Just around a big corner from the 7 Mile House — well, about a mile up Geneva Avenue —, you can be reminded, in grand style, both why the Cow Palace is called what it is, and where the protein comes for the Cow Palace Burgers Eating Challenge, which the 7 Mile has been hosting for the past several weeks. And there’s much, much more to see under the giant curved roof this coming weekend: champion livestock (hogs and sheep, as well as the cows and steers), andscores of cowboys and cowgirls in jeans and stetsons in a variety of events of competitive skill and stamina, involving some of those steers as well as horses and even a few dogs. It’s the 75th anniversary of the opening of the ginormous Cow Palace, and the 70th of the annual Grand National Rodeo, of which this year’s installment began this past weekend. “In our culture, the Cow Palace is a great honor to work at,” commented Matt Merritt, the Rodeo’s designated Clown or Entertainer, during a press tour preceding opening day. “And that’s simply because these bucking chutes, which I’m leaning on right now, have seen every Hall of Famer in our sport.” Matt, who hails from Minden, Louisiana, points out to folks watching baseball or football in sports bars that, “A lot of people don’t view us a sport, but we are, a major sport. And we know that San Francisco is a great sports town, with world championship after world championship in many things.” (Well, Matt, not in all things, every year.) The rodeo, of course, is actually several sports, involving riding, roping, racing, and wrestling (steers). “There’s a lot of down time between events, and the audience pays good money to be entertained, so I work hand-in-hand with the Announcer to do off-the hip comedy”, Matt explains. The Rodeo also incorporates a livestock and agricultural exposition, a marketplace of clothing and gear, and award ceremonies, which this year honored Melanie Fowle, a cattlewoman from Scott Valley who has also taught AP English at Etna High School, in California’s Siskiyou County. Of course, there’s alsoWestern Barbecue and music, ending the activities on Friday and Saturday. Earlier next Friday, you’ll see the Mustang Act managed by cowboy Bobby Kerr, from Hico, Texas. Bobby introduced the press to Cinch, one of his newer horses, named both for a part of the saddle and for the brand of jeans and Western shirts which sponsors the act. The mustangs roam free over government land in California and Nevada, and Cinch is “still very herd-bound,” Bobby points out. “You take him away from the other horses and he gets nervous, but he loves people and he’s getting better every weekend. He’s probably more athletic than some of the other’s I’ve got, and I’m looking for that. I broke him to ride, I’ve worked cattle with him, he can already lay down and dip, lope circles, and change leads.” Bobby’s daughter Kelsey assists her dad with equine management, and was impressed by having ridden her horse, Trigger (named for movie star Roy Rogers’ mount) out into the Cow Palace arena for the first time. “It’s an honor, knowing the people that have been there,” she testifies. “And the horses feel the energy, the way they’ll feel the crowds, they know it’s different.” --- Jeff Kaliss
7 Mile House Announces ‘2nd Annual Cow Palace Burger Eating Challenge’ Winner To Be Crowned At Cow Palace Grand National Rodeo, Plus 1 Year Supply of Cow Palace Burger
Brisbane, CA - September 19, 2016 - The historic 7 Mile House restaurant announces ‘2nd Annual Cow Palace Burger Eating Challenge’ beginning tomorrow - September 20, 2016, in partnership with the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center, and The 70th Annual Grand National Rodeo. People may participate by dining in at 7 Mile House and ordering the Cow Palace Burger; those who finish the entire burger (see contest rules), will receive one ticket to the Grand National Rodeo and be invited to compete in the semi-finals taking place at 7 Mile House, on October 13, 2016. Five winners from the semi-finals will compete in the finals for the crown of ‘Cow Palace Burger King’ on October 22, 2016 at the Grand National Rodeo. The crowned winner will receive a one-year supply of Cow Palace Burger meals, a commemorative Cow Palace 75th Anniversary watch, and bragging rights for the entire year.
“The Cow Palace Burger meal consists of a double Angus patty, onion rings, bacon, sautéed onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo with BBQ sauce and a side of fries, and was added to our menu about four years ago in honor of the iconic arena and event center. Customers often reminisce about the circus and livestock animals parading up Geneva avenue, beginning across the street from the restaurant, up to the Cow Palace Arena”. Although the parade of animals no longer takes place, we’re neighbors and our connection to the Cow Palace is undeniable”, shares owner, Vanessa Garcia. “Since we added the Cow Palace Burger to our menu, it was featured on Destination America's ‘United States of Bacon’ show, and has become one of our most popular items to order.”
The semi-finals event will take place on October 13 at 7:30pm. A rodeo themed night will also double as the opening night party for the Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show, and Rodeo which takes place from October 14-15, and 21-22. Miss Grand National Rodeo, and mustang trainer extraordinaire, Bobby Kerr, will be at 7 Mile House for a meet and greet; and a country music band will be providing live entertainment. Brisbane Mayor Pro Tem, Lori Liu, will be presenting the Cow Palace with a 75 year proclamation at 6:30pm.
