Published November 30th, 2016
Business Bites
By Paula King
New Restaurant Concept at Theatre Square
For six years, Table 24 in Orinda's Theatre Square brought a neighborhood comfort food vibe to local foodies who appreciated its organic and local ingredients. Table 24 served its final patrons on Nov. 6 and closed the restaurant for a few weeks to make way for its new concept called Wild Magnolia.
"You all have contributed to our years of success and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts," Table 24 owner Michael Karp said to its patrons. "We look forward to seeing you all at our grand opening later in November."
After Thanksgiving, Wild Magnolia will open with a fresh look, a menu featuring seasonal and sustainable items, lighter and healthier options for the lunch crowd and future Jazz Brunch in the works. At the bar, Wild Magnolia will serve local craft beers, an impressive wine list and artisan cocktails.
Another unique element to the new restaurant concept is that it will have a guest chef program for diners to sample the results of diverse culinary skills. Groups of patrons will also be able to enroll in small or medium creative cooking classes there.
Table 24 co-creator with Karp, Dianna Davis-Condon of Dianna Condon Cuisine, is the visionary for Wild Magnolia and plans to bring her catering and cooking background to the mix. Its executive chef will be Jose Ulises Santiago and he will be in charge of the daily changing menu.

Moving Closer to Home
Owners of Pollak & Pollak Wealth Management, Orinda residents Scott and Michelle Pollak, recently moved their headquarters to their hometown. An open house recently took place for the office now located 25 Orinda Way, Suite 205.
Pollak & Pollak was formerly located in San Francisco, but the Pollaks have lived in Orinda for a decade and decided to relocate their business last summer. They said that they are very excited to begin a new chapter in Orinda.
As a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Pollak & Pollak offers help with retirement planning, employee stocks, tax options and investments. For more information on their services, visit or call 925-905-9890.

The Buzz on the New Barbershop in Town
SHARP Barber Shop, which opened just 11 weeks ago at 1001 Oak Hill Rd. in Lafayette, brings a little bit of old-fashioned tradition back to men's hair styling. They offer three services: hot towel straight razor shaves, beard trims and haircuts.
"Lafayette has been very welcoming and we look forward to meeting more of this amazing community," says SHARP's EJ Colberg. Call for appointments, 925-478-9424.

Chamber Music
The local Chambers of Commerce are busy this time of year.
Moraga Chamber Holiday Mixer, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Moraga Royale, 1600 Canyon Road
$15 per (payment can be made at the door). RSVP - or (925) 323-6524
Please bring an unwrapped toy. They are joining forces with 5 A Rent A Space and the Moraga Lion's Club collecting unwrapped toys for Bay Area Crisis Nursery and other local charities that support underprivileged children locally.

Lafayette Chamber December Holiday Mixer, 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Food from award-winning restaurants and caterers. $10 for members; $20 for non-members or bring at least 3 canned food items for Food Bank and admission is FREE.

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday mixer at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Hilton House, 21 Orinda Way in Orinda. Entertainment and refreshments will be served. Free fun and mingling opened to all chamber members and interested guests.

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