Welcome to Edible East Bay

July 11, 2014 -

Ice Cream Innovators

We’re stepping way beyond plain vanilla this month. Come with us down the Rocky Road to the Salted Caramel and on into the Wildberry Lavender. We’ll stop in on Fentons’ 120th anniversary celebration, Berkeley’s new Bootleg Creamery, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (a cookbook) before taking a turn toward cheesemaking (dairy and not) at Ruby Blume’s book release party. And, we’ve got a scoop for food crafters: a call for entries to win a Good Food Award.

Photo courtesy of Fenton's

Photo courtesy of Fenton’s

Party Time at Fentons!

Sunday, July 20, noon–3pm
Fentons Ice Cream Social Celebration
4226 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

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Fentons Creamery celebrates 120 years of dishing up scrumptious ice cream and sundaes! Join in on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday July 20, for free scoops of signature flavors and a special price on Fentons’ signature Black & Tan Junior Sundaes. Enjoy a barbecue on the patio, crafts projects, and visits from 4-H animals like Myrtle the Cow.

Founded in 1894 by Elbridge Seth Fenton, Fentons is the oldest continuously operating creamery west of the Mississippi. It’s the birthplace of Toasted Almond, Swiss Milk Chocolate, and Rocky Road ice creams, all invented by Melvin Fenton, grandson of E.S. Fenton. Fentons sells over a ton of ice cream each day, all made on the premises

Info: here or 510.658.7000

Photos courtesy of Fentons

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A Visit to Bootleg Creamery

By Charlotte Peale

Ice cream is one of my favorite after-school snacks, so I was excited when Mother asked if I’d like to visit Bootleg Creamery, a maker of “artisanal and avant-garde” ice cream, located inside Kitchen on 10th, a commercial kitchen in West Berkeley.

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June 27, 2014 -

On the Road

Whether you’re headed far from home or just dreaming of distant shores, you can savor our book reviews featuring foods from afar. And if your vacation is a stay-cation, why not venture out to one of the crop swaps listed below? But before you go anywhere, we hope you’ll help us win the Edible Feast Cover Contest!

 

Photo by Carole Topalian

Photo by Carole Topalian

 

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We’re in third place and need readers to help us get to first by sharing our summer cover on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. If we take the lead by July 1, we’ll win $500 for Fibershed, a terrific nonprofit that creates local textile cultures. Their mission—to change the way we clothe ourselves while enhancing ecological balance and utilizing local agriculture. To help us win, click here and use the icons near the top of the page to spread the word. Contest ends July 1, so please don’t delay! You can read more about Fibershed in our current edition.

 

Crop Swaps In Full Swing

Berkeley crop swaps, organized by Transition Berkeley, feature an array of fruits, veggies, and herbs plus live music .

Berkeley crop swaps, organized by Transition Berkeley, feature an array of fruits, veggies, and herbs plus live music .

Share your garden’s bounty and come home with someone else’s.

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June 13, 2014 -

Hop. Skip. Jump.

Get your sneakers on! We’ll hop around in Oakland to the City Slicker Farm tour and the opening of a brand new farmers’ market, then skip across the Carquinez Strait for a food and wine celebration in Suisun Valley. Meat lovers will jump up and down about the book reviews, recipe, and information on classes at The Local Butcher Shop and Café Rouge.

Andouille sausage at Café Rouge

Andouille sausage at Café Rouge

 

Summer Classes for Meat Lovers

Want to sharpen your skills for preparing poultry and sausage? Here are three chances to learn from the pros.

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Poultry Butchery Class at The Local Butcher Shop
Sunday, June 22, 7–9pm
This hands-on class teaches the anatomy of birds. Each student gets the chance to butcher two chickens and take home all of the meat, bones, and skin. Learn different butchering techniques and cuts for different recipes.
Cost: $100.
Location: 1600 Shattuck Ave (entrance on Cedar), Berkeley
Info: here

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Meat mixing during a class at The Local Butcher Shop

Sausage Making at The Local Butcher Shop
Sunday July 20, 7–9 pm
Learn to make your own pork sausage, including grinding, mixing, recipes, proportions, and casings. Go home with your creations (approximately three pounds of pork sausage and two pounds of lamb sausage).

