The idea for the din­ner came to Car­los Car­reira, who owns Adega with his wife, Fer­nanda, dur­ing a Team San Jose trip to New York, where Costa and Jes­sica Car­reira got the op­por­tu­nity to share the kitchen at Aldea with Men­des.

“Tonight is a cel­e­bra­tion of the amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve had this year,” said Car­los Car­reira, who gives all credit to his daugh­ter for push­ing them to open the restau­rant on Alum Rock Av­enue. “We de­cided to in­vited some other tal­ented chefs who have worked Chef David in Por­tu­gal to come here for a week to help us show­case what Por­tuguese is all about.”

Like I said, it’s go­ing to be hard to beat as a culi­nary event, but Car­reira’s go­ing to try as he hopes to turn the Miche­lin Al­lS­tar Ex­pe­ri­ence into an an­nual event. BAYMEC GALA IS BACK >> The Bay Area Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions Com­mit­tee — known to all as BAYMEC since it was founded in 1984 by Ken Yea­ger and Wig­gsy Sivert­sen — is bring­ing back its an­nual gala this year with a brunch on Oct. 1.

The LGBTQ ad­vo­cacy group’s Progress Never Stops brunch at the GlassHouse in down­town San Jose will fea­ture a key­note ad­dress by Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra — and there will be plenty of bot­tom­less mi­mosas, too. Tickets start at $150 and can be pur­chased at www.baymec.org.

TALK­ING SPORTS >> If you’ve been miss­ing Mark Purdy, Joint Ven­ture Sil­i­con Val­ley has just the event for you on Sept. 26. The re­cently re­tired Mer­cury News sports colum­nist will talk about all things in­volv­ing Bay Area sports — and he’s got sto­ries that go back three decades — in a “fire­side chat” with Joint Ven­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Duffy Jen­nings. “There will be lots of great sto­ries, for sure,” Joint Ven­ture CEO Rus­sell Han­cock said. “But we’ll also talk about the big­ger pic­ture on pro­fes­sional sports and how they con­trib­ute to the health of the re­gion.”

The 4 p.m. event is be­ing held at SAP Cen­ter — and what bet­ter place to host Purdy than the home of our beloved Los

Tiburones, right? It’s free to at­tend, but you do need to reg­is­ter at jointven­ture.org/mark-purdy.

NEW FACES, NEW ROLES >> Teatro Visión has brought on Ro­drigo Gar­cía as its new Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, where he’ll be step­ping into the role that Elisa Ma­rina Al­varado has held since the Latino the­ater com­pany was founded in 1984. Al­varado says she’s ex­cited to pass on the position to Gar­cía, who came to Teatro Visión as an ac­tor in 2009 and di­rected the com­pany’s pop­u­lar Día de los Muer­tos play, “Macario,” in 201416.

Mean­while, Mary Miller, the prin­ci­pal of Pre­sen­ta­tion High School is tran­si­tion­ing to a new position as the first pres­i­dent of the San Jose girls Catholic school. Miller, who has served as prin­ci­pal since 1993, will move into that role — equiv­a­lent to a head of school — next Septem­ber as the school searches for a new prin­ci­pal.

ALL ABOARD >> There’s a hands-on el­e­ment to the Los Al­tos His­tory Mu­seum’s Train Days, which has two days of rail fun Sept. 16-17. Be­sides the elab­o­rate lay­outs of model rail­roads that at­tract nearly 3,000 vis­i­tors from around the Bay Area, a switch­ing lay­out called the Time­saver from the Na­tional Model Rail­road As­so­ci­a­tion will give vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence running trains.

“With the ad­di­tion of the NMRA’s Time­saver HO switch­ing demo, chil­dren can try their hand at op­er­at­ing a switch en­gine to move freight cars to spec­i­fied lo­ca­tions around a freight yard,” said event chair Kris­ten Fuller. Train Days runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mu­seum at 51 S. San An­to­nio Road, with ad­mis­sion $5 per per­son.

SIX YEARS FOR SPSM >> San Pe­dro Square Mar­ket in San Jose has lined up a full day of mu­sic on Sun­day to cel­e­brate its sixth an­niver­sary, and many of the restau­rants in the pop­u­lar food hall will be of­fer­ing $6 spe­cials to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The mu­sic starts at noon and fea­tures sev­en­piece ’80s band Vinyl Re­play, coun­try-west­ern band One Coun­try, San Jose R&B band Given to Fly, the Jerry Sauceda Band, Latin rock­ers Tor­tilla Soup and the clas­sic cover mu­sic of the OTR Band. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a craft ta­ble, where kids can draw and dec­o­rate an an­niver­sary cake; a soc­cer skills chal­lenge spon­sored by the San Jose Earth­quakes and a hockey puck chal­lenge with Bar­racuda mas­cot Frenzy.

PHOTO BY SAL PIZARRO

Five chefs from Miche­lin-starred Por­tuguese restau­rants cel­e­brate fol­low­ing din­ner ser­vice dur­ing the San Jose Miche­lin Al­lS­tar Ex­pe­ri­ence at Adega restau­rant in San Jose on Wed­nes­day. From left, David Costa and Jes­sica Car­reira from Adega; Pe­dro Le­mos from Pe­dro Le­mos in Porto, Por­tu­gal; Ge­orge Men­des of Aldea in New York City; and Alexan­dre Silva of Loco in Lis­bon.

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