Welcome to Edible East Bay

APRIL 5, 2014 -






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

Toby Hemenway

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!


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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March 13, 2014 -

 Great opportunities coming up to satisfy
your wine and cheese cravings:

Grab Your Passport and Explore the East Bay Urban Wine Scene

East Bay Vintners Alliance 6th Annual Passport Event

Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16


By Christy White

“Love Your East Bay Vintner” was the theme when media got a sneak peek at the East Bay Vintners Alliance’s upcoming Passport event. The reception, hosted by JC and Dashe Cellars in their spacious facility on 4th Street in Oakland, offered an opportunity to taste and also glean tidbits of information from our local wine makers.

Here are some tastes that stood out for me:
•    Chouinard Winery’s lovely, soft 2009 Alicante Bouschet made in Castro Valley from Lodi fruit
•    The luscious, light, dry-farmed zinfandel from Lusu Cellars
•    Eno’s beautiful 2010 pinot noir, The Proposition, crafted from Anderson Valley grapes
•    A dry honey wine from Dan Cook’s Mead Kitchen (currently on offer at Lanesplitter and Jupiter)

And interesting tidbits:
•    Steve and Marilee Shaffer of Urban Legend select a different Oakland neighborhood to celebrate each season with their keg
wines. Currently on tap for customers to pour into refillable growlers is a red blend, called Jingletown, sporting a label depicting street art from that neighborhood.

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Edible Art Show -

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!




magazine_covers_flataf537c8efbccOpening reception
Sunday March 9, 1–4pm

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:

Shari DeBoer
Iris Gottlieb
Cristian Guerrero
Helen Krayenhoff
Alan Leon
J.R. Nelson
Dawline Oni-Eseleh
Margo Rivera-Weiss
Luz Marina Ruiz
Celia Wedding
Wendy Yoshimura

Food samplings
Mothers Know Best KombuchaNiles PieJam On,
Brown Dog Mustard CoTwo Mammas’ Vegan Kitchen,
Mollie Rose Baking Company

Music: Little Spike

Painting detail: Cris Guerrero



Urban Farm Day!

Saturday, March 1, noon–5pm
BioFuel Oasis Urban Farm Store
1441 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
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What better time than this weekend to get on that project of starting (or expanding) your backyard urban farm?

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Year of the Horse -

Hop on for a trot through some fun reading below:

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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



Shan Dong dumplings



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.

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Urban Farming -

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
January 22-25

Wine Tasting in Asilomar's Merrill Hall

Wine Tasting in Asilomar’s Merrill Hall

gatherThe 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.

Beer & Cheese Tasting in the EcoFarm Exhibitor Marketplace

Beer & Cheese Tasting in the EcoFarm Exhibitor Marketplace










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.

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Holiday Comforts -


Have gift shopping and entertaining gotten the better of you? Here are some ideas for dialing it down.


chocolateMimi’s Holiday Survival Guide

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)!
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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,

Ice cream bombs (Photos courtesy of Ici)

Ici ice cream bombes
(Photos courtesy of Ici)

Oakland, and Alameda on certain holiday evenings. Personally I always swing by a taco truck on my way home.

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Finding the Local Treasures -

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.

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East Bay Appetizer November 22, 2013 -

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.

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