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June 4, 2014 -

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Bayfair Center Farmers’ Market
Anniversary Celebration

The Bayfair Center Farmers’ Market celebrates 20 years serving the San Leandro community on Saturday June 21. All are invited to enjoy tastings from local fruit purveyors, cooking demonstrations and giveaways, activities for kids, as well as more than 40 family farmers selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. The Bayfair Center Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday, 9am–1pm, rain or shine, in the shopping center parking lot. Bayfair is a full-service shopping center designed to serve the diverse communities surrounding the center’s East Bay location.

When: Saturday June 21, 9am–1pm
Location: Bayfair Center parking lot
15555 East 14th Street, San Leandro

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May 31, 2014 -
Grandma's Homemade will offer their scrumptious jams at Edible Tastings, coming up on June 14 & 15 at the Live Oak Park Fair.   (Photo courtesy of Jan Etre)

Grandma’s Homemade will offer their scrumptious jams at Edible Tastings, coming up on June 14 & 15 at the Live Oak Park Fair.
(Photo courtesy of Jan Etre)

Local Gems

Edible Tastings at Berkeley’s Live Oak Park Fair is just around the corner, and here’s a preview to tempt your palate. We invite you to read on for stories about a nursery makeover, two chances to mix and mingle, a panel for those with entrepreneurial spirit, and the local food journalists who won a coveted James Beard award.

Photo courtesy of Little Belgians

Photo courtesy of Little Belgians

Edible Tastings Serves Up
Handcrafted Local Foods

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 10am–6pm
Live Oak Park
1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Edible East Bay hosts a tasting extravaganza at Berkeley’s annual Live Oak Park Fair. Come sample handmade products such as jams, granolas, baked goods, teas, and juice crafted by local food producers. Tastes are offered free of charge, and there’s plenty more to buy.

Photo courtesy of Solidaritea

Photo courtesy of Solidaritea

This year’s tasting lineup is a scrumptious one: delectable jams from Grandma’s Homemade, Charlie Frank’s pies and pound cakes, handcrafted granola courtesy of Not Yer Momma’s, Prickly Pig’s pork sandwiches with tangy sauce, Urban Delights’ brandy-infused honeys, alfajores (cookie sandwiches) from Alfajores Narciso, and Little Belgians’ speculoos (spice cookies).

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May 23, 2014 -

Farmers Market Blooms at Madera Elementary

Madera-Elementary Students at El Cerrito’s Madera Elementary will host a student-run farmers market on Friday, May 23 from 2:40 to 3:30 pm. The fruits, veggies, and flowers for sale were grown in the school garden, which is partially funded through a partnership with Farmigo, an online system that makes it easy to buy directly from local farmers.

The market gives students the experience of growing, harvesting, cleaning, and preparing produce to sell and teaches them the value of what’s growing in their school garden. In April, the Madera Elementary third graders held their first farmers market and raised almost $1,000 to support the garden program.

All are welcome to visit Madera Elementary on May 23 to see the students in action and enjoy freshly harvested fruits and veggies. Market organizer Molly Wahl and representatives from Farmigo will be on hand to answer questions about how they’re offering experiential education by connecting students to fresh, local, and seasonal food. Deboleena Dutta, CEO and Founder of Herb N Zest will perform a cooking demonstration using farm-fresh food provided by Farmigo.

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May 9, 2014 -

Good Deeds, Great Food

Excerpted from Soup Night © Maggie Stuckey, photography © Lara Ferroni used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Excerpted from Soup Night © Maggie Stuckey, photography © Lara Ferroni used with permission from Storey Publishing.

May is blooming with opportunities to do good by eating well. Read on for tasty ways to support your favorite local organizations, from the Berkeley schools’ Gardening and Cooking Program to the Alameda Point Collaborative’s supportive housing and job training programs. Feast on offerings from generous local restaurants and food stores while directing your dollars to groups that serve and nurture our community.

