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 Enjoy a Slice of Heaven . . .

July 22, taste the summer’s best
at the 10th Annual
Capay Tomato Festival . . . Read more

 . . . and Keep Cool at the Tomato Fest

. . .and enjoy a Fairyella Ice Pop made with Capay Organic produce. 


 Find New Ways to Wellness

Learn how to improve your nutrition and energy. Free series taught by Bauman College students in Oakland, beginning July 22. Read more.

 Delight in a
Festive Outdoor Gallery 

Alden Lane Nursery hosts Art Under the Oaks, July 15 &16 in Livermore.
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 Indulge in a Sundae on Sunday!

Fentons celebrates its anniversary and National Ice Cream Day with delicious discounts, July 16. Read more.

 Cold & Sweet!

Summertime is ice cream time, writ large!Read our book reviews here.

 Explore the Food and Wine
of Livermore Valley

Treat yourself to pairings, demos,
and tours at Taste our Terroir,
July 20–23. Read more.

 In Remembrance: Nigel Walker

Organic farmer Nigel Walker took an unconventional approach to raising chickens. Read more.

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 Jam On at
Jack London Square
Bring the family to this fun farmers’ market party and enter your goodies
in the jam-making and baking
contests,July 9. Read more.
 A No-Nuts, No-Lactose
Ice Cream Tour
Join up with this Rockridge tour company as they dish up a new ice cream tour for those with food allergies. Read more.
 Living the French
Country DreamRead our review of Georgeanne Brennan’s most recent cookbook . . .
 Fennel and Chicken
Braised with Lemon. . .  and try out a recipe from La Vie RusticRead more.
 Bastille Day at Market Hall

Celebrate Bastille Day with a tasting of 
French foods. Meet author Georgeanne Brennan, July 14. Read more.

 Become a Seed Saver

Learn the basics of seed saving in this free class in Richmond, July 12. Read more.

 Learn How to Say No to Plastics

Plastic Free July includes workshops, a tour, and clean-up events in Berkeley. Read more.

 Pick Up Your Dinner
from Food Shift
Enjoy a healthy dish while helping to reduce food waste, July 13. Read more.
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 Grill a Better Burger on July 4th 

Try the recipe and learn about the Conscious Kitchen’s pilot project for organic school lunches in West Contra Costa County.
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 Make it a Peachy
Independence DayAdd a sweet touch to
your holiday barbecue with
Grilled Summer Peaches.
 It’s the Cheese (Counter)!

Enjoy sampling and mozzarella making
at Rockridge Market Hall. June 30.
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 Books to Bring More Burger Bliss

Get creative with your burgers and condiments this holiday weekend.
Read our book reviews.

Treat Your Eyes to a Pomegranate Feast

Art by Margo Rivera-Weiss is featured in a solo show at Oakland’s Ba-Bite. Read more


 Food Shift Seeks
a Full-time AssociateNonprofit hiring new staff member for operations and development work.
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 Over the Strawberry Moon

Sip a summertime treat from Oakland’s Super Juiced. Try the recipe at home.


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Join Edible East Bay at the
O2AA Artisans Crafts Faire

Party in West Oakland with local artisans and music by Rupa and the April Fishes,
June 17. Read more
Stroll through a
Sublime Sculpture Garden 
Meet the artists and enjoy good food and music at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
Walnut Creek, June 17. Read more.
 Gardener’s Notebook:Touch-Up
Pruning for 
Lemon Tree Health
Learn how to strengthen your citrus trees with summer pruning. Read more.

 Join Food First for a Book Launch

Meet the authors and hear
them discuss land justice.
Berkeley, June 22.
Read more.

 Chefs Play with Clay and Food
Watch three chefs in an unusual competition featuring food, pottery, and design. Richmond, June 18.  Read more
 Meet Chef Samin Nosrat at
Berkeley’s Local Butcher Shop
Get a signed copy of her book, and sample kefta kebabs with yogurt sauce, June 16. Read more.
 Peachy Paradise

Feast on organic stone fruit at a Central Valley jubilee, June 24. Read more.
 Want to Be a DIY Dairy Queen?

Learn to make exceptional butter
and yogurt at Three Stone Hearth.
Berkeley, June 27. Read more.
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 Cook with a Chef
at the Farmers’ MarketJoin Chef Laura Stec for hands-on classes using market foods, June 10, 17, & July 1. Read more.
 Ferry Building Summer
Tasting CelebrationDon’t miss CUESA’s big summer tasting party,
June 11. Read more.
 7 Block Prints and More

Join artist Rosalie Z. Fanshel at
the opening of her enticing new exhibit,
June 15 in Oakland. Read more.

 Two Chefs Cook to Benefit
Happy Boy FarmsSupport Happy Boy Farms at a dinner hosted by chefs at Lungomare and
Chop Bar, June 14. Read more.
 Find Vintage Treasures
at Soul Food FarmShop for antiques and farm products at a picturesque country marketplace,
June 10. Read more.
 Beer Lovers Support
Prison Garden ProgramThe East Bay Beer Runners join forces with Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, June 10. Read more

Zucchini, Two Ways

Chef Maria Capdevielle shares summertime recipes featuring
roasted zucchini and zucchini blossom fritters. Read more.


