Two Weekend Events
Slow Food Solano’s Annual Tomato Day
Come enjoy heirloom tomato tasting including more than 100 varieties of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Watch cooking demonstrations with area chefs, sample the results, and purchase local products from a variety of vendors. Suggested donation of $5 provides 10% off purchases from Morningsun Farm plus discounts from the on-site vendors. All proceeds benefit Solano County public school gardens. Info: www.morningsunherbfarm.com/ssp/tomatoday and slowfoodsolano.org
Off the Grid: Public Market Emeryville
Launches Saturday, August 23
Off the Grid is serving lunch at Emeryville’s Public Market. Beginning Saturday, August 23, Off the Grid will offer eight rotating food trucks from this list: Little Green Cyclo, Curry Up Now, Lobsta Truck, We Sushi, Mayo and Mustard, Little Red Riding Truck, Sajj, Cluck it Up, El Poretno, Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken, and Garden Creamery.
The new market provides fresh lunch options to shoppers from Public Market Emeryville, as well as nearby Bay Street, Ikea, and East Bay Bridge Shopping Center. Off the Grid also introduces a new partnership with Guitar Center to bring local music and educational programming to the event.
Off the Grid markets are founded on bringing new and old communities together through a shared mobile food experience.… Read More
Kids in Mind
As kids head back to school, we offer up a host of events the whole family can savor, from a new PBS series that serves up inspiration, humor, and music about food to a book signing party (plus popsicles) at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley.
Sundaes & School Supplies
Sunday August 24, noon–4pm
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
Join Fentons and the Lend a Hand Foundation to raise funds for school supplies. Help to equip 5,000 homeless and underserved Oakland students by the start of the school year. On Sunday August 24, the first 100 people to donate a new backpack or $10+ worth of new school supplies at Fentons Creamery will enjoy a free scoop of ice cream. And, for the entire month of August, 25% of proceeds from Fentons’ special “Lend A Hand Myrtle Special Sundae” will be donated to the foundation.
by Rachel Trachten
California Grape Harvest
Workers from Oakland’s Dashe Cellars sort grapes from the 2014 harvest, pulling out any stray leaves or clusters not suited for wine. “It is going to be a very early year,” says Mike Dashe, who gets most of the grapes for Dashe Cellars wines from the Dry Creek Valley. The wineries that comprise the East Bay Vintners Alliance have their pick of some of the most prestigious vineyards in California. The grapes seen here are from Bedrock Vineyard, producing high quality fruit since 1880.
Sunday, August 17, 4–7pm
Harvest of Shame
Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
1595 Railroad Ave, Vallejo
California’s Institute for Rural Studies presents Edward R. Murrow’s 1960 groundbreaking documentary Harvest of Shame. The film, originally televised on CBS the day after Thanksgiving, offers a poignant exposé of the brutal conditions experienced by migrant farm workers. A discussion with anthropologist Dr. Seth Holmes and Department of Labor Investigator Paul Ramirez about current farm worker conditions follows the film.
The screening includes treats from Slow Food Delta Diablo and Slow Food Solano plus popcorn from POP Mama POP. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is on the southern side of the island, with sweeping views of the Bay, hiking trails, picnic areas, and the oldest naval cemetery west of the Mississippi. The movie is shown in the visitors center, formerly a 1934 ammunitions bunker! This event is free and open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted.
Summer grills are sizzling hot, cooking up everything from pork ribs and burgers to squash, peaches, and figs. We’re featuring five books on outdoor cooking with equipment that ranges from backyard grills to cob ovens and camp stoves. Some include how to make your own condiments. We’ll also take you to a matsuri (that’s the Japanese word for “festival”) where you can sample grilled yakitori. Then it’s on to a farmers’ market celebration, where you’ll find plenty of organic edibles to grill at home.
Two Years in Oaktown for Umami Mart
Matsuri Festival Tuesday August 12, 6–9pm 815 Broadway, Oakland Umami Mart celebrates two years in Oakland with a tasty spin on the traditional Japanese matsuri (festival). An importer of high-quality kitchen and barware from Japan, Umami Mart also serves as a hub for events and conversations about food and drink. For their summertime birthday bash, they’re serving up burgers by Kronnerburger, Japanese-inspired ice cream scoops by Bootleg Creamery, grilled yakitori by Izakaya Trappist, fresh ceviche, tako (octopus) tacos, plus wine, Japanese beer, and tunes courtesy of DJ Chungtech.… Read More
Farmers and Vintners
Come with us from farm to city to places in between! Read below to learn about a celebration of Oakland urban winemaking and another for a long-running farmers’ market. We honor a leader whose AgPark connects farms with urban neighborhoods and offer some good information on opportunities for farmers seeking organic certification. Our book reviews cover the latest titles on sustainable farming.
Saturday August 2, 1–5pm
9th Annual Urban Wine Xperience
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn, Oakland
Once each year, Urban Wine Country gathers in one place, offering an easy opportunity for visitors and locals to taste some of the Bay Area’s best artisanal wines. At the Urban Wine Xperience, hosted by the East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA), more than 20 East Bay urban wineries pour a wide array of wines. Food pairings from local eateries and purveyors serve as a delicious accompaniment to these wine portfolios. Come enjoy great wine, food, and live music right by the water at vibrant Jack London Square.
A Good Time to Go Organic
At local farmers’ markets, we often talk with vendors who don’t use pesticides or other chemicals, but also don’t have an organic certification.… Read More
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.
Party Time at Fentons!
Sunday, July 20, noon–3pm
Fentons Ice Cream Social Celebration
4226 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
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
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.… Read More
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!
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
Share your garden’s bounty and come home with someone else’s.… Read More
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.
Summer Classes for Meat Lovers
Want to sharpen your skills for preparing poultry and sausage? Here are three chances to learn from the pros.
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.
Location: 1600 Shattuck Ave (entrance on Cedar), Berkeley
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).… Read More
Bayfair Center Farmers’ Market
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