 

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Berkeley Dine Out

Mark your calendar for an evening out on Tuesday, May 13, when a group of local restaurants donate a percentage of your bill to Berkeley’s school-based Gardening and Cooking Program. Choose from more than 25 eateries and food stores, including Comal, Build Pizzeria, Phil’s Sliders, Gather, and Zut. Local jeweler M. Lowe & Company sweetens the deal by offering a $100 gift certificate to be awarded to one lucky diner at each restaurant. Berkeley’s acclaimed district-wide learning labs for cooking and gardening serve pre-kindergarten through high school students, teaching kids about where our food comes from, the value of physical activity, and just how good fresh fruits and veggies taste. Due to huge cuts in federal grant funding, the program is operating on a lifeline with a piecemeal budget.

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April 25, 2014 -

Perfect Pairing: Cider and Doughnuts

Cider and doughnuts aren’t just for autumn anymore. Craft cider is now a fashionable beverage, and doughnuts have gotten a makeover as well. With the arrival of the Cider Summit in Berkeley this week we went looking for the best local doughnuts, and surprise, surprise! They’re in Temescal! So let’s join one of our favorite East Bay Appetizer contributors, Charlotte Peale, for a visit to Doughnut Dolly.

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A Naughty Morning Treat

Photos and story by Charlotte Peale
 

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Above photo courtesy of Doughnut Dolly

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Peale except where noted differently.

Above photo courtesy of Kristina Sepetys

After my violin lesson on a recent spring morning, Mother and I were headed for Pizzaiolo, in the mood for some breakfast pastries, when we spotted a sidewalk sandwich board advertising “Doughnut Dolly” in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. Mother remembered that her friend Shelby had recommended the place for filled doughnuts, so we decided to stop in.

Tucked away in an alley off Telegraph Avenue, the small, cozy shop decorated with yellow-striped walls and black-and-white linoleum was packed with people waiting for their morning doughnuts and Catahoula coffee. The all-ages group included three police officers, and everyone seemed to feel as much excited anticipation as I did.

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APRIL 5, 2014 -

 

 

THE RODGERS RANCH URBAN FARM

EXPO & PLANT SALE

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April 5, 2014 10am – 4pm
Rodgers Ranch, 315 Cortsen Road, Pleasant Hill

Free Admission
Find out more at http://rodgersranchurbanfarm.org

Plants •  Mini Classes • Tours
25+ vendors and educators offering everything from heirloom tomato plants to tools, to compost, and lots of advice.  Some highlights include:

•             40+ varieties of Heirloom tomato and pepper plants

•             Herbs, beneficial insect and pollinator plants

•             Drought tolerant Plants

•             Bag-Your-Own Compost

•             Containers and Tools

•             Harvest Boxes and Root Storage Crates

•             Mini Classes on Beekeeping, Chickens, Medicinal and edible wild plants,
Gardening in Drought Conditions

•             Meet Doc Hale, expert of local Native history and habitat

Special event: An Evening with Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden

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Toby Hemenway

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March 27, 2014 -

Spring Planting

Before you dig in to your own garden,
cast your vote for Planting Justice!

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Cast your vote for edible gardens!

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Edible East Bay has nominated the Oakland-based nonprofit Planting Justice for a grant of $500 through the Edible Feast Cover Contest. To win, we need our readers to vote by sharing our spring cover on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest Here’s the link: Please vote today!

Planting Justice is a powerful force for good—and good food—right in our own backyard. The group transforms East Bay lawns, lots, and schoolyards into thriving edible gardens packed with veggies, herbs, and fruit trees. Their gardens serve as hands-on teaching tools at Fremont High and McClymonds High, with a curriculum that combines food justice and culinary arts. At homeless shelters and prisons, the group brings both tranquility and empowerment to people during traumatic times in their lives. The organization also hires former prisoners, who make the transition from San Quentin’s Insight Garden Program to full-time salaried positions with Planting Justice.

To serve at-risk youth, Planting Justice is transforming a two-acre plot at a San Leandro juvenile detention facility into an orchard and perennial food forest as well as raising funds for a community garden inside the Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Center.

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