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Enter a World of Saffron, Rose Petals, and Family Stories

Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories
By Naz Deravian
(Flatiron Books, September 2018)
In Bottom of the Pot, Naz Deravian, a Los Angeles-based writer and home cook, shares her world of saffron, rose petals, pistachios, dried limes, tamarind, memories, music, and poetry to introduce over 100 recipes. She describes the book as “a collection of recipes and stories from the past and present.”
Part of that past is Deravian’s own journey. She left Iran with her family when she was eight years old during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Over the following ten years, the family emigrated from Iran to Rome and then to Vancouver, carrying various keepsakes along with their family recipes.
The cookbook shares some of Deravian’s personal history together with recipes that are easily managed by home cooks. They use produce and herbs that are readily available here in the East Bay. I made an easy chicken dish with saffron, onions, garlic, and lemon over jasmine rice that paired well with a simple recipe for roasted okra with two dipping sauces, one made from tamarind and maple syrup and the other with yogurt and dill.… Read More

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Learn to Farm in Community

The CoCo San Sustainable Farm is based on Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser’s Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastapol, pictured above. Photo courtesy of CoCo San Sustainable Farm.

Help to create a community farm as you learn bio-intensive organic farming and permaculture methods to use in your own backyard. Under the direction of master gardener Bethallyn Black, you’ll learn about urban soils as you lay out and build planting beds, install drip irrigation, and determine which seeds to plant. The farm is modeled on the Sebastapol project of Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser at their Singing Frogs Farm, where they use no-till methods, organics, inter-cropping, hedgerows, and integrated pest management. Wear comfortable clothes, a hat, and sunscreen. Bring gloves, shovel, rake, spade, and any other relevant tools if you have them. Please put your name on your tools. Youth are welcome with a parent. Free, but please register. Info: here

Free Class in Regenerative Urban Farming
Saturday September 29, 8amnoon
CoCo San Sustainable Farm
5500 Imhoff Dr, Martinez

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Emeryville Spotlights the Arts

M. Louise Stanley, “The Good Old Days,” acrylic on canvas, 2014, 44″ x 54″.
Photo courtesy of Emeryville Celebration of the Arts.

The arts are thriving in Emeryville, with eye-catching works on display at the city’s annual juried exhibition. Come enjoy paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, textiles, glass works, and poetry by 115 artists and craftspeople who live or work in Emeryville. See new works by established artists and be among the first to appreciate emerging talent. The opening reception features live jazz and blues and a no-host bar to benefit the Emeryville Youth Art Program, which brings professional artists into Emeryville public schools. All works are for sale. Free admission. Info: here

32nd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition
Saturday October 6–Sunday October 28, open daily, 11am–6pm
Gala Opening Reception: Friday October 5, 6–9 pm
5700 Horton St, Emeryville

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Cookies & Beer, Together at Last

Chocolate Dipped Madeleines taste just right with an amber ale’s rich caramel and hop notes.

You know you’ve secretly wanted cookies and beer together, but elegant desserts like madeleines, French almond cakes, and biscotti always get served with coffee, tea, or a glass of milk. Now’s the time to jump out of that rut. Alameda bakery Donsuemor has brewed up some inventive new couplings to help you celebrate Oktoberfest in style. Working with a Reno Tahoe–area brewmaster, these baking pros have identified ideal combinations of cookies and beer that span the seasons and translate across different brands. Enjoy this video from Donsuemor and the Brewer’s Cabinet, and try these pairings with your favorite local brews:
Pumpkin Spice Madeleines with a Brown Ale
Upgrade your pumpkin spice latte. When the soft accents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices start mingling with pumpkin in this fluffy, soft cookie, you’re going to want to reach for a creamy rich, big and bold brown ale. Just add an extra 30 minutes to your cardio workout at the gym and life will be in perfect balance.

Traditional Madeleines with a Blonde Ale
The buttery vanilla cake notes of the traditional madeleine are a great complement to a crisp, light, and refreshing golden ale, especially one in a German or Czech style.Read More

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Candidates’ Forum Focuses on Food

Access to healthy food, food workers’ rights, and the impact of agriculture on the environment will be front and center when District 15 State Assembly candidates Jovanka Beckles and Buffy Wicks come together on October 3 to discuss important issues related to food. The 15th Assembly District, the seat currently held by Democrat Tony Thurmond, includes Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole, and part of Oakland. The moderator for this event is Nina F. Ichikawa, policy director of the Berkeley Food Institute. This event is free and open to all. Food, Spanish translation, and childcare for kids out of diapers are available. Reserve early for childcare. Tickets and info: here
Candidates’ Forum: Food in the 15th
Wednesday October 3, 6:30– 8pm (doors open 5:45pm)
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, Bermuda Room
2540 Nevin Ave, Richmond

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Art in the Nursery

Enjoy art, music, and Japanese street food in a garden setting at Berkeley Hort, Sept 22. Read more.

