Edible East Bay News


Homemade Treats and Crafts Galore -


Institute of Urban Homesteading Winter Open House
Saturday and Sunday December 13 &14, noon–4:00pm
Straggler Sale Monday December 15, 6–8pm

The IUH year-end social and sale offers lots to taste and explore plus amazing deals on homemade goodies. Everything is ultra-local, super small-batch, and only available once a year. For those who are too busy to stop by on the weekend, the doors are open for straggler sales on Monday evening. Taste homemade mustard, mead, fermented sodas, ginger beer, cheese, cordials, candies, jam, herb salt, and honey. Items available for purchase include artisan foods, handmade soaps, tinctures, seed balls, beeswax candles, dream pillow sachets, books, handmade tiles, and much more. Info: iuhoakland.com For address, contact Ruby at: iuh@sparkybeegirl.com



Crafts and Pickles in North Oakland -


Support jobs for Oakland youth as you buy your holiday gifts. Offerings include beet pickles, raw kim chi kraut and sauerkraut, herbed salts, and home fermentation pickling/kraut kits from the Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co. This local business creates jobs for teens from Children’s Hospital Oakland and for Oakland youth who face barriers to employment. Enjoy hands-on sauerkraut and fermentation workshops plus local food, crafts vendors, farmers, and live music. (Author Bryant Terry will sign books on the 20th.) Free food available 9:30–10:30am. Info and online orders: www.phatbeetsproduce.org

Savor the Season -


This is the time of year to indulge friends and family with edible treats and memorable gifts. In the spirit of the season, we’re serving up some tempting local pleasures to savor and share during the coming weeks.

A spectacular array of handmade art and craft items will be available at KPFA’s annual crafts fair. Items pictured (left to right starting at the top) are by artists Michael Barney, Roné Prinz, Allysyn Kiplinger, Barbara Sebastian, Pierre Minn, and Fritzie Seidler.

In This Newsletter:

●   Holidays in the Vineyards – Dec 6 & 7

●   KPFA Crafts Fair – Dec 20 & 21

●   Sustainable Santa: Out of the Mall & Into the Farmers’ Market

●   Book Reviews: Holiday Reads

●   Recipe: Fruitcake from Market Hall Bakery


Livermore Wineries
Celebrate the Season

Holidays in the Vineyards
Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, noon–4:30pm
Various Livermore wineries

Experience a Livermore Valley Wine Country holiday tradition. Wineries decorate their tasting rooms and showcase special wines, art, crafts, holiday music, activities, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to their favorite wineries for donation to the local Toys for Tots program. Admission is free, but tasting fees may apply and vary by winery.… Read More

Legal Eats Comes to San Francisco -


Legal Eats
Saturday November 22, 10am–12:30pm
The Women’s Building
3543 18th St, San Francisco

Attention food entrepreneurs! Do you have questions about the law and how it applies to your start-up or existing food enterprise?

Legal Eats offers the scoop on the legal requirements for operating a food business in the Bay Area. Learn about health and safety regulations, employment laws, permits, insurance, and more. Hosted by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, in partnership with Berkeley Law School’s Community Food Enterprise Project. Cost: $15, includes light refreshments and a printed copy of the Legal Eats manual. Advanced registration highly recommended: http://www.theselc.org/legal_eats


Dig In: Sundaes and Books at Fentons (and Breakfast at Daisy’s on November 29) -


Photo courtesy of Fentons Creamery

Photo courtesy of Fentons Creamery

Thursday, November 20, 5:30–8pm
Fentons Creamery
4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

The team behind This is Oakland joins Fentons Creamery with a delicious offer that benefits Oakland’s libraries. Meet author Melissa Davis and photographer Kristen Loken, creators of This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places. Pick up a signed copy of the book and create your own famous Fentons sundae (with toppings galore), all for a flat fee of $45.00 (add $6.95 for kids to get in on the sundae creations, too). Twenty-five percent of all proceeds will go to the nonprofit Friends of Oakland Public Library.

The fine print: Additional sundaes may be purchased in addition to the book/sundae combo ($12.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids), but a book must be purchased to partake.  Valid only on November 20, and no other discounts may be used.

Saturday November 29, 9–11am
Breakfast with This is Oakland
1347 Park St, Alameda

Includes breakfast treats from Oakland’s Doughnut Dolly and a chance to make snowman ornaments at Daisy’s 11am–4pm. Info: http://www.thisisoaklandbook.com/upcoming-events/




Sowing Change -


Farms touch our lives in surprising ways. Opportunities are coming up this week to view a new documentary film about Occupy the Farm as well as to enjoy a local harvest dinner featuring dishes made with freshly harvested foods from farms in the Capay Valley.

Farmers clearing and tilling the Gill Tract on day 1 of Occupy the Farm, April 22, 2012. Photo by Kelly Johnson

In This Newsletter:

Occupy the Farm film premiere in Berkeley – Nov 7

● Flowerland and Standard Fare partner up – Nov 8

● Harvest Dinner at Benchmark Pizzeria – Nov 12

● Taste of the Nation at the Claremont Hotel – Nov 16

● Book Reviews: Go With the Grains

● Recipe: Benchmark Pizzeria’s Olive Oil Cake



Planting at the Gill Tract: screen capture from the film

One Plant at a Time

Occupy the Farm Comes to the Big Screen

Kids play on a grass house built at Occupy the Farm. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Kids play on a grass house built at Occupy the Farm.
Photo by Kelly Johnson

By Rachel Trachten

“We decided it was time not just to call on UC Berkeley to do something different with the land, but to actually do something different with the land.” These are the words of farmer Gopal Dayaneni, featured in the new documentary Occupy the Farm about activists who in April 2012 created an urban farm on Albany’s Gill Tract land owned by UC Berkeley.… Read More

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