Valentine's & Chocolate, Italian Style
Come by February 10-14, for special chocolate laden desserts, where we have some fun with “LUV” in an outdoors and delicious ingredient kind of way.
Given the Italian origin of Saint Valentine's Day, of course you can expect to find a bit of a Romanesque twist with the chocolate goodies we’ll be serving.
"Chocolate Valentine's" Menu
Chocolate & Raspberries Galore
Torta Di Cioccolato with Raspberry Sauce
These dense, incredibly rich and decadent chocolate flourless cakes are meant to be paired with a fruit sauce. In this case, raspberry only enhances the molten goodness and makes every bite of these individually sized delicacies a treat not soon forgotten.
Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
As popular in Italy as in France, mousses form the base for many a dessert, whether paired with pastry, or simply served on their own. This one is no exception: Layers of creamy, fluffy chocolate mousse are interspersed with raspberry mousse, topped with fresh raspberries and drizzled with a raspberry coulis. Even if you haven’t overdosed on chocolate yet, you’ll want to try this elegant, very tasty, classic dessert.
Okay, so maybe a little more French than Italian, but who’s complaining. Wonderful on their own, regular madeleines are the absolute best afternoon tea bite…When paired up with raspberry, the flavor of these tiny, shell-shaped sponge cakes would make cupid come soaring into the room.
And to Warm the Inside…
Our take on hot chocolate and mochas: Add homemade raspberry marshmallows and presto… Shoreline’s divine chocolate beverages take on a whole new dimension, just bursting with lively flavor. Besides juxtaposing the richness of these house-made drinks, the fruit flavor shines on its own and makes for a truly unique taste experience that chases the nip out of the air.
Respite from Green Beer
If you prefer celebrating St. Patrick's Day away from civilization and by taking in a great view, chances are the Bistro can help.
As part of the regular menu, starting on St. Pat's Day through Saturday (March 17-20), for anyone in need of a corned beef, mashed potato and cabbage fix, the Bistro will be serving this traditional favorite, as well as decadent Baileys Irish Cream Cake, St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Shamrock Cake, plus other seasonal items.
With the patio open, or having an impromptu picnic on the lawn, it's a great way to enjoy a Spring repast by the water.
The Bistro will be serving special Easter-themed items for Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2021.
- Specials include:
- Croque Madame
- Croque Monsieur
- Peeps Rainbow Rice Krispies Treats
- Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Lakeside
Special offerings for Cinco de Mayo include: mole chicken enchiladas, fish tacos, agua fresca, flan, Mexican sweet bread (conchas), sake margaritas and a selection of Mexican beers, as well as horchata-inspired Mexican iced coffee.
With the patio open, it's a great way to enjoy your repast, and a cold one, by the water...
A Special Experience for a Special Lady
Shoreline is making sure visitors can take care of their favorite person the way she deserves. Give her a day to experience, in the way she wants..., relaxed and enjoying the people who love her most.
Spending Mom's Day by the Lake tends to pretty popular, and we recommend making reservations, especially for larger parties. For more info, reservations, etc., you can reach us via the Boathouse (650-965-7474), Bistro (650-965-1745) and Events (650-965-3779) lines.
An Al Fresco Repast for Mom!
Enjoying a Mother's Day brunch where you can sit out and take in nature and a lovely view of a lake and trees wouldn’t be too shabby a way to start to the day, or afternoon. Besides a plethora of the Bistro's goodies in a special Mother's Day basket of assorted pastries, we're also offering individual treats, such as:
Butter Croissants, Chocolate Croissants, Almond Croissants, Variety of Muffins (Blueberry, Carrot, Raisin & Walnut), Pain aux Raisins.
...and additions to the Brunch Menu: Croque Madame, Salmon Tartine, and Specialty Quiches (Applewood smoked bacon with caramelized onions and gruyère, or broccoli and cheese).
And, let's not forget adult beverages, including the ever popular Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Margarita. With Kids’ menus available too, expect a great time. Check out the full menu for additional items, and for reservations, please give the Bistro a call (650-965-1745).
Also, given the three-day weekend, Brunch is extended into Monday. FYI...Larger groups should plan on calling ahead to the American Bistro (650-965-1745) for reservations.
