East Bay Appetizer December 4, 2013
Here are some places to find gifts and holiday entertainment of the most delicious home-grown sorts. Our local artisans, crafters, and performers help make the Bay Area an exciting place to live, so be sure to support them with your holiday shopping dollars!
UC Botanical Garden Shop Holiday Fête
Here’s one more reminder to join Edible East Bay at the UC Botanical Garden gift shop for an extra-special holiday shopping party this Friday afternoon, December 6 from 2 to 5pm. Details are in the last issue of our newsletter.
A Seasonal Feast
At the 28th Annual Christmas Revels:
The Spirits of Haddon Hall
December 13-15 & 20-22
Scottish Rite Theater 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland
For Oakland-based theater company the California Revels, the holiday season is a time filled with legend, folklore, and a rich and wonderful food tradition. This year, the production is set in the early 1920s at the English country estate of Haddon Hall. As the Duke arrives to oversee the demolition of the ancient property for a highway, the ghosts of past generations appear to celebrate the Winter Solstice one more time.
While on stage, Revels celebrates the winter solstice through music, storytelling, and dance; once offstage, the celebration is continued with warming and delicious food.… Read More
Our Fabulous Female Chefs!
When the print version of Edible East Bay’s Winter Holidays 2013 issue hit the streets last week, there was already quite a buzz surrounding our article on Oakland’s new wave of female chefs, which we released early online. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, the first item below might compel you to do so now.
Females in the House:
Edible East Bay Showcases Local Goddesses of Food
Publishing a quarterly print magazine has many rewards. There’s the time and space to dive deeply into important stories and offer the kind of detail and context often missing in other media. There’s the opportunity to pair talented writers with gifted photographers to conceptualize a story from start to finish. And, of course, there’s the solid feel of the publication in one’s hands.
But putting out a magazine every three months comes with challenges too. Sometimes a story can’t wait that long to be told, or information that was current right up to press time changes just after we come out. Sometimes an article we’ve been working on for months appears elsewhere first.
Happily, this winter issue of Edible East Bay features a story in which the forces of the universe—and some astute planning—combined to bring to our pages an article that is both of the moment and in depth.… Read More
We’re busy at work on Edible East Bay Winter Holidays 2013 (the print magazine) which should be on the streets shortly after November 15. Meanwhile, here are some fun things to do now.
First Annual Novemberfest
in the Temescal Alleys
Sunday November 10, noon–4pm
In the block bounded by Telegraph Ave,Clarke St, 49th St, and 51st St in Oakland
If you like beer and have never visited the Oakland hot spot called Temescal Alleys, this is the time! Local craft brewers Linden Street Brewery, Drake’s Brewing, Ale Industries, Calicraft, and perhaps a few others will be pouring draughts that pair perfectly with the tasty sausages Pizzaiolo will be grilling up. Buy a tasting glass and enjoy the whole range of choices. All proceeds go to support a great cause: Walk Oakland Bike Oakland!
Real Food Media Project Contest Seeks Entries
Are you a food-system changemaker or a member of a grassroots organization doing work in the food field? Have you ever wanted to have a powerful short film made about the work you’re doing? Something you can show community members, allies, and funders? Coming up with resources for making such a film can be quite a hurdle, but read on below:
Anna Lappé’s Oakland-based Real Food Media Project is running a contest aimed at encouraging up-and-coming filmmakers; students of film, communications, and food studies; and anyone hungry for a deeper understanding of the nation’s food system to create short films about food, farming, and sustainability.… Read More
The 2013 Olive Harvest Is Here!
In this issue of East Bay Appetizer, we celebrate the start of the California olive harvest. This oleaginous fruit has been central to Mediterranean cuisine since antiquity and is now becoming important in California as well. Here’s a bin full of opportunities to taste, cook, learn, harvest, preserve, mill, and generally enjoy our local bounty of olives.
Halloween Dinner Class at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
Sunday October 27, 3–6pm, 2625 Mankas Corner Rd, Fairfield
Think you can handle playing in the chemistry kitchen? Well you’d better be prepared to cook with the Ghostly Chef and eat until you expire. Wear costumes if you dare and drink the deepest darkest wine for moral support. The menu includes Olive Coffins, Jack-O-Lantern Soufflé, Frisee Salad with Roasted Vampire Hearts, Bloody Blood Sausages and Polenta, Clotted Witches Blood Pudding, and Sweet Trick or Treater’s Fingers!
Mondavi Chef Marvin Martin presents one spooky and delicious dinner at the visitor center of this Fairfield olive oil company. Chef Martin is an expert in olive oil and enjoys a 20-year tenure as a chef for Robert Mondavi Winery, working on a variety of private and public events in the U.S.… Read More
DIY (Do It Yourself) might just be the acronym of the decade, and at Edible East Bay we’re happy to promote the enjoyment of creativity in every way! Here are some great opportunities to learn about growing and producing your own food and engaging with your creative spirit. Remember to spread the word and encourage your friends to sign up for East Bay Appetizer!
