Edible East Bay News


A Face/Place Story: Urban Farming in Richmond, California

Read about Rebecca Newburn’s work with the Richmond Seed Library in The Seed Saving Controversy.


 

Zero-Waste Living -

From a plastic-free picnic to a waste-savvy kitchen, here are some events and ideas to help you walk gently on the Earth.

Learn about ways to avoid using plastic at the Ecology Center’s upcoming plastic-free picnic  with author Beth Terry. Photo courtesy of the Ecology Center.

In this newsletter:

● Picnic with the plastic-free crowd – August 1
● Sip and savor at the Urban Wine Xperience – August 1
● Documentary film charts the race toward zero waste – August 6
● Offer up your DIY talents at the Mini Maker Faire – apply through September 1
● Book reviews: Sustainable Picnic

 


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Lose the Plastic

Plastic-Free July wraps up with a picnic at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Join Plastic Free author Beth Terry andEcology Center staff to talk about ways to cut down on the use of disposable plastic. Learn about zero-waste efforts at the farmers’ markets, helpful plastic-free products, and new ideas on designing without plastic. Shop at the market for picnic items or bring a lunch. Free.     Info here

Plastic-Free July Show & Tell, Solutions Share, and Picnic
Saturday August 1, 1–3pm
Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market
Center St between Milvia and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
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Read our story about cutting down on waste at farmers’ markets and retail stores.… Read More

Dive In -

The longer days of summer offer more time to try new things, like exploring new wines, entering a food contest, or heading back to school for a green career.

Food crafters are invited to enter their scrumptious products in the Good Food Awards competition.

Food crafters are invited to enter their scrumptious products in the Good Food Awards competition.

In this newsletter:

●  Sip and savor at the Oakland Wine Festival – July 18
●  Feed your creativity at Berkeley Spark – July 18
●  Enter your product for a Good Food Award – through July 31
●  Green your career or lifestyle at Merritt College
●  Feed your garden with help from the Hungry Bin

 


OWF-Logo-whiteCheers!

The first annual Oakland Wine Festival, making its debut on the Mills College Campus, features acclaimed area winemakers and renowned Oakland chefs. Seminars, tastings, panels, and exquisite wine and food are all on the menu. A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations. Cost varies by event.

Info here

Saturday July 18, 10am–midnight
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

 


 

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Fired Up

Creativity and community engagement are on the front burner at Berkeley Spark 3.0. Located next to the Ecology Center’s Saturday farmers’ market, the event showcases local artisans, food crafters, innovation and technology companies, and nonprofits.… Read More

Swap City -

Share your veggies and meet your neighbors at local crop swaps.

Neighborhood crop swaps are in full swing throughout the East Bay.

In this newsletter:

●  The swaps are hopping!
●  Call for contestants: Be a yardfarmer on reality TV
●  Bake your own amazing bagels with Laurie Leiber
●  Book Review: The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook

 


                              Transition Berkeley hosts a Monday evening swap at the Ohlone Greenway.


Transition Berkeley hosts a Monday evening swap at the Ohlone Greenway.

 

Swapping Spree

Share your garden’s bounty and come home with someone else’s at these free neighborhood crop swaps. Some swaps also encourage trading plant starts, gardening tools and books, recipes, baked goods, and tips on getting more involved in your community. Arrive on time for the best selection.

 


 

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Fame on the Farm

Yardfarmers.us is looking for young Americans (ages 21 to 30-ish) who want to convert their family lawn and neighborhood green spaces into workable yardfarms. Six applicants will be chosen and filmed for an upcoming reality TV show as they spend nine months attempting to make a livelihood out of growing food in their neighborhood, whether it be in a family yard, a churchyard, a schoolyard, street flower boxes, a vacant lot, or any other spaces they find.… Read More

Sugar and Spice -

We have an especially flavorful array of opportunities on this week’s menu. Scroll down to explore all the spices and sweets.

 

Oaktown Spice Shop owners Erica Perez and John Beaver (with daughter Luisa) recently moved their popular shop to a larger space on Grand Avenue. Photo: Erin Scott.

In this newsletter:

●  Oaktown Spice Shop thrives in its new home
●  Get the dirt on hops at Ploughshares Nursery – July 4
●  Peek behind the scenes at Three Stone Hearth – July 12
●  Book Review: Cool cakes for hot days
●  Recipe: Persian Lime Curry Chicken

 


 

The new shop features separate sections for a spice market and a bazaar.  Photos courtesy of Oaktown Spice Shop.

