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7th Fall Resto & Shop Walk

A server carrying plated food to a table

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of food and shopping? That’s part of the idea behind the Annual Fall Restaurant & Shop Walk, one of the most delightful events on the Autumn calendar for residents of the apartments in San Francisco and across the Bay Area.

This yearly spectacular gives the town of Pleasanton a reason to come tour downtown and marvel at the wondrous architecture. It also provides ample opportunity to do some evening shopping at the various boutique stores, all the while sampling the small bites and refreshing beverages served fresh from downtown's most notable restaurants.

If this sounds like your kind of night out, read on, as we give you a glimpse of what you can expect come September 25th, along with a bit of background on the major players who help make this event a success year after year.

More About the Annual Fall Restaurant & Shop Walk

The Fall Restaurant & Shop Walk is now in its 7th year, and, according to official promotional material, will:

“Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure visiting over 20 participating shops & restaurants to enjoy a fantastic variety of small bites & beverages while strolling and shopping in beautiful downtown Pleasanton, California.”

Who are those 20 participating businesses? The Pleasanton Lions Club has provided a helpful map listing the event’s contributors, along with their offerings for the big night:

  • The Pleasanton Hotel — Duck Pastrami Canape
  • The Bungalow — Happy Hour Menu, Wine, Hors d’Oeuvres, Raffle
  • Andy & Yu’s — Vegetable Egg Rolls and Orange Chicken
  • Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen — Pulled Pork Nuggets w/Chipotle BBQ Sauce & House-Made Slaw
  • Renee Huber State Farm — Wine & Desserts
  • Strizzi’s — Shrimp & Scallop Risotto, BBQ Pulled Pork + BBQ Chicken Sliders from Rigatoni Red Smoke Grill
  • Girlfriends Boutique — Wine & Appetizers, 20% Storewide Discount
  • Sabio on Main — Seasonal Californian Tapas
  • Nanni’s Bistro — Smoked Salmon & Chef’s Choice Soup
  • Frontier Spice — Tandoori Mix Grill
  • Pasta’s Trattoria — Rigatoni Napolitano
  • Forno Vecchio — House-Made Foccacia Olive Bread
  • Experience Burma — Tea Leaf Salad, Samusa, Beef Kebat, Lemongrass Chicken
  • Comercia Bank — Ice Cream Floats
  • Cellar Door — Wine
  • Meadowlark Dairy — Small Frosty Cone
  • Baci Bistro & Bar — Seasonal Menu Creations
  • Passionate Athlete — Wine & Chocolates
  • Gourmet Works — House-Made Chocolate Truffles
  • Cocina Mexico — Roasted Corn & Chorizo Salad

Judging by the buzz from previous iterations of the Restaurant & Shop Walk, this year’s event should be a good showing, with lots of locals in attendance and an excellent chance to help foster a sense of community. Adding to that sense of community-building spirit is the fact that a portion of ticket sales will go to funding “projects and charities supported by the Pleasanton Lions Club,” something we’ll touch on in more detail later.

How You Can Get Tickets

Tickets for the event are $25, and you can procure them in one of several ways. You could, according to the Pleasanton Downtown Association’s official page for the Restaurant & Shop Walk, get your tickets directly from these business owners:

Renee Huber; State Farm Insurance; 312 Saint Mary Street; (925) 484-2222

Karen Neuer, Open Door Realty; 555 Peters Avenue, Suite 115; (925) 858-0246

Pam Grimes; (925) 872-7552

Alternatively, you could head to the Pleasanton Lions Club’s Brown Paper Ticket page for the event, which will then give you the option of redeeming your ticket purchase for an event passport at the Will Call office on Saint Mary Street, or printing said tickets from the confirmation email you will receive.

Regardless of how you get your tickets, however, you’ll probably want to act sooner rather than later. Availability is limited, and with a popular event like this demand for securing a spot is high.

The Organizations Behind the Scenes

In large part, you’ll have to give credit for organizing the much-lauded Annual Fall Restaurant & Shop Walk to the Pleasanton Lions Club, a fixture in the Tri-Valley area since the 1930s. If you weren’t already aware, Lions Clubs across the world are dedicated to helping individuals improve their communities and promote international understanding through dedicated volunteer work. In Pleasanton, specifically, their mission is quite a high-minded one:

“To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors. To aid others by giving our sympathy to those in distress, our aid to the weak, and our substance to the needy.”

Part of that rather worthwhile goal is fundraisers like the Restaurant & Shop Walk. We mentioned earlier that the event serves as a fundraiser for programs and charities the Lions Club helps support. You can view a list of those specific programs right on the Lions Club website, and take a bit of pride in the fact that your ticket purchase(s) will go toward assisting these varied community initiatives.

The Restaurant & Shop Walk is also made possible by the Pleasanton Downtown Association. This group of downtown businesses is dedicated to preserving the history of Pleasanton’s well-respected downtown area, while simultaneously educating the community on what makes it so great and maintaining its splendor.

Helping host events like this one is a big part of their mission — making the community feel welcome and fostering a greater sense of unity among Pleasanton citizens. Through specialized committees and dedicated volunteers, they take their goals even further, so if you ever find yourself interested in getting involved, you’d might want to check out all the fine work that they’ve been doing.

All Part of What Makes the Apartments in San Francisco Great

It’s fun events like this that make living in places like Vintage such a treat. Beyond the pristine ground and fabulous, contemporary living spaces, there’s a whole wide world of Bay Area excitement for you to explore.

From evenings out exploring historic downtowns like Pleasanton’s to lazy days on the water and beyond — there’s no shortage of excitement to be had. Make this a part of your everyday; check out what Vintage has to offer you today.