Restaurant Affiliates

The El Cajon Project

Every year we have the pleasure of working with some of the most talented chefs in some of the finest restaurants in the Bay Area. This year, the El Cajon Project has the following restaurants participating in the program. We continually add restaurants to our team, based on the needs of our student population and location. Many restaurants have worked with us for over ten years. We look forward to adding many more restaurants to our team!

Participating Restaurants

Alexander's Patisserie Mountain View
Alexander's Patisserie
Chef Dries Delanghe
Nestled alongside bookstores, boutiques and art galleries, Alexander's Patisserie Mountain View stands out as a premier location for coffee, sweet treats and a wonderful experience. Each indulgence is made with the highest quality ingredients. Our assortment and flavors rotate to highlight the best of each season.

Right: Born and raised in Belgium, Chef Dries Delanghe began a passion for baking at the age of 14.

Alexander's Steakhouse
Alexander's Steakhouse
Chef Jared Montarbo
Alexander's Steakhouse offers fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence located in Cupertino, CA.

Right: Executive Chef Jared Montarbo, a Bay Area native,​ was introduced to cooking at a very young age in ​the kitchen of his family home. ​H​​is mentor and teacher was his ​​grandmother, from whom he learned about beautiful, fresh ingredients and the power of good food and​ ​company.

Chez TJ
Chez TJ
Chez TJ, a 2 star Michelin restaurant, along with executive chef Jarad Gallagher offer contemporary French cuisine located near downtown Mountain View, CA.

Dry Creek Grill
Dry Creek Grill
Dry Creek Grill Great steaks, succulent pit smoked barbeque, and mouth watering burgers ground in house daily. Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced seafood and salads. Simply prepared. Showcasing the pure abundance from the land and sea.

Mario Ortega
Mario Ortega
Evvia along with executive chef Mario Ortega brings the warmth and charm of Greece to the Silicon Valley located in Palo Alto, CA.

Fleur de Lys
Fleur de Lys
Chef Hubert Keller
Hubert Keller
Fleur De Lys has closed after 25 years. Executive chef/owner Hubert Keller now operates Burger Bar, with locations in San Francisco, CA and Las Vegas, NV.

Los Altos Golf & Country Club
Los Altos
Golf & Country Club
Chef Gary Roth
Gary Roth
Los Altos Golf & Country Club along with world famous executive chef Gary Roth offer creative menus that reflect the best of each season, using the freshest of local produce located in Los Altos, CA.

Mama Mia’s Ristorante Italiano
Mama Mia’s
Ristorante Italiano
Mama Mia’s Ristorante Italiano, where great friends and great food meet, with locations in Felton, Campbell, Gilroy & Morgan Hill, CA.

Rebekah's Kneaded Bread
Rebekah's Kneaded Bread
Chef Carlos Pineda
Rebekah's Kneaded Bread is the social enterprise of Rebekah’s Culinary Academy which is owned and operated by Rebekah Children’s Services, a non-profit mental health agency for children and families based in Gilroy, California, USA.

Right: Chef Carlos Pineda

Restaurant 1833
Chef Levi Mezick
Levi Mezick
Photo: Nic Court,
Monterey County Weekly
Restaurant 1833 along with Executive Chef Levi Mezick, the Coastal Luxury Mangament duo of Rob Weakley and David Bernahl, and General Manager and Board Member of El Cajon Project Tobias Peach offer you a restaurant experience yet to be had in the Monterey Area. The restaurant is housed in one of the towns historic adobe buildings filled with charm and character. The menu offers a taste of casual elegance bound to leave you wanting more.

The Sea
The Sea
THE SEA By Alexander's Steakhouse is the bay area's premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Yu Min Lin blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea's menu into the extraordinary. Experience The Sea at its best.

Stanford Park Hotel Menlo Grill Bistro and Bar
Stanford Park Hotel
Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar
Stanford Park Hotel Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar Tucked away in the tranquil grounds of the Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar is a classic American grill with a warm, inviting local vibe that fits right in with its Stanford University locale. Unpretentious and under the radar, this Palo Alto restaurant is a Silicon Valley favorite—a place where ideas are hatched and deals are done. Featuring Chef Francisco Quintana.

True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen Welcome to True Food Kitchen - A health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness. Our open kitchen brings guests closer to our culinary craft while showcasing that there’s nothing secret about the way we prepare our dishes. Featuring Chef Michael Zeem and Chef Chandon Clenard.