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UPPER MARKET—On Market Street, Cafe Du Nord is expanding into the ex-pilates studio next door. The plan is to take over the space and make it a cafe/coffeeshop with wifi and a ticketing area. With the hope that it gets approved by the Planning Commission in a timely manner, they are thinking of an October debut. [EaterWire]
MOUNTAIN VIEW—Might the culinary Eden known as the Google cafeteria be on the downturn? Apparently, there are some food cutbacks underway down in Silicon Valley, and the Googles are eliminating some dinner meals, but only in cafes frequented by nontechnical employees, which can't be ideal for workplace-segregation. [Valleywag]
SAN FRANCISCO—The official LitQuake '08 schedule should be out within the week, but here's a little preview: Saturday October 4th will feature a Food & Drink session, with guest participants like Elizabeth Falkner, the Chron's Tara Duggan, Brian Yaeger, sake master Beau Timken and others. More to come. [EaterWire]
AMERICA—The tickets for the Bocuse d'Or USA semifinals went on sale this morning. Tickets run $450 per person and include complimentary park admission to Epcot & the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for Friday and Saturday. You can get tickets by calling 407-WDW-FEST. [EaterWire]
FINANCIAL DISTRICT—Because free coffee alerts are always a good thing to be aware of: "If you purchase one of harvest & rowe’s scratch baked pastries, they’ll treat you to a free cup of coffee. Try getting THAT at Starbucks ... Offer valid thru August." [City Dish]