Honey Heaven

Taste and vote for your favorite honey at the Oasis, Sept 22 in Berkeley.
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Art, Arbor, & Architecture

The Plant Exchange hosts a fundraiser at a Maybeck-designed house, Sept 22 in Oakland. Read more.

Eat Real Turns Ten

Street food fest celebrates locally made artisan and street fare, Sept 14-16
in Oakland. Read more.

Dinner Theater Gets Naughty

The Soiled Dove serves up scandal, acrobatics, and decadent culinary creations, Sept 28-Nov 17 in Oakland. Read more.

Get Behind the Wheel!

Annual Cheese Fest celebrates four years and four kinds of milk, Sept 15 & 16 in SF. Read more.

What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?

We found just-picked blackberries and baked them into a berry tart
by Marykate McGoldrick.

Dessert Baker with a Savory Flair

Read about home-taught bakerMarykate McGoldrick and her journey from school teacher to dessert chef at Camino.

A Recipe for Oakland Cocktail Week

What a way to enjoy the season’s watermelon! Try this recipe and have some extra fun by entering our Cocktail Week Instagram contest. Read more.

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Feel the September Heat

In 2017, Edible East Bay artist Helen Krayenhoff created the third in her series of simple recipe books, 12 Pepper + Chile Recipe Ideas. It seems the dried chili ardor hasn’t cooled as she’s continued her collaboration with John Beaver at Oaktown Spice Shop to design and produce this handsome poster to celebrate Chili Month in September.

Both locations of the shop (one in Oakland, and the new shop in Albany) will be celebrating Chili Month with dried chilies from around the world: Featured recipes, workshops, chili recipe books, South American cloud forest perennial pepper plants from Kassenhoff Growers, posters, and much more.

Cooking with dried chilies literally opens up a whole world of flavor. Every continent hosts cuisines that depend on the varied flavors and heat of this condiment. Drying chilies extends their usefulness beyond their growing season and their light weight and long-term storage ability enables us to partake all year round. So whether you are a ‘hotter the better person’ or prefer the nuances of flavor in the milder varieties, come to the Oaktown Spice Shop in September to celebrate and learn about this versatile spice.

Visit for up-to-date event information. Find Helen’s recipe books: here

Try these recipes from the calendar:


Soak 4 ounces dried chilies like ancho, guajillo, etc.… Read More

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A Recipe for Cocktail Week

What a way to enjoy the season’s watermelon! Try this recipe and have some extra fun by entering our Cocktail Week Instagram contest. 

Contest info: Snap a picture of yourself at your favorite East Bay bar or eatery and post it on Instagram with the tag #oaklandcocktailweek and @edibleeastbay for your chance to win two tickets to the Herbal Elixirs: Crafting Botanical Beverages and Bitters on Saturday, September 22. We’ll choose our favorite pic on 9/19 and let you know if you’ve won.

Photo courtesy of Oakland Cocktail Week.

Watermelon Sour
Seedlip Garden: 50ml/1.8oz
Basil & Watermelon Shrub: 20ml/0.7oz (recipe below)
Eggwhite: Dash

Glass & Garnish
Coupe with a basil boat


500ML of Shrub
1 small watermelon
Handful of basil leaves
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup  white sugar

Add all ingredients into a jar and muddle. Leave overnight. Strain.

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Get Behind the Wheel!

The SF Cheese Fest expands to two days this year, offering a sampling of education and pleasure. The theme of “4 x 4” honors the event’s fourth anniversary along with the four milk types (cow, goat, sheep, and water buffalo) available for cheesemaking in California. Come meet cheesemakers from around the state and taste cheeses paired with breads, charcuterie, and sweets at the Cheesemaker Celebration. The next day, dip into a new series of Sunday Seminars available in collaboration with The Cheese School of San Francisco. SF Cheese Fest is the primary fundraiser of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. Cost: $79 and up. Info and tickets: here
Fourth Annual SF Cheese Fest
Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16
Cheesemaker Celebration September 15, 69pm,
Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St
See info link for details re: Sunday Seminars

Photo: Ellen Cronin

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Dinner Theater Gets Naughty

Photo: Frank Revi

Immerse yourself in a naughty, pleasure-filled dinner theater experience as the Soiled Dove brings you back in time to an 1890s saloon and dance hall in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast red-light district. Presented by performance and art collective Vau de Vire, the action takes place under a 12,000-square-foot Tortona Big Top installed in downtown Oakland. Savor the thrills of a circus-infused performance, music by Jazz Mafia, and an inspired four-course dinner menu by Work of Art Catering. Cost: $59 (show only), $137 (dinner and show). Ages 21and over. Tickets: here
The Soiled Dove
Fridays and Saturdays, September 28November 17, 7:30pm (dinner & show), 9pm (show only)
Tortona Big Top
1911 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Photo: Leori Gill


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