Cazares Style Cooking Camp – July 2017

“Jen and Marc–thank you for an amazing week of camp!  Our boys had a blast and learned so much.  They couldn’t stop talking about it when they came home.  Many thanks, Emily & Dalton”  Then the “boys”, also signed the card, “Thanks!”

“Thank you! I  loved the video.  It is great seeing some of what they learned.   It looks like fun! ”

The best compliment ever got was from Sophia today, she said, “I’ll pay you more money if you do this camp next year!”

“Thank you she (Sophia) thoroughly enjoyed it and these pictures are awesome!”

“Thank you so much! Anthony really enjoyed the cooking camp!”

“💝💝💝” gift of thanks for the mother of a camper

Cazares Style Cooking Camp – July 2016
From ages 8-11 – all nine campers said they want to return next summer and are telling their friends to come!

“Cooking camp was fun and I learned a lot and I love to cook, so 10!!” – 9 year old girl camper

“The camp was so fun!  I want to learn more about strange kitchen tools and I loved the etiquette part.” – 11 year old girl camper

On a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest, an 11 year old  boy camper gave the camp a “100”!

“I loved the camp and can’t wait until next year!” (2nd year camper) – 11 year old boy camper

“It was the best camp ever!” – 11 year old boy camper

GRANDMA WATCHED THE COOKING CAMP YOUTUBE VIDEO: “This is so, so awesome. Oh, my goodness I just LOVE it. No wonder Carson said this was the activity he enjoyed the most this summer!!! How incredibly professional. I loved the formal table setting, and that they had to make some thing and explain how they made it. This was a win-win all around. Exposure to lots of foods, the process of preparing, chemistry, fractions, the comradery etc., etc. This explains…. at our visit to Judy’s she set out a plate of vegetables with a dip and Peyton just sat down without being asked and started eating carrots quite a few.”

Happy Retirement/Happy Birthday Celebration (for 20 guests) – June 2016
 “ALL the food was so good!”, “…all the food was fabulous and let me know if I can recommend you with the maximum number of stars on Yelp or otherwise.  Thank you!”. “Beautiful spread!!”, “Nice spread. Looks awesome.” – Lisa Larsgaard and Party-goers, Pleasant Hill, CA
Graduation Day Celebration Party (for 100 guests) – May 2016
“Jennifer was my lifeline in planning my daughter’s graduation party that quickly grew out of control to 100 hundred guests.  From menu planning to shopping and preparing all the delicious food to set-up – Jennifer was the ultimate professional.  My guests could not get enough of the food and we were literally left with crumbs at the end of the event.  Jennifer just has a knack for beautiful presentation and more importantly, creating delicious food.  It not only looks pretty but is so very tasty.  I could not have done this event without Jennifer’s guidance and professionalism.  Do not hesitate to have Jennifer help you take your event to the next level.” –  Esther Kim, Walnut Creek, CA
 Cazares Style Cooking Camp – July 2015
All ten children, ages ranging from 8 to 15, both boys and girls, rated this camp as a “10”!

“I loved this camp. It was fun to do the cooking and chop the veggies. I will definitely come back! I rate this camp a “10”!  – 10 year old boy

” I loved all the smelling/blindfolded games.” – Camper

“I think it was the best cooking camp ever.” – Camper

“I loved the “Chopped” challenge.” – Camper

From the mouths of little star cafe guests:

Erin Martin  I really enjoy Little Star Café. I generally end up there in the mornings and have always encountered friendly staff. I love the idea of dinner there, it just has not happened for our family more than once. The one dinner we had there was wonderful, the food was good, and the kids had a blast. Plus the adults got to chat =) The Walnut Creek area has needed something like this for quite awhile, and I feel like you have successfully filled that need with your café.

Nina McCallister  We just found out about Little Star two weeks ago. I love coming here and my daughter Avery loves it too. I love being able to let her run free and not have to worry about her breaking anything. I love that the place is always clean, the waitstaff has always been super friendly, you have TV’s to entertain my husband and you serve Longboard! Everything I have ordered here has been very very tasty (asian chicken salad, tri tip sammy and the WHITE PIZZA x2!). We also order the sweet potato fries everytime: SUPER YUMMY! Even picky-eater Avery will eat the food! I will definitely be making this place a regular dining experience for my kids. Thank you for such a wonderful place.

