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Overview

Whistlestop’s Jackson Café, across from the bus depot in central San Rafael, is a collaboration with Homeward Bound of Marin’s Fresh Starts Culinary Academy. Meals are prepared by Fresh Starts culinary students and served by Whistlestop volunteers. Jackson Café is open to the public and offers a wonderful place to relax and enjoy lunch with friends. The meals are fresh, affordable, and delicious. The daily menu includes a hot main entrée, soup du jour and a variety of other favorite lunch dishes.

Jackson Café is open to the public, MondayFriday, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Prices for entrées for Whistlestop members are $6.00, and for non-members $8.00.

The restaurant kitchen and dining room are also available for rental and catering. The central San Rafael location is ideal for club breakfast meetings, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties and corporate events.  For more information, please contact us. To read a Fresh Starts Culinary Academy article about Jackson Cafe, click here.

Catering

Jackson CaféYou may have seen the rave reviews about the Jackson Cafe’s delicious, fresh food. We are happy to custom cater breakfast, lunch, or receptions on-site at Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center for your group. Each group has special needs, so menus and pricing are determined specifically for you. Off-site catering is not available at this time.

Typical catered menus:

Breakfast – Eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes, yogurt, fresh fruit, homemade scones, cereals, oatmeal, orange and cranberry juices, coffee and hot tea. Lunch – Special entrees, deli sandwiches, salads, soup, burgers, iced tea, sodas, and desserts. Receptions – Platters of fresh vegetables and dips, green or pasta salads, lavosh wraps, fruit platter, brownies and cookies. Please call to discuss your needs with our staff: 415-456-9062.

FAQs

Jackson Café

How can I find the menu specials for next week?

Weekly entrée specials are posted on our website. Click on the “Menu” tab above.

Do you publish a monthly menu?

In order to offer seasonal specialties, we think it is best to remain flexible and take advantage of what is fresh and looking good on a weekly basis.

Who is the chef?

His name is Luis Realpozo and he joined us in November 2014. Whistlestop embarked on a strategic partnership with Homeward Bound of Marin to operate the Jackson Café. This enabled us to offer fresh, nutritious, delicious, and creative meal selections while offering on-the-job training to graduates of Homeward Bound’s Fresh Starts Culinary Academy.

Is Jackson Café only for seniors?

Not at all!  Everyone is welcome to enjoy our very affordable meals.

What are your hours?

The Jackson Café is open weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 11:30am – 2:00 pm. (Please place order by 1:45 pm.)

Can I order take-out?  

Yes, no problem. Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to take phone or web orders at this time, but when you order take-out at our cafe, it is prepared and ready to go just as quickly as if you were dining in the restaurant. Please bring your own reusable bag.

Do people with developmental disabilities qualify for the discounted price?

Yes, if they are 60 or better and sign-up for membership. Our price break is based on Whistlestar membership.

How do I ensure a seat at the monthly Special Luncheons?

Please drop by the front office to purchase a ticket. These popular monthly events, from Oktoberfest to Thanksgiving dinner, fill up quickly because of the great meals and wonderful entertainment. Members whom purchase in advance will receive a discounted price.

Do you rent the Jackson Café for private events?

Yes. The facility is available for morning, evening and weekend rentals for both the dining room and the commercial kitchen. Please contact us for details.

Menu

This week’s entreé specials

Week: December 11-December 15, 2017, open Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m

Monday, December 11Chicken Piccata
Tuesday, December 12Meatloaf
Wednesday, December 13Chicken Paella
Thursday, December 14Beef Medallions
Friday, December 15Honey Glazed Salmon
Vegetarian EntreeRatatoilli
Salad of the WeekBLT Salad
The Jackson Café features daily specials and a regular menu of delicious delicacies.

Especiales de entrada de esta semana

Semana: del 11 al 15 de Deciembre, abrimos 11:30-2:00.  

Monday, December 11Chicken Piccata
Tuesday, December 12Meatloaf
Wednesday, December 13Chicken Paella
Thursday, December 14Beef Medallions
Friday, December 15Honey Glazed Salmon
Vegetarian EntreeRatatoilli
Salad of the WeekBLT Salad
 El Café Jackson estrena especiales del día y un menú habitual de comidas sabrosas.