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When my Gmail class was finished at noon on April 8th I decided to eat in the Jackson Cafe. I chose the main meal offered that day. I must compliment you. What a delicious meal you provided. Poached salmon encased in puff pastry seasoned lightly with dill, new potatoes and perfectly cooked vegetables. For dessert bread pudding and coffee. I doubt any 5 star restaurant could have done it as well. Congratulations and thank you very much. What an asset you are to the Whistlestop Community.”

-Gloria M.

Whistletop’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 de jour and a variety of other favorite lunch dishes. Jackson Café is open to the public, Monday–Friday, 11:30am to 2:00pm. Prices for entrées for those 60 and better are around $5 for a full meal (slightly higher for those under 60). 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. Read the Marin IJ article about the Jackson Café, click here. Read the Fresh Starts Culinary article about Jackson Cafe, click here.


Assorted Entrees served at Jackson CafeYou 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.

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.


People eating in a CafeHow can I find the menu specials for next week?

Weekly entrée specials are posted on our website. From the home page, click on View our Menu.

Do you publish a monthly menu?

No.  In order to offer seasonal specialties, we think it’s best to remain flexible and take advantage of what’s fresh and looking good on a weekly basis.

Who is the chef?

His name is Rocky Packard and he joined us in November 2010. Whistlestop recently 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.

Can I order take-out?  

Yes, no problem.  We suggest that you bring your own reusable bag as a great way to reduce waste.

Do people with developmental disabilities qualify for the discounted price?

Yes, if  they are 60 or better. Our price break is based on age.

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

Please call and make a reservation at 456-9062.  These popular monthly events fill up quickly because of the great meals and wonderful entertainment often provided by Bread and Roses.

Do you offer catered breakfast meetings?

We sure do.  Currently a Rotary group meets here as well as Business Network International.  Please contact us for more information.

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.


This week’s entreé specials

Week: April 27  to May 1,  open Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Vegetarian Entree of the Week: Double-Baked Potato.

Friday, April 24Salmon with Lemon-Butter Sauce
Monday, April 27Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday, April 28Pot Roast
Wednesday, April 29Pork Loin with Chimichurri
Thursday, April 30Roast Game Hens with Orange Gastrique
Friday, May 1Salmon Napoleon with Tomato-Tarragon Sauce
The Jackson Café features daily specials and a regular menu of delicious delicacies.

Recipes from Rocky’s Pantry

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Especiales de entrada de esta semana

Semana: Abril 27 a Mayo 1, abrimos 11:30-2:00.

Friday, April 24Salmon with Lemon-Butter Sauce
Monday, April 27Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday, April 28Pot Roast
Wednesday, April 29Pork Loin with Chimichurri
Thursday, April 30Roast Game Hens with Orange Gastrique
Friday, May 1Salmon Napoleon with Tomato-Tarragon Sauce
El Café Jackson características especiales del día y un menú regular de deliciosos manjares.

Recetas de la despensa de Rocky

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