From parking-lot food stands to hole-in-the-wall noodle shops, from newly minted Michelin-starred restaurants to some of the Bay's most impeccable baked goods, the once-sleepy Peninsula food scene has become a hotbed of culinary innovation and good eats.
Now, to keep residents up-to-date on all of the latest restaurant happenings, Palo Alto Online food blogger Elena Kadvany is debuting Wednesday, July 17, the biweekly e-newsletter Peninsula Foodist.
Kadvany, the Palo Alto Weekly's education reporter who has also been covering restaurant news since 2013, will write about the latest openings and closings, what she's eating that she's excited about, interviews with chefs, and her observations and insights about the trends and issues affecting local restaurants.
Peninsula Foodist will report on diverse eateries in a historically under-covered area, from Santa Clara to Daly City and out to the coast.
"I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to eat and why food matters, seeking out the lesser-known stories that represent the full picture of this region's dining scene," Kadvany said.
"I hope the newsletter provides something that you can't get anywhere else and that it does justice to a restaurant world that deserves a bit more respect and attention," she added.
In her first newsletter, Kadvany will dive into the Peninsula's spiciest foods and tell people where to find homemade zongzi (Chinese sticky rice "tamales").
"For years, Elena's reporting through her Peninsula Foodist blog has chronicled the burgeoning dining scene in the area, becoming a go-to source for reliable restaurant news," said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Embarcadero Media, the Weekly's parent company. "Between that and her award-winning articles about local chefs and restaurants for the Palo Alto Weekly and Mountain View Voice, she's not only kept readers informed about what's up and coming, she's really dug deep into the rich culture of food in Silicon Valley and what it represents in our busy lives."
Peninsula Foodist is a free, emailed newsletter that is distributed every other Wednesday afternoon. Readers can sign up to receive it by going to paloaltoonline.com/express. Also, follow the Peninsula Foodist on Instagram (@peninsulafoodist) and Twitter (@ekadvany) or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.