Shoreline Lake Summer Sailstice Celebration
Starting at 10am, on Saturday, June 19th, Silicon Valley's destination for lake sailing takes part in a global celebration of summer and sailing!
Skippered sailboat rides will be available between 10am-2pm. Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis, as this protected salt-water environment, set within the tranquil confines of a beautiful nature preserve, will also have its usual active sailing scene (classes, and more) going on at full blast. And, to make Brunch reservations (check out the Menu here), please contact the Bistro at 650-965-1745.
Father’s Day Barbecue & Access Passes
Although the Park doesn’t allow for individual barbecues, on Sunday (June 20th), from 11am-3pm, Dad can have a barbecue picnic here, and everyone can enjoy being out on the patio taking in the waterfront view.
Fourth of July Special Menu
In addition to our regular menu, the American Bistro will be serving several special menu items for the Fourth of July.
- Red, White, and Blue Waffles - with Strawberries & Cream, Maple Butter, Blueberries $15
- Steak Arugula Salad with Chimichurri Sauce $16.75
- Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Bacon Bits, and Cherry Tomatoes $12
This event has been cancelled for 2021 due to COVID-19
On-the-Water Viewing of July Fourth Fireworks
Enjoy the best view of the Fireworks Show, from the waters of Shoreline Lake!
The Boathouse provides to Park visitors the most unique way in the Park (and the rest of Mountain View) to enjoy the fireworks – from a pedalboat, rowboat, canoe or single/double kayak in the middle of the Lake, with friends and family.
Although watercraft are not allowed on the Lake after sunset, Shoreline makes an exception for Independence Day. The Boathouse is now taking reservations for watercraft rentals, so you can escape the crowds and watch the fireworks from the water. To make a reservation by phone, and if you need additional info, please call the Boathouse at (650) 965-7474.
This event has been cancelled for 2021 due to COVID-19
Please Note: Boat rentals for the Fireworks viewing are available by reservation only. Given last year's high demand, and to ensure that everyone can take part in this experience, the last rental time is specially extended, so you can reserve your preferred watercraft for the viewing.
On July Fourth, regular rentals must be returned by 8:30 pm, to ensure patrons with reserved vessels can board first – starting at 9:00 pm. This makes sure you can get out on the water before the show begins and can enjoy the entire show from your vessel. Also, after the show, watercraft will need to be returned by 10:15 pm.
Labor Day at Shoreline Lake
If you're looking for a mini vacation (close to home), Shoreline Lake will be the South Bay's antidote for the hectic pace of life in Silicon Valley, with three laid-back days of fun, and tasty, outdoor activities during Labor Day weekend.
No laborious Labor Day in sight. Relax and enjoy a waterfront respite, where everyone can take advantage of the American Bistro patio's lovely view, and where weekend brunch is extended into Labor Day itself.
In addition to Shoreline's popular pedalboat/picnic basket option, for visitors wanting more activity with their repast, the Boathouse can put together customized picnic basket/watercraft combinations, based on the seven options available for prepared picnic baskets, type of watercraft – sailboat (with or without skipper), rowboat and canoe -- and amount of time requested for the rental. The desired watercraft, as well as picnic basket, can be reserved via the Boathouse (650-965-7474 or email@example.com).
Even with these offerings, you can still opt for the regular Bistro menu, and the prepared picnic baskets will also be available separately, in addition to real French pastries, a whole host of other watersports and land-based activities, plus much more... All by the water's edge.
Shoreline-Exclusive Fruit Harvest
Whether you need an excuse, or not, to get out and enjoy a beautiful lakeside setting, being one of the few to partake of these "limited edition" fruits makes a great one. In other words, you need to get yours before they run out...
The American Bistro will be showcasing, for a limited time (starting mid to late October), the harvest of some unique organic fruit: Since the Boathouse & Bistro owner advocates using locally grown, seasonal products, she and her family are making available – exclusively to Shoreline Lake – this quality fruit, grown at their ranch in Pescadero.
If in the mood for fruit of premium flavor and sweetness, visitors can purchase freshly picked, pesticide-free, sweet and juicy Gala and Golden Delicious apples (with Granny Smith and Scarlet Spur varieties making their appearance soon). Small bags ($5), large bags ($10) and boxes (approximately 25-27lbs, $20) will be available.
