Art and food are close partners at Edible East Bay,
but we’re snuggling up even closer at our art show next weekend.
Please join us!
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Celebrate eight and a half beautiful years of Edible East Bay with some of the artists whose work has been featured on our pages. Buy some art for your wall, buy some cards, or just admire the collection as you listen to live music and sample foods made by some of our local cottage food crafters. Admission is free to both the opening and the art show, which runs through June 25.
For more information: wcrc.org
Click on the names of the participants in the show to see more about them:
Music: Little Spike
Painting detail: Cris Guerrero
Urban Farm Day!
Saturday, March 1, noon–5pm
BioFuel Oasis Urban Farm Store
1441 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
biofueloasis urban farm day
What better time than this weekend to get on that project of starting (or expanding) your backyard urban farm?… Read More
Hop on for a trot through some fun reading below:
Horse Power Helps this Farm Grow
It’s CSA Sign-Up Time at Live Power Farm
In this year of the horse, we want to celebrate the work of Stephen and Gloria Decater at their Live Power Community Farm in Mendocino County. Under the tutelage of organic farming pioneer Alan Chadwick, the Decaturs founded the farm in 1973 and grew it into the 40-acre, solar electric- and horse-powered, diversified, certified-biodynamic farm it is today. In addition to tending an intensive vegetable garden, an orchard, and a glasshouse and cold frames for propagation, the Decaturs grow their own forage crops for their draft horses, dairy and beef cows, feeder pigs, sheep, and laying hens. The farm provides learning opportunities for school groups, often hosting kids from East Bay schools. Their CSA (community-supported agriculture) program serves customers in the East Bay as well. Apprenticeships at the farm offer opportunities for aspiring farmers, notably those who would like to fulfill a dream of working with horses. Livepower.org
Longevity Noodles, Prosperity Dumplings,
and Evil-Spirit-Chasing Firecrackers
Celebrating Chinese New Year at Shan Dong Restaurant
By Charlotte Peale
Pyramids of golden yellow pomelos and fragrant tangerines begin to appear in shops together with bunches of brown-stemmed fuzzy pussy willows and sticky candies in glittering wrappers.… Read More
Thinking of getting chickens or spiffing up your backyard mini-farm?
Here are some tidbits to feed your inner farmer!
Gather and Grow
34th Annual EcoFarm Conference
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove
The EcoFarm Conference is just around the corner! You might think of it as a good food boot camp but much more pleasant, considering the organic catering, the beautiful setting (right on the beach with a coastal sand dune restoration), the butterfly sanctuary next door and, above all, the 200+ presenters who are on the cutting edge of making good food good. Programming ranges from technical and skills-based to inspiring, fun, and social. There are five pre-conference intensives (including one on Biodynamics and two on animal husbandry); 75 sessions; a photography exhibit on the history of corn; a raucous barn dance; several films, tastings, and mixers; and a huge seed swap.
This year’s plenary speakers are Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, recent USDA deputy secretary, who started the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative; famous animal and autism activist Dr. Temple Grandin; and Maria Rodale, Chairman and CEO of Rodale, Inc.… Read More
Have gift shopping and entertaining gotten the better of you? Here are some ideas for dialing it down.
By Melissa Schilling
The Hostess Gift: Let some other Jane Doe opt for a boring vanilla candle. Go for power flavor and bring your party hosts some serious local tang. PICKLES! Or how about a bouquet of pickles from Oakland’s Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop, where you’ll find pickles from San Francisco Pickle Company, Gills Gourmet, and Emmy’s Pickles along with the house-made pickled eggs in several delicious marinades (Franks Red Hot is my favorite)!
The Pre-Party: Maybe I read Valley of the Dolls one too many times, but for me, nothing sets the tone for a good night out better than an ice cream bombe from Ici ice cream shop on College Avenue in Berkeley. I like to eat one in my bedroom while I sip champagne, listen to music, and apply makeup at my vanity.
The Post-Party: We should all thank Berg Injury Lawyers for offering free cab rides (up to $35) within SF, Berkeley,
Oakland, and Alameda on certain holiday evenings. Personally I always swing by a taco truck on my way home.… Read More
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!
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. As the cast and crew spend many hours in the theater in December, their feasting is done over a 30 foot-long table piled end to end with delectable dishes. Roasted turkeys, hams, pumpkin soup served in a huge hollowed out pumpkin, glazed vegetables, simmering pots of stew, fresh baked bread, delicious desserts… whatever the heart and stomach could imagine.… 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