Barbara  Got over to the Café – finally – Saturday evening and I cannot even find the words to tell you how impressed, overwhelmed I was with the Little Star. You guys have really outdone yourselves. We (my Mom and son)   were quite the attraction ourselves – the only people there without children but we really enjoyed everyone else’s. There was a large birthday party going on too so that was fun to see. I am going to email everyone I know who has little tykes (not that you appear to need more customers!!!!) because I know they would absolutely love it. The food was great and the waiter was about the most charming young man I have ever met. There was also a young woman, helping with the children who was a delight and very gracious to us. You guys have a real winner there and I plan to visit often. Again, super radio interview, you guys rock!

Angelica  I wanted to e-mail to let you know we were very pleased with your staff and the service we received on Sunday. They were wonderful! We all enjoyed our meal (cupcakes included) and everyone loved your place. Thank you again.

Monaliza Fisher  First, I would like to thank you for opening a wonderful place for parents and children to dine and play. I have visited your Café on a number of occasions and my children and I love it there. We love the food, the play area and the friendly staff.

Kristi Mack  Hi – Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed Little Star Cafe. We were visiting the area from AZ and brought our 3 year old (it was her second time there with Grammy…my first time!) – what a wonderful concept and great time for kids. Sarah is very good with the kids as well in the little town area. We look forward to visiting again during an upcoming vacation to Walnut Creek.

Nina McCallister-Vila  just wanted to say thank you for such a great day for my daughter’s 2nd birthday we had at Little Star Cafe this past Saturday. The server we had, Evan (forgive me if I got his name wrong) was great! We’ve had him before as our server and he was just as pleasant. The food was as great as expected and the cupcakes were awesome!

Tracy Jenson  Hi Jennifer, I just wanted to thank you for a fantastic party! We all had a great time and I received many compliments on how well everything went (service, food, etc.). We couldn’t have asked for a better party.

Satisfied Customer  I just want to say what a relief it was to go out for a good meal and not worry about my kids throwing tantrums or speaking loudly (OK, screeching). They were entertained and the waiter took exceptional care of us. This is not a 5-star dining experience by any means–no white table cloths, crumb catchers or fussy silverware exchanges with each course– but it wasn’t Chuck E. Cheese’s either.

What struck me was how satisfied and pleased everyone was in my party–kids and adults alike. How rare. I don’t care if they charge $7 per child to play in the supervised play area. At $3.50 per kid, per hour for a pleasant dining experience where EVERYONE gets what he/she needs (the kids aren’t confined and have ample distractions), it’s well worth it. Some things we had that we really enjoyed were the artichoke dip, bruschetta, sweet potato fries and a to-die-for cheesecake. We will be back!

Yelp User ‘5 stars’ – Jackie H., Oakland, CA  My daughter was invited to a birthday party here – WOW, what an awesome party this was!  The kids decorated cookie houses (which she got to take home as her party favor)  in a private room and then had free reign of the play room.  She loved it so much, we went back last weekend for dinner.  Food was great, actually got to sit with our friends and talk, while the kids played.  Couldn’t get them to leave.  Love the colorful and whimsical decor!  Friendly and helful staff too.

Yelp User ‘5 stars’- Ann F., Walnut Creek, CA 2009  I truly cannot say enough good things about this place. We go a couple of times a week (whenever possible), and every element is consistently great.

Things That Rock:
** Super clean, charming setting that ideal for kids & parents
** Amazingly, friendly & helpful staff that love their jobs
** Delicious food, including healthy options that taste decadent
** Free Wi-Fi is a great bonus — Mommy can Facebook, etc. while the little guys plays with lots of cool toys
** Choice of wine/beer or coffee makes it a perfect place to meet up
** Reasonably priced — $6 for 2 hours of semi-supervised care

It continues to evolve, and we all look forward to our visits at LSC no matter how often we go. Oh, and the easy parking just adds to the appeal.

Yelp User ‘4 stars’ – Ann B., Lafayette, CA  Just went here for the first time this morning. I thought it was very clean and had a great variety of toys/activities for my toddler. It was nice to sit and actually chat with an adult while my daughter played (watching her through the window).

The vegan scone was so-so, won’t get that again. I thought the latte was great. The “admission” price is a little steep in my opinion, so I’m not sure how often we will come.