 Study Urban Permaculture Design

Check out this in-depth course in Oakland and Alameda, starting June 20.
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 Lamingtons & Lemon Tart
Dessert master Darren Purchese offers his special spin on sweets.
Read our review.
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 Since When Is a Book Signing Not a Good Thing?

Learn how a new state law makes it hard for bookstores to host author events. Read more.


 Make New Friends. 
Eat Strawberries.

Fun on tap at Berkeley’s Family Fun Festival, May 27. Read more.
 Rockridge Cooks Out

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this North Oakland anchor marketplace, May 28. Read more.

 Meet Chef Samin Nosrat
at Book Fest in BerkeleyThe acclaimed chef shares insights on four elements that lead to good meals, June 3. Read more.
 In the Mood for Sex,
Drugs, and Magic?Five Flavors Herbs offers a tantalizing
series of classes in Oakland,
starting June 7. Read more.
 Digging in the Digital Dirt:
Visit Local Farms OnlineA storytelling project peeks behind the scenes at local farms and ranches.
Read more.
 Reem’s Bakery Opens
in Fruitvale Read about owner Reem Assil and try her recipe for Pali Cali aka Roast Chicken Man’oushe aka Spicy Chicken Wrap: here.
 Boost Your Urban Farming Savvy

UC urban ag experts teach workshops on food safety and business management, June 8 & 22. Read more.

 A Market of Their Own

Grass Valley Elementary Farmers’ Market
On the Upper Field
4720 Dunkirk Ave, Oakland
Wednesday May 31, 10–11:30am

Featuring items handmade by students.

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May in the Garden: The Three Sisters of Summer Adopt a Fourth

It’s not too late to plant your four sisters garden bed. Follow these easy steps.


 Here Come the Stone Fruits!

Three stone fruit recipes are among the deliciousness in our new Summer issue.

 The Soiled Dove Offers
Naughty Dinner TheaterRelish a decadent circus-inspired evening in Alameda, June 9 to July 1. Read more.
 Explore a Vegan Paradise

Third annual Veg Fest comes to Lake Merritt, May 20. Read more.
 Making the Case for a
Plant-Based DietMeet author Kristie Middleton at the Veg Fest, and read our review here.


What’s it like to run a worker cooperative?

Get an insider’s view from Jessica Prentice, co-founder of Three Stone Hearth.   
Read her story in our new summer issue.

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Local Teen Builds Beehive, Family Awaits Sweet Returns

William Peale draws on local bee experts for advice. Read more.


 Garden Education Benefits All

The Edible Schoolyard Plant Sale offers spring planting inspiration plus local food and music, May 13. Read more.

 A Farmer’s Tale

Meet organic farmer Efren Avalos at a Real Food Real Stories picnic, May 16. Read more.

Honey-Sweet Sensations 
Honey can enhance both sweet and savory dishes. Read our cookbook reviews.
Basque Sass

Try this versatile Basque version of chimichurri using a mild extra-virgin olive oil. Recipe from Market Hall Foods. Recipe here

Build Your EVOO Savvy 

Sample extra-virgin olive oils and fresh mozzarella at Market Hall Foods, May 20. Read more

Want to Start a Coffee Biz?

Food Craft Institute offers a four-day course in roasting and retail, May 21-24. Read more

 Visit Cuba with Food First

Meet Cuban farmers and educators and learn about the country’s food system. Read more.

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Book Signing and Tasting with Melissa Clark 

Sample recipes from Dinner: Changing the Game, April 30, and read our review.


 Spice Up Your Garden

Find plants of all stripes at the UC Botanical Garden Sale, April 28 & 29.Read more

 Indulge Your Green Thumb

Have a blooming good time at the Merritt College Spring Plant Sale, May 6.
Read more.

 Support a Fellowship for
Women Food Journalists Author Carolyn Phillips speaks at a dim sum fundraiser hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, May 6. Read more.
 Wine on the Waterfront

Taste local wines and food at Jack London Square, May 6. Read more.


Spend Where You Live

Get to know the people and purpose behind worker-owned collectives, May 11.
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Celebrate the Earth at Wagner Ranch 

Bring the family to this historic ranch
in Orinda for Earth Day, April 23.
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 Earth Day at UC Gill Tract Community Farm

Honor the earth with garden work, community learning, and activities for kids, April 23.
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Gardener’s Notebook

Learn the secrets to success with springtime veggies. Read more.
 Dine Out to Fight Climate Change 

Local restaurants pledge funds to ZeroFoodprint, April 22. Read more.

Planet-friendly Fun at Alameda Natural Grocery

Celebrate Mother Earth at a family open house, April 23. Read more.  

A Local Writer’s Homage to Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert 

Read our review, and learn about author events in SF and Sonoma, April 22 & 25. 

 Home Brewers Connect

Beer lovers and home brewers gather at 21st Amendment in San Leandro, April 22.Read more.

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