Edible East Bay News

Historic Moments -


It’s nice to be healthy and 100! This newsletter congratulates the City of Walnut Creek as it celebrates its centennial with a special festival at the farmers’ market. Meanwhile, we’ll all be watching as Berkeley voters go to the polls, where they might make history by passing the nation’s first soda tax.

Edible East Bay's own Barbara Kobsar sells her jams and jellies at the Walnut Creek Market. Photo by Gillian Espinosa.

Edible East Bay’s own Barbara Kobsar sells her jams and jellies at the Walnut Creek Market. Photo by Gillian Espinosa.

In This Newsletter:

●   Book Club of California: Fall 2014 Symposium 10/24–10/25

●   Walnut Creek’s Centennial Harvest Festival 10/26

●   Community Milling Day at Il Fiorello 10/26 and 11/30

●   Soda tax in Berkeley and San Francisco: Vote on 11/4

●   Book Reviews: Drink up!

●   Recipes from Cottage Kitchen: Pork Tenderloin Medallions; Spinach Salad with Almonds & Raspberries


Savor the Printed Page

The Book Club of California Fall 2014 Symposium
A Feast for the Eyes: Gastronomy & Fine Print
Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25
312 Sutter Street, 2nd and 5th floors, San Francisco

BCC_PressMark_01Bibliophiles, culinary historians, food writers, and foodies alike are invited to talks and panels examining West Coast culinary history through examples of California fine printing, publishing, food writing, and menu and label design.… Read More

Fall Colors -

Two favorite annual events are just around the corner. Feast on artwork, poetry, and dance in Emeryville, then head over to College Avenue in Oakland for fine foods and cooking demos.


“Garden of Delights” by Emeryville artist Susan Avila. Digitally printed silk backed with industrial felt and recycled muslin, free-motion machine stitching, 2012. Photo courtesy of Genevieve Antaky



Arts Extravaganza 


“Muse (Back)” by Linda Goodman, color monotype, water based, 2010 Photo courtesy of Genevieve Antaky

28th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition
Friday, October 10, 6–9pm (Opening Reception)
& daily October 11–November 211am–6pm

Edible East Bay will be there in search of art for our pages, so why not join us! Emeryville’s annual exhibition features works by 117 artists and craftspeople (both established and emerging) who live or work in Emeryville. Now in its 28th year, the event is expanding to include poetry readings by local poets laureate and two site-specific dance performances. Visitors can meet the artists at the opening reception, where a no-host bar raises funds for the Emeryville Youth Art Program. Free admission.

Poetry Readings with Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky
Sunday October 12, 2–4pm & Thursday October 23, 6:30–8:30pm

Two 20-minute dance performances by Nancy Karp + Dancers
Sunday November 2 at 3pm and 4pm

All events at Heritage Square:
6121 Hollis St, Suite 900, Emeryville
Info: here or 510.652.6122


Calling All Gardeners

seeds_1Seed Gathering Class
Saturday, October 11, 1–2pm
Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Learn the basics of seed gathering: how to prepare your plants for seed collecting, the process of collecting, and how to store dried seeds.… Read More

Quesadillas from Doña Tomás -
The restaurant's 15th anniversary was celebrated with margaritas, music, and fabulous Mexican dishes.

The restaurant’s 15th anniversary was celebrated with margaritas, music, and flavorful Mexican dishes. Photo courtesy of Kristen Loken

In celebration of their 15th anniversary in Temescal, Oakland restaurateurs Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz would like to share this favorite recipe from Doña Tomás with Edible East Bay readers.

Quesadillas with Rajas, Corn, and Salsa Roja

Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz are the duo behind Doña Tomás, Flora, Fauna, and Xolo in Oakland, and Tacubaya in Berkeley.

Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz are the duo behind Doña Tomás, Flora, Fauna, and Xolo in Oakland, and Tacubaya in Berkeley.
Photo courtesy of Kristen Loken

(Makes 12)

Salsa Roja:

4 Roma tomatoes
2 New Mexican chilies
4 arbol chilies
8 cloves peeled garlic
1/2 bunch cilantro
Kosher salt


1 large poblano chili, toasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded, and sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 large ear white corn, with kernels cut off cob
1/2 white onion, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch strips
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
Kosher salt
12 corn tortillas

To prepare salsa, place tomatoes, garlic, and chilies in pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook until tomatoes are almost bursting. Remove and strain. Purée. Add cilantro and salt to taste and purée until cilantro is chopped up.

