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Participating Restaurants

Every year we have the pleasure of working with some of the most talented chefs in some of the finest restaurants in the Bay Area. This year, the El Cajon Project has the following restaurants participating in the program. We continually add restaurants to our team, based on the needs of our student population and location. Many restaurants have worked with us for over ten years. We look forward to adding many more restaurants to our team!

Alexander's Patisserie

Alexander's Patisserie

Nestled alongside bookstores, boutiques and art galleries, Alexander's Patisserie Mountain View, with Chef P.Q., stands out as a premier location for coffee, sweet treats and a wonderful experience. Each indulgence is made with the highest quality ingredients. Our assortment and flavors rotate to highlight the best of each season.

Alexander's Steakhouse

Alexander's Steakhouse

Chef Roger Lee Alexander's Steakhouse offers fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence located in Cupertino, CA.

Right: Chef Roger Lee is a Californian through and through. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley town of Arcadia, CA, he then earned his culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. His inspiration for a life of cooking began at home. More =>

The Charter Oak

The Charter Oak Chef Christopher Kostow

The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, with simple, approachable, and seasonal food - grilled meats, beautiful vegetables from our farm, local wines and unparalleled cocktails. Our menu reflects the products of the Napa Valley through an elemental cooking style, with a hearth at its center, and by highlighting one or two ingredients at a time.

Right: Chef Christopher Kostow: Owner, three Michelin star chef, award-winning author, doting husband, father of two girls, and lover of ping pong.

Chez TJ

Chez TJ

Chez TJ, a 2 star Michelin restaurant, along with executive chef Jarad Gallagher offer contemporary French cuisine located near downtown Mountain View, CA.

Dinah's Poolside Restaurant & Bar

Dinah's Poolside Restaurant and Bar

At Poolside Restaurant, savor a delicious meal and your favorite cocktail in a relaxed and intimate setting overlooking the hotel's tropical pool. Brimming with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, this bright, fresh restaurant has earned a spot among Palo Alto's best for its hearty breakfast, enticing lunch specialties and a locals choice on the weekends.

In the evening, Chef Gerardo Naranjo elevates the experience with classic steak and seafood dishes complete with a full bar and local craft beers on-tap.

Dry Creek Grill

Dry Creek Grill

Dry Creek Grill Great steaks, succulent pit smoked barbeque, and mouth watering burgers ground in house daily. Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced seafood and salads. Simply prepared. Showcasing the pure abundance from the land and sea.

Evvia

Chef Mario Ortega

Evvia along with executive chef Mario Ortega (left) brings the warmth and charm of Greece to the Silicon Valley located in Palo Alto, CA.

Fleur De Lys

Fleur de Lys

Chef Hubert KellerFleur De Lys has closed after 25 years. Executive chef/owner Hubert Keller (right) now operates Burger Bar, with locations in San Francisco, CA and Las Vegas, NV.

Geraldine's Austin

Geraldine's Austin

GERALDINE'S - A RAINEY STREET RESTAURANT -- Begin with an elevator ride to the fourth floor - that's when the Geraldine's buzz starts to kick in. Strains of music waft from the dining room through the bar and out onto the pool deck. The vibe is contagious: it's brushed brass and broken-in leather; the twang and fuzz of an amped-up guitar; two fingers of American whiskey. Southern-inspired fare filtered through a distinctly modern lens: Geraldine's is Austin on a plate and in a glass. Come on up and join us for an event or stop by for our delectable brunch menu.

Loma Brewing Company

Loma Brewing Company

Loma is a brewpub that brings together delicious craft beers and casual comfort food in a lively atmosphere. The menu features high-quality seasonal ingredients that are complimented by a beer program rooted in tradition with a modern sophistication.

Executive Chef AUBREE ARNDT Aubree Arndt: A long time ago, in a city far, far away..... Chef Aubree was born. The city of Flint, Michigan has fallen from the ashes and the hope of Aubree's return has diminished. Forced into battle at Le Cordon Bleu, Arizona she traveled across the west vowing to resist food fads and restore faith in brewpub cuisine... More =>

Los Altos Golf & Country Club

Los Altos Golf & Country Club

Chef Gary RothLos Altos Golf & Country Club along with world famous executive chef Gary Roth offer creative menus that reflect the best of each season, using the freshest of local produce located in Los Altos, CA.

Mama Mia’s Ristorante Italiano

Mama Mia’s Ristorante Italiano

Mama Mia’s Ristorante Italiano, where great friends and great food meet, with locations in Felton, Campbell, Gilroy & Morgan Hill, CA.

Rebekah's Kneaded Bread

Rebekah's Kneaded Bread

Chef Carlos PinedaRebekah's Kneaded Bread is the social enterprise of Rebekah's Culinary Academy which is owned and operated by Rebekah Children's Services, a non-profit mental health agency for children and families based in Gilroy, California, USA. Right: Chef Carlos Pineda

The Sea

The Sea Chef Yu Min Lin

THE SEA By Alexander's Steakhouse is the bay area's premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair.

Executive Yu Min Lin's approach to cooking is inspired from his extensive training and experience in both Japanese and French cuisine for over 20 years abroad and here in California. He aims to source wild, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients from land and sea. More =>

Stanford Park Hotel Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar

Stanford Park Hotel Menlo Grill Bistro and Bar

Stanford Park Hotel Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar Tucked away in the tranquil grounds of the Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar is a classic American grill with a warm, inviting local vibe that fits right in with its Stanford University locale. Unpretentious and under the radar, this Palo Alto restaurant is a Silicon Valley favorite - a place where ideas are hatched and deals are done. Featuring Chef Francisco Quintana.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen

Welcome to True Food Kitchen - A health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness. Our open kitchen brings guests closer to our culinary craft while showcasing that there's nothing secret about the way we prepare our dishes. Featuring Chef Michael Zeem and Chef Chandon Clenard.