The new shop features separate sections for a spice market and a bazaar.
Photos courtesy of Oaktown Spice Shop.

A Sweet New Space for Spice Lovers

Oaktown Spice Shop is a favored haunt for curious foodies and adventurous home cooks as well as famed chefs and chocolatiers. In fact, demand for the shop’s high-quality culinary herbs and spices has been so great since John Beaver and Erica Perez opened in December 2011 that they have had to expand. With the help of local businesses Arcsine Architecture, White Owl Woodworks, and JBM Construction, they created a new space just a few doors down on Oakland’s Grand Avenue and made the move about two months ago.… Read More

Summer Salad -

Step into the season with a gourmet dinner on the farm and a spectacular arts fair.

 

 Paradise Community Garden leader Shanale (left) and workshop instructor Kiyoko (right) tend their raised beds. Photo courtesy of Audrey Lieberworth.

Paradise Community Garden leader Shanale (left) and workshop instructor Kiyoko (right) tend their raised beds. Photo courtesy of Audrey Lieberworth.

In this newsletter:

●  Shop, taste, and support KPFA – June 20 & 21
●  Join the fun in Paradise – June 21
●  Celebrate Dad’s Day with a pig roast – June 21
●  Mix a drink with the Cocktail Whisperer – June 21
●  Savor a divine dinner at Knoll Farm – June 30
●  Kudos to two local James Beard Award winners
●  Recipe: Fig Chutney made with Knoll Farm figs

 


 

Work by featured artists pictured above (left to right): Karen Brown (jewelry), Eileen Goldenberg (ceramics), Susan Eastman (wearables), Theresa Kwong (jewelry), Katharina Ernst (wearables), Karl Schroen (mixed media), and Fritzie Seidler (mixed media). Photos courtesy of Karin Conn.

Work by featured artists pictured above (left to right): Karen Brown (jewelry), Eileen Goldenberg (ceramics), Susan Eastman (wearables), Theresa Kwong (jewelry), Katharina Ernst (wearables), Karl Schroen (mixed media), and Fritzie Seidler (mixed media). Photos courtesy of Karin Conn.

Arts & Eats

The historic Craneway Pavilion is the new home for the KPFA Summer Arts Fair, formerly the Live Oak Park Fair. A benefit for KPFA 94.1 FM, the fair features original, handmade work by 200 exhibitors in all media—painting, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, and photography.

KPFA-SAF_InsertFrontPlenty of tempting treats made by local food crafters are also available to taste and purchase.… Read More

Turn Up the Heat! -

Whether you favor burgers, salmon, or tofu on the barbie, it’s time to clean your grill and get cooking.

One of the many fire-burning vessels pictured in Franklin Barbecue. Reprinted with permission from Franklin Barbecue by Aaron Franklin & Jordan Mackay, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photo: Wyatt McSpadden © 2015

In this newsletter:

●  The Local Butcher pops up at the farmers’ market – Tuesdays through October
●  Contemplate food ethics at Mrs. Dalloway’s – June 11
●  Dine with a chef and a revolutionary – June 14
●  Book Reviews: On Fire!
●  Recipe: The Local Butcher’s Grilled Lamb Chops with Chimichurri

 


 

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Sandos, Soups, and Pastured Meat at the Farmers’ Market

Meat-lovers favorite The Local Butcher Shop now hosts a summer stand at the Tuesday farmers’ market in South Berkeley. Stop by to enjoy a sandwich, hot soup, stew, or some beef jerky. A selection of frozen bone broth, stocks, and soups as well as tallow soap are available to take home. The market stand is open through October, with the weekly menu posted here.

At their Berkeley store, The Local Butcher Shop offers pastured meat sourced from within 150 miles of the shop.… Read More

Spring Medley -

From sampling ice cream to mixing cocktails, we’ve got events to suit every palate.

 

Gelato-tasting stop at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe.
Photo courtesy of Rockridge Food Tour.