As the third harvest from a private, non-commercial ranch, only fruit from a select few trees will be harvested this year (hand-picked over about three to four weeks, maybe into early December, to ensure peak ripeness). And, in keeping with Shoreline's emphasis on seasonality, when this quality fruit runs out, that's it until next Fall.
Details listed below for all November events are from 2019 and subject to change or cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19
Autumn Spice Week & Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration!
Get your tastebuds prepped. Shoreline is shooing away the grey weather with the 10th Annual Autumn Spice Week.
Come by the American Bistro, Monday (Nov 23rd) through Sunday (Nov 29th), and enjoy a change of pace from the Thanksgiving/Black Friday rush.
Besides highlighting seasonal, spice-laden treats, and the release of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau, we’re making sure visitors can partake in a civilized respite from Turkey Day preparations and Black Friday craziness.
Along with the usual, exquisite French and American pastries the Bistro offers, holiday pies and traditional “Fall-centric” items will be on hand, in addition to goodies with a more exotic take, as well as some new items that will be rolled out during the week.
And, "le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” at Shoreline on the official release date (Thursday, Nov 19th). The "BN" will be, along with a Salmon Tartine and French Onion Soup, a celebratory addition to that day's menu. Given its fresh, fruity (and food-friendly) qualities, this versatile, light wine – served chilled – is perfect for lunch and an early afternoon repast... and we scored some of the Georges Duboeuf and Jean-Cleaude Debeaune. Santé!
Besides the "regular" Beaujolais Nouveau served in the Bistro, in keeping with the official release day's celebratory nature, Shoreline also offers a group "BN" wine tasting seminar that pays homage to the variety found within this special class of fresh, fruity wine. Whether you want to hold it on the Official Release Date, or at another time (say to help figure out Thanksgiving or other Holiday pairings), just let the Events Team know at: 650-965-3779 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The facilities at Shoreline will be open early on Thanksgiving Day (to give everyone the chance to enjoy some outdoor fun, relax, pick up dessert for the big feast, etc.): Bistro hours will be 8:30am-3pm, and for the Boathouse, 10am-3pm. For the rest of the week, you can expect the regular Fall/Winter hours).
For pre-orders, please give the Bistro (650-965-1745) a call. Regarding the menu of "spice-laden" items the Bistro is featuring...
Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg…spices that should always go into a pumpkin pie, and you can certainly find them in this one. In conjunction with the aromatic nature of the pumpkin, they provide a fullness of flavor that makes the silky smoothness of a properly-prepared filling shine. Offset by a perfectly baked crust, this combination explains why it remains a tradition.
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Here's to giving a classic the amazing award. Also called Derby Pie, the addition of dark chocolate and bourbon gives "regular" pecan pie flavors additional and deeper nuance. Not a bad way to make this pie even more interesting, while keeping the sweetness and texture of all the components balanced.
Almond Cream/Pecan Tartlets with Salted Caramel
If a slice of pecan pie seems too much, these tartlets provide all that good stuff (hey nuts are healthy!) in a perfectly portioned sized. And, if pecan pie is your thing, here's another way of getting even more of that goodness: in a toasted nutty buttery base, with an addictive ooey-gooey salted caramel sauce on top.
Here's a pumpkin treat taking the cute factor to another level. Deliciously spiced like their bigger cousin, these miniaturized pie morsels make a great snack that puts a new twist on a classic. A perfect size for kids, the classic custardy base and sweet pumpkin flavor are also a perfect fit for adult tastebuds too.
Although a generic term for tea in many parts of the world, in the US, we primarily associate Chai with the Indian masala spiced tea beverage. This hot, sweetened, spiced milk tea uses a variety of different spices (generally cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper) to produce a warming, soothing effect that’s tough to resist on a cold day.
Rotating in During the Week
Roasted Pumpkin & Sage Soup
As a base for a variety of different seasonings, pumpkin can’t be beat. This version of pumpkin soup takes advantage of this versatility. Redolent with sage and the richness of roasted pumpkin, this warming, hearty soup keeps the chill away.