The five winners will then compete in the finals taking place the following weekend, on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, at 6pm. The finalists will be challenged on stage at the Grand National Livestock Expo’s Western Marketplace. Both events are free to attend.
For more information about the Cow Palace Burger eating challenge rules and event details, visit www.7milehouse.com/cowpalaceburgerking. For more information about the Cow Palace and The Grand National Rodeo visit www.cowpalace.com.
RULES TO GET INTO SEMIFINALS on Oct 13
- Must finish the burger AND fries.
- You may request to omit mayonnaise and BBQ sauce, nothing else. Any additions are fine. Upgrades to garlic fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings are ok but not salad
- No sharing. Only one person must eat the Cow Palace Burger.
- No time limit
- Must post photo of contestant and empty plate on any social media and tag us on FB/IG or Twitter. Use #cowpalaceburgerking #cowpalaceburgerchallenge #7milehouse
- If you finish the burger and fries you receive a ticket to the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace to enter anytime on one of these dates: Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22
- One rodeo ticket per person, per year
- You are invited to join the semifinals on Oct. 13 2016 at 8pm at 7 Mile House, which will give you a chance to go to the finals on Oct. 22 at the Cow Palace
- 5 fastest contestants will go to the Finals
RULES FOR FINALS on Oct. 22
- Fastest one to eat one Cow Palace Burger and Fries wins
- Winner gets:
-- one year supply of Cow Palace Burgers
--- one per day
--- dine in only
--- add cheese ok. Other upgrades are additions to be charged.
--- no sharing
-- Cowboy hat with crown that says "Cow Palace Burger King"
-- Plaque & photo of winner to be posted on 7 Mile House wall
-- A chance to compete in the 2017 Cow Palace Burger Eating Contest
About 7 Mile House: Established in 1853, the historic 7 Mile House is a family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue, serving up a unique mix of homestyle Italian/American/Filipino food. Located in the San Francisco/Bay Area for over 160 years, 7 Mile House is the only mile house left standing in its original location; and has a colorful history from its rebel days in the 1800s, to a trucker/biker hangout, and an infamous sports gambling joint in the 80s. Today, they are the most popular restaurant and bar in the neighborhood boasting great food, drinks, sports via satellite and live entertainment every single night. www.7milehouse.com #cowpalaceburgerking #7milehouse
About the Cow Palace Arena & Event Center: The Cow Palace Arena & Event Center serves as a venue for a variety of events including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, consumer shows, trade shows and sports; as well as a variety of community, religious and charitable events. Now celebrating their 75th year anniversary, the Cow Palace continues to serve the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the State of California. Home of the Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show, and Rodeo. www.cowpalace.com
About the Grand National Rodeo: The Cow Palace was created in 1941 as the 1-A District Agricultural Association, and as part of its mission produces the annual ‘Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo’. It is the West’s most prestigious western lifestyle event attracting thousands of participants and fans from seven western states. This year, the Grand National Livestock Expositions, Horse Show, and Rodeo takes place over two weekends, October 1415 and 2122. The livestock expo, horse show, and western marketplace are FREE to attend for the general public, while tickets to the Grand National Rodeo show can be purchased online at www.cowpalace.com.
7 Mile House
2800 Bayshore Blvd.
Brisbane, CA 94005
7 Mile House is happy to announce we'll be hosting a booth at this year's KCSM Jazz on the Hill annual jazz festival!
Come by the booth for an artist meet and greet with some of your favorite 7 Mile jazz musicians including Dave Bendigkeit, Don Alberts, Vince Lateano, and Melissa Morgan. Plus we'll have merchandise for sale, giveaways, and more! RSVP on Facebook
12PM Dave Bendigkeit
1PM Melissa Morgan
2PM Vince Lateano
3PM Andrew Speight
4PM Don Alberts
*Jazz Appreciation Club members can pick up their 'club card' at the booth along with a customized 7 Mile House wine bottle opener. If you're not a member of our Jazz Appreciation Club sign up here > 7milehouse.com/jazz/
More info about Jazz on the Hill:
KCSM Jazz 91 invites you to spend the with us at Jazz On The Hill! This day-long celebration is our gift to you, our jazz community, to thank you for the support you've given to your favorite jazz station: KCSM 91.1 FM. Join us at College of San Mateo campus for live jazz with a great line-up of musicians who cover many genres of jazz from straight-ahead, blues, to Latin and more!