Join the Alameda County Master Gardeners at…
One of the best learning opportunities of the year for local gardeners is coming up October 26. “The Wild & Wonder of Bay Area Gardening,” presented by the Alameda County Master Gardeners at the Lake Merritt Garden Center, covers the garden cycle from dream to harvest with 12 timely workshops led by outstanding garden experts. Attendees can choose three 90-minute classes from the list below:
The Beautiful Edible Garden Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner
Lawnless Landscape Kelly Marshall
Planting a Food Forest Christopher Shein
Weeds: Yank ‘em or Thank ‘em Mark Brunell
Winter Veggies in Wonderland Pam Peirce
Coping with Critters (Safely) Andrew Sutherland
Small Gardens: Right Plant, Right Place Susan Handjian
Herbal Delights Rosemary Loveall-Sale
Creating Habitat for Wildlife George McRae
The Almighty Tomato, Drying Herbs & Other Edibles, and Very Berry Jellies & Jams
El Dorado County Master Food Preservers
A registration fee of $45 covers the cost of morning refreshments and all workshops.… Read More
Live-culture fermentation is one of the hottest food topics of late. It’s both a fun, delicious adventure in home cooking and a way to maximize our health through what we eat. Here are a few tips and tidbits on the subject from your friends at Edible East Bay!
Remember to spread the word and encourage your friends to sign up for East Bay Appetizer!
Meet the King of Fermentation
It’s intriguing the way scientific research has been revealing the health values in so many of the whole foods and pre-convenience-era processing methods that make up traditional foodways around the world. We’re learning about how natural fermentation processes make nutrients more available to our bodies while also adding great flavor to foods. For many, there’s also the discovery of the enjoyment to be had while creating a wide variety of fermented foods at home.
Standing at the head of the recent revival of interest in this subject is a self-taught experimentalist named Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation (2003) and a more recent book, The Art of Fermentation (2012), which received a James Beard award.… Read More
Summer may be just about over, but as the good weather lingers here in the Bay Area, it’s a good time to get out for a visit with farmers from near and far, shop at your local farmers market, and cook up some vegetables from root to shoot.
Special note: This issue marks the addition of restaurant reviews to our bi-weekly e-newsletter! Please pass the word and help us encourage more readers to sign up for East Bay Appetizer!
City Slicker Farms Bike Tour
Saturday September 14, 1pm
Join the volunteer staff at City Slicker Farms for a cycling tour of the nonprofit’s four community market farms, including the new West Oakland Urban Farm and Park. Along the route, you’ll get to see how urban farmers adapt to different spaces and conditions to create healthy environments where food can be grown for people in the neighborhood. The 3-mile tour involves cycling through typical city traffic, but moving in a pod makes it a whole lot safer. You’ll be with enthusiastic folks, including trip leaders Ariel Dekovic and Abbey Myszka, who are both City Slicker Farms volunteers and bike enthusiasts.
RSVP is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.763.4241.… Read More
This week, we’re celebrating our heritage of good food plants, especially heirlooms and anything growing in our own gardens. Each of the past two years, since the National Heirloom Exposition began, Edible East Bay’s art and garden editor, Helen Krayenhoff, has come home from the event in Santa Rosa absolutely delighted. “I plan on going again this year. Worth the drive,” she says. We’re also excited about the apple festival in Hayward, the tomato workshops in Sunol, and some good reading on seeds and heritage plants. Enjoy!
Tuesday–Thursday, September 10–12 11am–8pm Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
This exposition, launched just three years ago, has become a significant player in the world of heirlooms and is growing larger in scope each time it is held. This year, the emphasis is on increased awareness of label GMO campaigns across the country. More than 100 speakers offer a variety of informative and educational presentations on subjects as diverse as seed saving, genetically modified organisms, home gardening, food politics and policy, farming, marketing local foods, among others. Important names include Vandana Shiva, Patrick Holden, Ronnie Cummins, Andrew Kimbrell, Jeffrey Smith, William Woys Weaver, and many more. The event resembles a county fair, but one that emphasizes heritage breed and varieties.… Read More
Larry Hendricks, founder of Oakland Firefighters’ Random Acts
Fenton’s Creamery and Restaurant has a deep commitment to community involvement. During the entire month of November the family owned and operated retro soda fountain is raising funds for the Oakland Firefighters’ Random Acts of Kindness charity program through the sales of their Myrtle’s Creation Sundaes.
The “cherry on the top” of their fund drive is their Firefighters’ Weekend which takes place at their storefront at 4226 Piedmont Ave in Oakland. This fun-filled event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11. An exciting highlight of this weekend is the Sundae Building Contests which take place at 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. For this event a team of three Berkeley Firefighters will compete with a team of three Oakland Firefighters to see who can make the most fantastic sundae.
Treat yourself to a Myrtle’s Creation Sundae and support the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness!
510-658-7000… Read More
An opinion by Jillian Steinberger, M.A.
“What I want to talk about is less important than the Frankensteinian issue of GMOs and the 2012 Farm Bill, which reduces American organic farmers’ access to markets in favor of industrial agriculture. By law.
“But then again…maybe it’s not less important. Let me explain.
“It’s a chicken and egg question: How does low-rent industrial agriculture thrive when there’s so much information circulating on what’s wrong with it? Why do loving parents willingly feed children cheap, hormone-laden meat and processed foods that are suspected causes of diabetes, ADD, and hypertension? Is it because of corporate domination? Or is it that American consumers are so high on corn syrup, cheap Chinese plastics, and the latest IT girl, and they don’t notice?
“I believe that it goes hand in hand: The corporate culture creates our national lifestyle, which enables industrial agriculture, which perpetuates corporate culture, and so on and so forth in a circular fashion.
“While observing organic farm culture and farm family values at the EcoFarm Conference (Feb. 1-4, 2012, Alisomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA), I saw a parallel America, with an authentically democratic culture based on integrity and personal responsibility. Fine oratory – and developing voice to create community – is a defining characteristic of the EcoFarm culture, over three decades.