 

In this newsletter:

●  Scrumptious samples at Mark Bittman’s book signing – May 30
●  Help your garden thrive with less water – May 30
●  Book extravaganza in Oakland – May 31
●  New Rockridge ice cream tour starts up May 31
●  A food tour review
●  Cocktails get wild with foraged plants – May 31 or June 14
●  Book reviews: Mark Bittman’s latest hits!
    A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News About Food and How to Cook Everything Fast

 


 

Books and Bites with Mark Bittman

Meet Mark Bittman at this Market Hall book-signing event.
Photo by Fred Conrad/The New York Times

Don’t miss New York Times columnist and author Mark Bittman as he signs books and offers cookbook-recipe tastes at Rockridge Market Hall in Oakland. Tastings from A Bone to Pick feature Roasted Nuts with Ginger, Soy Sauce, and Honey. Info: here or 510.250.6001. Read more about Bittman’s books in Kristina Sepetys’s reviews below.

Saturday May 30, 2–3pm
Mark Bittman: Book Signings & Tastings
A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News About Food
How to Cook Everything Fast
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Ave, Oakland

 


 

Happy Gardens with Less Water

Jeremy Watts of Food Forest Design Works joins Ploughshare Nursery’s staff for a discussion about how to reduce water use in the garden.… Read More

Saving Seeds -

Seed-saving advocate Rebecca Newburn in her thriving Richmond garden. Photo by Scott Peterson.

Our summer issue is out! And we have something special this time: A new online video by Scott Peterson accompanies our story about Rebecca Newburn and the seed-saving movement. Enjoy!

In this newsletter:

●  Video Release: A Face-Place Story features
seed-saving dynamo Rebecca Newburn
●  Meet the hogs, turkeys, and fainting goat
at Grabishfarm – May 23
●  Lentil Underground author Liz Carlisle talks seeds – May 23
●  Kick back with Jamaican jerk to benefit My Yute Soccer – May 25


 

Rebecca Newburn at the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library. Photo by Scott Peterson.

Seeds on Screen

Meet Rebecca Newburn, middle-school teacher, urban farmer, and a leader of the national seed-saving movement. Videographer Scott Peterson brings you to Rebecca’s extraordinary Richmond garden, where she talks about her community, the face and place behind seeds, and the world’s best tomato plant. Watch the video here, and read Jillian Steinberger’s story about Rebecca and the seed-saving movement in the brand new summer issue of Edible East Bay.

Copies of the magazine arrive at local farmers markets and stores over the coming days. Pick-up spots are listed here.

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Food incubator Kitchen@812 hosts an action-packed evening featuring the Culinary Clash on Wednesday May 20. This food competition supports the Pinole-based food incubator, which helps local food entrepreneurs launch new businesses. The event is in the style of Food Network favorite Chopped, with ingredient baskets that chefs see just before the clock starts ticking. Contestants include professional chefs, sponsor representatives, community members, and junior chefs from Hercules High School Culinary Academy. Along with the competition, the evening features live music and plenty of goodies to taste.

Kitchen@812 provides commercial kitchen space plus assistance with business planning, strategy, marketing, and financing. Most participants are low-income, minority, and women entrepreneurs, and support services are free of charge. Businesses including Nirvana Kitchen (providing delivery of fresh vegan cuisine) and Salsa for All Seasons are among the many local businesses to flourish in this thriving kitchen space.

Culinary Clash
Wednesday May 20, 6–9pm
Kitchen@812
812 San Pablo Ave, Suite 2, Pinole

 

Urban Adventures -

It’s time to venture about in our East Bay cities among the urban farms, wineries, and edible weeds.

Berkeley artist Rigel Stuhmiller favors images connected to farm life.

Berkeley artist Rigel Stuhmiller favors images connected to farm life.

In this newsletter:

●  Celebrate spring at the station: May 2
●  Stamp your passport for an urban wine tour: May 2 & 3
●  Local artist offers a Mothers Day fundraiser: through May 6
●  Walk among the weeds: May 9
●  Flour wisdom with dessert maven Alice Medrich: May 9
●  Book reviews: Ancient Grains
●  Recipe: Alice Medrich’s Brown Rice Sponge Cake with Three Milks

 


 

New Growth

Celebrate spring with plants and flowers at Oakland’s former central train station. The historic site is now home to tomato specialists Kassenhoff Growers and West Oakland Woods (WOW) Flower Farm, a business run by at-risk youth mentored by entrepreneurs, educators, and farmers. Purchase plants (both edibles and ornamentals) from Kassenhoff Growers and fresh flowers from WOW Farm, and enjoy a farm tour led by local youth.
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Saturday May 2, 10am–2pm
16th & Wood St, Oakland
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Join the urban winemakers of the East Bay Vintners Alliance for a weekend of wine tasting, food pairings, entertainment, and exclusive barrel tastings.… Read More

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