Yelp User ‘4 stars’ – Trish B., East Bay, CA  Met my mom’s  group here on a Friday morning. You can actually have a meal and watch the kids playing through the glass.  Staff monitors the play area too. Lots of fun stuff to do.  Just wish the floor was carpeted or foamy instead of industrial linoleum. The bathroom was clean and well-stocked. The menu has something for everyone including beer and wine! The coffee cake was very tasty and generously portioned. The organic Numi tea was yummy too. Very awesome place to kill a couple of hours and tire out the little ones.

Yelp User ‘3 stars’ – Candy C, Fremont, CA  I just had to check out it since I missed a play date with my sis-in-law and nephews last Tuesday. It was a rainy Friday morning so I decided to bring my 18 month old son here after dropping off my daughter at school.

We arrived at around 10:00 and already the place had a handful of parents and children bustling about. You enter the place, someone greets you from the counter and hands you a menu, and invite you to take a seat where ever and someone will be right with you to take your order.

Immediately my son (who I thought would be too shy to do anything) began exploring the place – from the grocery area to the Little Star Town, including the kitchen area behind the check out counter (this is a no-no! not allowed there, although they do have a PLAY kitchen area). He rode the little cars, pushed the mini grocery cart, went down the baby slide, ran around the place, etc. etc. while I sat, watched the Food Network on one of the big screen t.v.’s, and ate a combo breakfast consisting of pancakes, two sausages, scrambled eggs, and a cup of hot gunpowder tea.

I agree with the fact that this place is geared to accommodate toddlers, and toddlers only. It’s a good size play area, but I think kids three and above will easily lose interest after awhile. This is definitely a cool spot where my boy and I can hang out on Friday mornings when his big sis is in school. We came at a good time because it wasn’t too busy. I like how Trader Joe’s is just around the corner.

The staff is friendly and the place is clean; like I said, a cool place to kick it with my 18 month old =.)

In the NEWS:

“Dining Around With Gene Burns”GraceAnn Walden sits in for Gene Burns on KGO AM810’s “Dining Around With Gene Burns”.  Restaurant reviews; Marc and Jennifer of Little Star Café in Walnut Creek, a kids’ café with good food. For more than 20 years, GraceAnn Walden has been a professional writer contributing to the Wine Spectator, Sunset and the San Francisco Chronicle, where she created the popular “Inside Scoop” column. She is the author of seven restaurant guidebooks and a cookbook “86 Recipes San Francisco.” She has contributed stories to two Travelers Tales books.

San Francisco Chronicle  Little Star Café was voted Top 5 Best Family Restaurants in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Contra Costa Times  Little Star Café was featured in an article by the Contra Costa Times as a “new kid-friendly eatery in Walnut Creek”. Check out the article at http://www.contracostatimes.com.

From the land of cookies (cookie decorating parties for kids, desserts & cookies by the dozen…

Holiday Cookie Decorating party at Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA  “Thank you so much for coming out for our event! It was truly enjoyed by all who attended! We have received so much positive feedback and everyone loved the cookies!” Lisa Denny, Platform Experience, Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA

Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Crow Canyon Country Club, San Ramon, CA  “…everyone had a great time decorating of gingerbread houses! Thank you again, so much, for coming in and making it such a
wonderful event.” Christina Doell, Member Relations Director, Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville, CA

Gingerbread House Center Piece at Women’s Golf Club  “The gingerbread houses were a HUGE hit! People told me they were the best centerpieces ever.” Brenda Reynolds, Women’s Golf Club, Danville, CA

Bat Mitzvah at the Claremont Country Club, Piedmont, CA Thank you so much!!! It went great and people absolutely loved it. The cookies that I saw were adorable and I know that it was fun for everyone… I enjoyed planning with you. Thanks again. Elisa Goody, Mom, Piedmont, CA

Frog Cookie Favors for a 2-year old boy’s birthday party The cookies were absolutely adorable, and a huge hit! I have been meaning to call to thank you… Thanks again for everything! Alena Nelson, Mom, Pleasant Hill, CA


Princess Castle & Spooky House birthday party for 6-year old twins “I think the cookies were a big hit. The mothers that were there were raving about the party to me at school on Monday and the kids also told Robbie and Madison what a great party they had. Thank you very much!” Heather Lester, Mom, Antioch, CA

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