The Barron Park Association

Mar 162018

For those interested in more discussion, the BPA Annual Meeting/Potluck can be a great place for information sharing.

Information tables on various Barron Park topics will be available Sunday March 18th at the BPA Annual Meeting/Potluck 2-4pm/ BP Elementary School.

Thank you Richard Placone for organizing a table on El Camino Issues!
Fry’s Site info will also be available: maps, application for site committee
Other topics include: Cool Block, Verizon Cell Towers, E- Prep
Reminder- Guest Speakers:  Police Chief Robert Jonsen & Emergency Prep.
Mar 082018

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2-4 p.m.

Barron Park Association Annual Meeting and Potluck!

Barron Park Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room

800 Barron Avenue

Featured topic: Emergency Preparedness and Safety

with special guest Police Chief Robert Jonsen


Join us for a useful and informative afternoon! Meet the new Palo Alto Police Chief and BPA board members. There will also be separate breakout sessions for other local topics of interest.

All Barron Park residents are welcome. Coffee, tea, soft drinks provided. Please bring a snack for our potluck table.

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Jan 172018

The winning Chakraborty family has generously shared their appetizer recipe. Serves 4 appetizer portions.
Feel free to try it at home! 

Soy-Garlic-Honey NY Strip Steak and Sesame Grilled Asparagus with Pumpkin “Wasabi” 

Soy-Garlic-Honey New York Strip Steak (2 Day Preparation) 

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
4 cloves garlic
1 New York strip steak 1/3-1/2 lb.

Day 1
Crush, peel, and mince garlic. Whisk together soy and honey. Place steak in a Ziploc bag, pour soy sauce and honey over, and add garlic. Squeeze out excess air, seal, and marinate overnight in the fridge.

Day 2
Complete Pumpkin “Wasabi” and Sesame grilled asparagus (see instructions below), then remove the steak, being careful to reserve the remaining marinade. Add marinade to a pot and bring to boil, then lower heat and condense to a glaze. Grill the steak to medium rare. Allow to rest for 5-7 minutes. Proceed to assembly.

Pumpkin “Wasabi”
(measurements are approximate)
1 sugar pumpkin
2 Tbsp. horseradish mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
Dash of soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice pumpkin in half, remove seeds and stringy, spongy innards. Place halves cut side down on a baking sheet with sides; fill the baking sheet with 1/2-inch water. Bake until the flesh softens, so that the pumpkin is easily dented when the skin is pushed (approximately 1 hour). Let cool, and then scoop out 2 cups of pumpkin flesh. Mash with a fork and gradually blend in horseradish mustard, soy sauce, and honey to taste (one should not consciously taste the soy sauce or honey; the salt and sweetness enhances the flavors of pumpkin and horseradish). Proceed to assembly.

Sesame Grilled Asparagus
1 bunch asparagus
2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Wash asparagus and break off hard ends. Place in a wide bowl or ceramic container. Boil water and blanch asparagus for 3-5 minutes depending on thickness. Asparagus should remain crisp; start checking once the green becomes more vibrant under the boiling water. Do not overcook. Drain and dry asparagus, place on grill, and brush with sesame oil. Remove when asparagus skin has blistered. Proceed to assembly.

Break out “Chakraborty Chef’s Wine” (optional): California Cabernet or Pinot Noir, or Martinelli’s Apple Juice (if employing underage sous-chefs). Open bottles and pour glasses, being careful to match libations to intended recipients. Sip throughout the cooking process (to taste). Proceed to assembly.


Set out 4 plates and place 1/3 cup of the pumpkin “wasabi” in the center of each. Slice the NY strip steak on the bias, and arrange 3 slices along with 3 asparagus spears on top. Drizzle or brush glaze on the steak and asparagus, then around each plate.


Dec 042017

There will be a senior lunch on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Cibo’s restaurant at 1 :00 PM.

The cost is $20 and includes tax, tip and a drink. Menu choices have to be pre ordered, so anyone interested in getting the details, please contact Julie Spengler at 493-9151 or email at

Reservations have to be in by Friday, Dec.8th, so let us know your plans as soon as possible.

As usual, we will be in the private room at Cibo’s and our neighborhood couple, Gary and Jena, will entertain us with accordion music and lead us in a Christmas sing along. We always look forward to this event to get into the Holiday spirit.

Hope to see many of you there.

Dec 012017

The Barron Park Association “Services List” contains BPA members who wish to offer a service or skill to local residents. The list includes:tutors, pet care, music/sport/fitness/art lessons,  computer services, ride-shares, repair services, gardening, housekeeping, tailoring, notary etc. Childcare and babysitting will remain on the BPA Babysitter List.

If you would like to offer a service or baby sitting listing, please email list coordinator Lisa Berkowitz Landers at

Link to current Service List:Barron Park Area Service List September 2017