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Wine Country Fundraising at Gather
50% of all Wine Wednesday wine sales to North Bay Fire Relief
Wine Wednesday, October 18
Wine Wednesday, October 25
5-9 p.m
Plus through October 31 at lunch, brunch and dinner every day,
5% of all Wine on Tap Sales will also be donated.
2200 Oxford Street
between Allston & Kittredge
P: 510-809-0400


PRIMA’s Wine Auction to Benefit Napa and Sonoma County Food Banks: Oct 27–Nov 3

PRIMA is organizing an online and in-store silent wine auction, with 100% of proceeds donated to established local food banks in Napa and Sonoma counties. Bidding starts at 10am on Friday, October 27 and ends at 6pm on Friday, November 3. Info:

Places to donate:

Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund:

North Bay Fire Relief Fund:

Redwood Empire Food Bank:

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 Spine-tingling Fun at Julie’s Halloween Party

Monster masks and photos offer frights and delights in Alameda, Oct 13.
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  Harvest Treats for Kids of All Ages

Celebrate the season with games, puppets, and soup at the East Bay Waldorf School in El Sobrante, Oct 14. Read more.

 Happy 50th, Dear Cheese Board!

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 Eat Your Way to Good Health

Chef Seamus Mullen offers
foods for strength and healing.
Read our book review.

  Recharge Your Garden
at the Plant Exchange
Donate a plant and take new ones home at this 10th anniversary event in Oakland,
Oct 21. Read more.

 Learn, Do, and Make 

Check out the robots, bikes, bees, and more at the Mini Maker Faire,
Oct 22 in Oakland. Read more.

 Dine Local, Think Global
with Chef Tu David Phu …

The acclaimed chef offers a farm-to-table meal with environmental goals, Oct 22 in San Francisco. Read more.
  … and try the Chef’s
Lemongrass Beef
Try the recipe and read about Chef Tu David Phu’s Vietnamese-Californian pop-up dinners.
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 North Bay Fires

The losses are heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with the community members and first responders involved.

 Benefit for Hurricane Relief

Trader Vic’s Emeryville donates all bar proceeds on October 11. Read more.


 Robin Sloan Reads from his New Novel

Meet the bestselling author at Mrs. Dalloway’s, Oct 12. Read more.


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Spine-tingling Fun at Julie’s Halloween Party

Summon your courage and enjoy the thrilling drink specials and monster masks
at Julie’s in Alameda.


Come dressed to kill as Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden serves up plenty of Halloween spirit with a party and art show. The Alameda shop hosts Concealed, an exhibit of handmade Halloween monster masks and mask-inspired photography by Bart D. Frescura. Show runs through November 6. Info: here
Halloween Art Party & Show
Friday October 13, 7–9pm (opening party)
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park St, Alameda

Photos: Bart D. Frescura
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Harvest Treats for Kids of All Ages

Family adventures, games, and fresh foods await at the East Bay Waldorf School’s Harvest Fair.


Join the community of the East Bay Waldorf School for this family-friendly autumn celebration. Enjoy games, live music, harvest soup, crafts, artisan vendors, and puppet shows. Pick up some fresh produce at the farm stand. Admission is free. Game tickets, food, and wares for sale. Info: here

East Bay Waldorf School
Harvest Fair
Saturday October 14, 11am–3pm
3800 Clark Rd, El Sobrante

Photo courtesy of East Bay Waldorf School.

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Dine Local, Think Global

Chef Tu David Phu cooks up a memorable dinner based on the practices of regenerative agriculture.


Meet Chef Tu David Phu as he presents the Savory Meal at San Francisco’s Hardwood Bar and Smokery. The dinner is part of the global farm-to-table event organized by the Savory Hub Network and showcases regenerative agriculture, a system that strives to reduce climate change by capturing carbon in soil. The farming practices used to create this meal also increase biodiversity, enrich soils, and improve watersheds. Regeneratively raised meats are the centerpiece of the Savory Meal. Cost: $90. Info and tickets: here

The Savory Meal: A Regenerative Ranching Dining Experience
October 22, 5–9:30pm
Hardwood Bar and Smokery 
680 8th St, Ste. 170, San Francisco

Photo courtesy of the Savory Hub Network.
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Kristina’s Bookshelf

Robin Sloan Reads from Sourdough
on October 12 in Berkeley

Berkeley-based author Robin Sloan is well known for his novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. On October 12, Sloan’s East Bay fans have a chance to hear him read from his new novel, Sourdough, at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Berkeley. Buy a copy to reserve your seat by calling the store at 510.704.8222. Info: here

Sloan grew up outside Detroit and first came to the Bay Area to work at Twitter, where he formed a lunchtime writing group that led to his first draft for Mr. Penumbra. But it was the Bay Area’s exciting artisanal food scene and a copy of San Francisco baker Chad Robertson’s Tartine Bread that sparked his new novel. Sourdough is the fictional story of Lois Clary, a software engineer at a thriving San Francisco tech company, who inherits a sourdough starter and finds her way into an underground (literally) secret food society located at the decommissioned Alameda Naval Air Station. Named an Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2017, Sloan’s delightful, compulsively readable book is similar to Mr. Penumbra in combining an old-fashioned pursuit—in this case, bread making—with the
world of high-tech.

We recently learned that Sloan and partner Kathryn Tomajan are producing extra-virgin olive oil in Alameda County under the label Fat Gold. Tomajan has worked on the milling end of olive oil production, and has won multiple international awards for her products with the Enzo Olive Oil Company in Clovis, California.… Read More

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Recharge Your Garden at the Plant Exchange

Give, take, and enjoy the process of exchanging plants, gardening tools,
and other garden accessories.


Bring your extra plants, gardening tools and publications, outdoor furniture, compost and compost bins, and decorative pots, as well as goldfish, koi, and compost worms to the Plant Exchange, and leave with plenty of new ones. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this free community event that promotes reuse, recycling, organic living, resource sharing, and information exchange. Join this friendly group of neighbors, gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, and outdoor fans from all over the Bay Area, and enjoy snacks from food trucks along with live music. Please don’t bring dogs other than service animals. Info: here

The Plant Exchange
Saturday October 21, noon–4pm
Ability Now Bay Area
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

Photo courtesy of the Plant Exchange.
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Happy 50th, Dear Cheese Board!


Come dance in the streets in honor of Cheese Board’s 50th year. There’s plenty of cause for celebration, from vegetarian pizzas and salads to the shop’s outstanding cheese counter and divine cookie selection. Live music is always on the menu, too. Here’s to the next 50! Info: here

Birthday Celebration at the Cheese Board Collective
Sunday October 15, 11:30am–2:30pm  
Cheese Board Collective
1504 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Photo courtesy of Cheese Board Collective.
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Learn, Do, and Make 

Visitors will appreciate the many clever and useful projects on display
at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.


From pufferfish swords to pendulum painting, you’ll enjoy the fascinating variety at this annual maker’s fair. It’s a family-friendly occasion with rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, hand-made crafts, music, and local food, along with educational workshops and installations. The event takes place on Park Day School’s four-acre campus behind Oakland Technical High School and at the adjacent Studio One Art Center, Oakland’s city-run program for studio arts instruction. Cost: Adults $17, Kids $13 (in advance); Adults $20, Kids $15 (same day). Tickets and info: here

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Sunday October 22, 10am–5pm
Park Day School + Studio One Art Center 
360 42nd St, Oakland

Photos courtesy of East Bay Mini Maker Faire.
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