To prepare the filling, place a large sauté pan over high heat and add the oil.

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Rock the Moke on October 10 to Protect Our Drinking Water -

Image courtesy of the National Forest Foundation

Image courtesy of the National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation presents Rock the Moke, a fundraiser to protect and restore the Mokelumne River. The “Mighty Moke,” a major Northern California watershed originating in the Sierra Nevada, supplies clean drinking water to the East Bay.

Rock the Moke features celebrity chef Michael Cook of Oakland’s À Côté and Rumbo Al Sur creating special small plates for a good cause. Enjoy tunes by Ronkat Spearman’s Katdelic, The Over Overs, and Cello Joe, plus live painting by Mónico Chávez. A silent auction offers passes to popular festivals and concerts, vacations, wine, artwork, and more. Cost: $20. Info and tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/672339 

NFF-LogoFriday October 10
Doors 8:00pm, Show: 9:00pm
5447 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
18 and over


September 21, 2014 -

Student Medicine Showcase

Friday October 3, 11am–7pm
Ohlone Center for Herbal Medicine
1250 Addison St, Ste 113, Berkeley

All are invited to a craft fair marking the culmination of the Center’s herbal intensive and therapeutic programs. Browse the selection of herbal potions, lotions, and elixirs, and take a free, student-guided herb walk through the neighborhood. All proceeds from sales help students start their careers in medicinal herbs. Free admission. Info: www.ohlonecenter.org

Many of the Center’s upcoming classes and events also appear on Edible East Bay’s print and online calendars.




September 15, 2014 -


Barnraiser Makes it Easier to Crowdfund the Food Movement

Barnraiser is a new crowdfunding community designed to power healthy and sustainable food to the tipping point. Barnraiser offers an easy way to influence good food by celebrating the stories of modern-day food heroes and collectively funding sustainable food and farming projects. Founded by entrepreneur Eileen Gordon Chiarello, Barnraiser launched in April 2014 and has successfully funded projects in food, farming, education, community, and media. “We are thrilled to offer Barnraiser to anyone serious about making a positive impact on the way we farm and eat,” said Chiarello, who with her husband, celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, has created award-winning restaurants and sustainably farmed wines. (www.barnraiser.us)

August 28, 2014 -


Soda: The Series Brings Conversations on
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Berkeley

Soda: The Series offers conversations about sugary drinks and their impact on the health of our families, community, and environment. At six different events, experts will discuss the science of sugary drinks, tactics of the soda industry, and disease prevention efforts.

These events take place in the run-up to the November election, when Berkeley will vote on Measure D, a tax on sugary drinks. Soda: The Series is sponsored by the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition, Ecology Center, Public Health Institute, Prevention Institute, and Small Planet Institute.

All event details are available at www.sodaseries.org. And, you can read more about Measure D in the current issue of Edible East Bay. Click here

Here are two of the upcoming events:

Thursday, September 4, 7–9pm
The Science of Sugar & Its Bitter Impact on Health
Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Are all calories the same? What’s all the fuss about sugar? Sugary drinks are causing health epidemics and driving up medical costs. Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. John Swartzberg, and other health experts will share the latest research and discuss the impact on our future.

Saturday, September 13, 4:30pm
Soda & Kids: A Predatory Relationship & How We Can Fight Back
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St, Berkeley

One in three kids will develop diabetes, yet kids are drinking more sugar than ever.… Read More

August 24, 2014 -

Garden Fundraiser at Cleveland Elementary

Help transform the hillside at Oakland’s Cleveland Elementary School into a terraced garden and learning lab. The finished project will include an incredible edible garden, a sensory flower/herb garden, and a wildlife area where students can create habitats with native plants and observe creatures in their natural environment. Donations will cover the cost of redwood lumber, a drip irrigation system, soil, new plants, and related curriculum materials. Cleveland is a public elementary school in Oakland serving racially and economically diverse students, 60% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Since 2008, Annie’s has donated funds to over 270 schools. They’ve also created the Annie’s Garden Funder™  on CrowdRise to empower schools and like-minded friends to raise money for school gardens. You can donate to the Cleveland Elementary project: here


August 22, 2014 -

Two Weekend Events


Slow Food Solano’s Annual Tomato Day

tomatoesSunday August 24, 11am–3:30pm
Morningsun Herb Farm
6137 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville

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-GridOff 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

August 19, 2014 -

California Grape Harvest

Photo courtesy of Sally Gordon, Dashe Cellars

Photo courtesy of Sally Gordon, Dashe Cellars

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.