Dynamic Jazz Singer Melissa Morgan Announces
Bay Area Summer Performances at 7 Mile House
Historic Venue To Host Morgan May - August
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, BRISBANE, CA - The historic 7 Mile House has quickly become a haven for world class jazz musicians in the SF/Bay Area and is bringing the next generation to the stage with the soulful sounds of up-and-coming jazz singer, Melissa Morgan <http://www.mtv.com/artists/melissa-morgan-2/biography/>. Having recorded with the likes of Grammy Award nominee trumpeter, Christian Scott, and Morgan’s recent signing onto the award-winning label, Big Noise <http://www.bignoisenow.com/melissamorgan.html>, catching Morgan croon in an intimate space will be a summer destination for jazz aficionados. All four powerful shows fall on a Tuesday and are scheduled on May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, and August 16th, beginning at 7pm.
"It is so empowering to have a champion show up to say, ‘I believe in you, I support you and I want you to shine,’” shares Morgan. “Vanessa Garcia has certainly been a champion for me in the Bay Area and attracts only warm audiences who love her food and the music. 7 Mile is truly a jazz house that feels like home."
“Melissa is blessed with the voice of a blues siren and the presence of a jazz diva. She's a perfect fit for 7 Mile House's weekly jazz program, which has been drawing the best of the Bay Area’s jazz masters, as well as younger performers and audiences of all ages. It’s a reminder of how timeless good music is.” -Jeff Kaliss, music writer and 7 Mile House Jazz Ambassador.
7 Mile House's Jazz Program is nine years strong and is continuously growing with a repertoire of notable Bay Area veteran artists who are featured three times a week, including Vince Lateano, Al Molina, Dave Bendigkeit and Andrew Speight. The venue recently launched a Jazz Appreciation Club, giving members exclusive perks and priority seating during jazz shows. 7 Mile House is a unique Bay Area experience for locals and travellers alike, and is becoming known for bringing world class jazz artists into its intimate setting (conveniently located in between downtown San Francisco and SFO International Airport, off the 101 Freeway).
Melissa Morgan Residency - May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, August 16th (All fall on a Tuesday)
Show begins 7pm - 10pm
Admission - Free (*Reservations recommended)
7 Mile House
2800 Bayshore Blvd.
Brisbane, CA 94005
About 7 Mile House: Established in 1853, the historic 7 Mile House is a family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue, serving a unique mix of homestyle Italian, American, and Filipino food. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 160 years, 7 Mile House is the only mile house left standing in its original location, and boasts a colorful history, from its rebel days in the 1800s, to its notoriety as an underground “gambling den” in the 1980s. Today, they are the most popular restaurant and bar in the neighborhood, boasting great food, drinks, sports via satellite and live entertainment every single night.
Peninsula Mile House Becomes Destination For World Class Jazz Experience
Jazz Community Thrives At 7 Mile House
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Brisbane, CA - With a reputation for bringing world class jazz artists into its intimate setting, 7 Mile House will bring you an experience like no other for this year’s Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), taking place throughout the month of April. As a destination for live music in the Bay Area/Peninsula, 7 Mile House has put together a stellar lineup of JAM events including notable Bay Area veteran artists - Vince Lateano, Al Molina, Dave Bendigkeit and Andrew Speight playing three times a week. Local Jazz station, KCSM, will be guests of honor on Monday, April 11, for their dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of jazz music. In between sets by Dave Bendigkeit’s Keepers of the Flame, KCSM staff and DJ’s will host a jazz themed trivia game with prizes. On Tuesday, April 12, Andrew Speight & Michael Zisman’s Jazz Master & Student Night with San Francisco State will gather both veterans and novices to jam together. 7 Mile House's nine-year strong jazz program continually grows with a newly formed ‘Jazz Appreciation Club’, and a jazz focused blog in partnership with music journalist Jeff Kaliss as 7 Mile’s official “Jazz Ambassador”.
“It was my pleasure and surprise to be dubbed “Jazz Ambassador” at 7 Mile House, It was just in time to greet Jazz Appreciation Month and four weeks full of top notch jazz music and happy fans. Doing one’s duty among friends in an environment like 7 Mile House with good eats, and good drinks, is as good as it gets.” - Jeff Kaliss, music journalist and Jazz Ambassador of 7 Mile House.
“My goal is to bring everyone in, which is why if you look around, it’s a very diverse clientele,” says owner Vanessa Garcia. “We don’t charge a cover, but we do business like musicians, we’re very passionate about people enjoying the music. That feeds our soul, that’s our reward.”
Jazz club info and event calendar details can be found at www.7milehouse.com/jazz #jazzappreciationmonth, #JAMat7Mile
About 7 Mile House: Established in 1853, the historic 7 Mile House is a family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue, serving up a unique mix of homestyle Italian/American/Filipino food. Located in the San Francisco/Bay Area for over 160 years, 7 Mile House is the only mile house left standing in its original location; and has a colorful history from its rebel days in the 1800s, to a trucker/biker hangout, and an infamous sports gambling joint in the 80s. Today, they are the most popular restaurant and bar in the neighborhood boasting great food, drinks, sports via satellite and live entertainment every single night.