Savory Pear & Persimmon Salad
For a little lighter fare, that's still in keeping with the week's theme, this mixed green salad topped with sweet, seasonal pears and Fuyu persimmons makes for a satisfying lunch, that still allows one to have room for dessert. The savory dressing and Mayfield baguette make a great complement, giving the sweetness a little edge, and playing off the fruits' inherent spicing.
Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Imagine the headiness of tasting sweet butternut squash laced with the flavor of nutmeg. But rather than just sweetness, you’ll also take a savory turn. Shoreline’s not only done that with this soup (by drizzling the top with truffle oil), but, by garnishing with toasted pumpkin seeds, you’ll also experience a lovely juxtaposition of textures and tastes in every spoonful.
Enchiladas with Mole Sauce
It’s the Bay Area. Traditional can mean a lot of things. With such a heavy Mexican influence here, no way can we leave out this spice-oriented cuisine. While moles (pronounced MOH lehs) run the gamut from very hot to mild, ours has the right amount of heat to perk up the tortillas in this dish and what’s normally a mild flavored filling, as well as cut through the richness of the cheese topping.
Just in Time for a Shopping Break
Brioche Trois Parfum
Layers of laminated brioche with crystallized ginger, candied lemon and orange – a perfect morning bun with a cup of Shoreline's artisan coffee. Every bite brings with it a kaleidoscope of flavors. Spicy, buttery, citrusy, etc., we can't think of a better way to start the morning off, or to give yourself a well-deserved break.
Raisin Rainbow & Walnut Topped Pumpkin Muffins
Forget just adding a bit of extra spicing to a “regular” muffin. We wanted to create something a little different that really brings out the delicate flavor of these teeny cakes. So, rather than top it off with a sugary, one-note icing, we decided to use a multi-colored array of raisins and walnuts. The variety of flavors from combining the fruits and nuts complements the pumpkin and spice in the sponge itself and ensures every bite is crunchy and sweet, as well as moist and flavorful.
Ginger Molasses Cookie
Autumn perfection. Old-fashioned, yet timeless. Soft, chewy and decadent, the molasses creates a beautiful balance and flavor explosion with the candied ginger. Be forewarned. One will not be enough. 'Nuff said.
This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19
The interactive Advent Calendar information below is from 2019. The new calendar will remain top secret until unlocked on December 1, 2020!
A Shoreline Lake Advent Calendar
It's the countdown to Christmas! For a little something to while away the time, we've put together an interactive calendar that showcases some of the wonderful goodies, as well as fun activities available at Shoreline: And, by checking it out, you'll not only see the lovely sight of some extraordinary pastries and other treats the Bistro's in-house pastry fairies whip up during the year and through the Holidays, but you may end up winning a prize...
Every day from December 1-24 a new "door" opens, and each is a chance at winning four different prizes – a $50 gift certificate (towards Weekend Brunch for 4) at the American Bistro, a Camp Shoreline Scholarship, a Pedalboat + Picnic Basket Combo for the week of Valentine's, and a Spring Windsurfing Seasonal Membership (for yourself, or as a gift)*. All you have to do is submit an entry. And, if you see something you would like the Bistro to prepare, please let us know at 650-965-1745 (Don't worry, any opened door in the calendar will stay open during the entire 24 days.). Enjoy!
*Please be aware: The Windsurfing Seasonal Membership prize is restricted by ability level. Details can be found on Shoreline's Registration page.
This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19
Winter Chestnut Fest: A Special Event to Celebrate the Holidays
Welcome to Shoreline's tenth annual Winter Chestnut Fest! If you’ve never tried chestnuts roasted al fresco over an open fire, now’s your chance. It’s the perfect opportunity to take part in a beloved winter tradition not often seen in this part of the world.
Starting December 5th, through the 13th, besides highlighting other Holiday goodies, gift certificates, etc., we’re making sure visitors can watch our skilled roasters turn these tasty nuts into a winter delicacy.
And, as the SJ Merc (and a few others) can attest, they're also great for warming up cold hands.
So along with the usual, exquisite French and American pastries the Bistro offers, make sure to pick up your own paper cone of chestnuts, and be on the lookout for other special Holiday treats that will only be available during this time.
Other than closing December 24-25, the Bistro will be open Mon- Fri (8:30-4) and Sat-Sun (8:30-5).
Chestnut Roasting Schedule
Barring inclement weather, we plan on roasting chestnuts outdoors on the following dates and times:
- • Saturday & Sunday (Dec. 5-6), 1-3pm
- • Thursday & Friday (Dec. 10-11), 12:30-1:30pm
- • Saturday & Sunday (Dec. 12-13), 1-3pm
Individual paper cones will be $5 each. Larger batches will also be available, priced at $9.
This schedule makes it easy to bring some home, back to the office, etc., but if you would like to have us roast a batch outside of these times, please let us know.
This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19
"Chestnut-Holiday" Themed Menu
On the Savory Side
Chestnut Celery Root Soup
A flavor combination that can’t be beat... Pairing up chestnuts with the earthiness of celery root makes for a rich and silky comfort food that’s perfect for the Holidays. The sweet, herbal and nutty flavor of this lovely vegetable soup will certainly drive away winter’s chill.
Celery Root & Apple Soup
Another classic pairing. In this case, sweet-tart apples give celery root a different kind of boost: One that's a bit more herbaceous, but just as rich, and just as much a Holiday tradition.
A Bit of Red Anyone?
A little raspberry jam filling between almond cut-out cookies...doesn't begin to describe just how pretty and tasty these Holiday tarts can be. As a perfect accompaniment to a piping hot cup of coffee or cocoa, these melt in your mouth treats are the perfect way to say Merry Christmas!
Cranberry Citrus Mini-Loaves
Pairing the tartness of cranberries with the lively citrus flavor of freshly squeezed lemon juice gives these beautiful little loaves their wonderful flavor and festive spots of garnet red color. And they're good for ya'...lots of Vitamin C.
If You Must be Good...
Morning Glory Muffins
Straight out of the 60's, these earthy whole-grain muffins bring together a blast of flavor, texture and moistness thanks to the addition of carrots, nuts, dried fruits, a variety of spices and more. Just sweet enough, these little cakes makes for a great breakfast and/or snack.
Another Way to Decorate the Table
...Or Buche de Noel for the technical. Shoreline has two varieties of this log-shaped, rolled sponge cake this year: Vanilla with Lemon Curd Filling & Chocolate with Coffee Filling. Dusted with powdered sugar and decorated to resemble their forest brethren, these treats taste as lovely as they look.
The Peppermint Brigade
Peppermint Chocolate Mousse
Capturing the purity of chocolate paired with peppermint, this rich mousse simply melts in the mouth and makes a lovely dessert for after lunch or afternoon snack. For those keen on getting a mint fix, consider pairing this with one of Shoreline's seasonal peppermint beverages...
For a little mint jolt along with that of your caffeine, try a classic mocha laced with peppermint. As a dessert or a nice break away from shopping, the office, etc., it's hard to go wrong with this seasonal treat.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
For the little ones, or if you'd rather just skip the caffeine, we've got you covered there too. Shoreline's minty hot chocolate will do the trick.
Another Way to Warm the Inside...
An infusion of cardamom, clove, allspice, black peppercorns, and orange falls way short of describing the richness of flavor in Shoreline’s take on this traditional Holiday beverage. Common during the winter in countries with colder weather, this satisfying and relaxing beverage has a way of making this time of year a little more pleasurable.
The non-alcoholic, but just as tasty, version that uses sweet-tart apple cider as its base. Warm yourself and the kiddos with this comforting, spicy concoction that chases the chill away.
This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19
Xmas Cookie Packages, Pastries & Desserts
For a little breather from all the Holiday baking and running around, we can help. Besides crafting Shoreline's special Christmas Cookie Packages – which include Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes), Cranberry Thumbprints, Ginger Molasses Cookies, Florentine Bars & Palmiers – our in-house pastry fairies can whip up exactly what you need to make a perfect food gift, for parties or just to snack on during the day.
Although we do keep a good variety of treats on hand at the Bistro, given how fast our cookies, desserts and other pastries tend to fly out the door, it probably makes sense to pre-order yours. Just give the Bistro a call at 650-965-1745.
And, if you need something special for an office party, meetings, end-of-year teambuilding and other events, please contact Johanna Trevino, Shoreline's Events Manager (at email@example.com and 650-965-3779) for customized orders, onsite catering, and any help getting the stars aligned for a successful Holiday get-together.