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 Eat Out to Support
Garden Education 
Berkeley Dine Out and local restaurants partner up for a good cause on
November 30. Read more.
 Dress to Save the Planet

Fibershed presentation highlights climate-beneficial wool, Nov 16 in Oakland.
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 Focus on Seasonal Flavors

Chef David Tanis invites readers to the market in his new cookbook.
Read our review.

 Try Meghan’s Potato Latkes

StopWaste offers tips for storing potatoes and onions along with a recipe for latkes.
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 Create Your Own Holiday Gifts 
at Oakland’s PreservedSign up for workshops in making pickles, hot sauce, cocktail shrubs, and more. Read more.
 Coq au Vin
A Mushroom and Apple TangoThe Broth Baby team shares its recipe for a traditional French favorite. Read more.

Spread the Warmth: Give a Coat

The Ecology Center partners with One Warm Coat on a winter clothing drive. Read more.

 An Expat in Paris

Meet the author in Danville or Oakland and read our review


Can You Really Trust
an Eggplant?


Learn about food insults from around the globe: here

 Civil Pops Branch Out
to Market Hall Foods 
Ice pop company helps create jobs for Oakland youth. Read more.
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 Party with the Pumpkins …

…at Market Hall’s Harvest Day party,
Oct 28 in Oakland. Read more.

 … and Bake them into Cake

Try this favorite pumpkin cake recipe from Market Hall Bakery. Read more.

 Departed Spirits Fill the Air
at CalaveraCelebrate Día de los Muertos in Oakland with menu and cocktail specials, starting Oct 26. Read more.
 It’s Black Restaurant Week!

Dine out and support black-owned
businesses through November 5.
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Spice Up Your Celebrations!

Mexican food is a perfect choice for Halloween and Día de Los Muertos. Read our book reviews.
Don’t Waste Those Flavorful Fresh Herbs!

Keep both hardy and tender herbs on hand to infuse your dishes with flavor using these tips from StopWaste. 

Delight in Autumn’s Bounty at City Slicker Farms

Bring the family for games, farm tours, workshops, and a benefit dinner, Oct 28 at this urban farm in Oakland. Read more.

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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!

POSTPONED  Read more.


 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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Still Dirty at 30

Hoes Down Harvest Fest celebrates its 30th anniversary, Oct 7 & 8. Read more.

 Cheesetoberfest at a
New Shop in Berkeley

Meet Maker’s Common. Indulge in cheese, beer, and housemade pretzels, Oct 13. Read more

 Cheese:  The Ultimate
Companion to Beer

Learn about the contrasts and complements that create ideal pairings.
Read our book review.

 It’s Fall Planting Time

Find a tempting assortment at the Merritt College Plant Sale, Oct 7 & 8. Read more.

 Taste Palm Fruits and Cactus

Sample exotic fruits from the trees at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Oct 14.
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Meet the Artists of Emeryville

An annual exhibit honors new and established artists, opening Oct 6. Read more.


 Murals Reign in Reno

Artists transform the walls downtown at Art Spot Reno, Oct 13-15. Read more.

 October Fun at the Walnut
Creek Farmers’ Market

Come in costume and enjoy different
treats each Sunday in October.
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Tasting Time at the Oasis

Buzz on over to Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley for free workshops and honey samples,
Sept 30. Read more.

 Harvest Happenings at
Orchard NurseryIt’s time for pumpkins, scarecrows, and apple fishing in Lafayette. Weekend days in Oct. Read more.
 Pomegranate Pizzazz

It’s easy to grow these delightful fruits. Learn how in our Gardener’s Notebook.

 Tapas Demo & Tasting

Learn about and sample a mix of savory Spanish snacks, Oct 7 in Pleasant Hill. Read more.

 Celebrating Giovanni Lo Coco:
The Walls Have to Laugh
The daughters of the East Bay restaurant legend remember him with hilarious tales of food and family. Read the story by Mary Tilson and Cheryl Angelina Koehler.


Tomatoes and Basil: Keep them Tasty!

Pick up some tips from StopWaste for storing your tomatoes and basil.
Then preserve your surplus harvest by making a tasty sauce. Read more.


 Olives All Around

Two olive fests offer delicious tastes and family fun, Oct 1 in Orinda and Oct 7 & 8 in Fremont. Read more

 Workshop and Dinner at
Orinda’s Old Yellow HouseThis sustainability event also features a dance performance and house tours,
Oct 7.  Read more.
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 Stomp Till Your Feet are Purple

Enjoy local wine, food, and grape stomping at the Capay Crush, Sept 16. Read more.
 Rockridge is Rockin’!

It’s time for the Out & About Street Fest and Rockridge Kitchen Tours,
Sept 17 & 24. Read more.
Vegetable Kugel for the
Jewish High Holidays

Try this savory dish and traditional favorites from Market Hall Foods.
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 Learn to Make Kimchi 
at Pollinate Farm & Garden

Sonoko Sakai shows how to prepare three variations on this popular Korean staple, Sept 21. Read more


Deaf Chefs Compete 

Read our story about culinary education and a Modernist Caprese Salad
at the California School for the Deaf.


 The Endlessly Versatile
Sweet Potato

 Meet the author at Omnivore Books on
Sept 21, and read our book review.
 Savor the Region’s
Best Street Food 

Eat Real serves up memorable bites and good times at Jack London Square,
Sept 22-24. Read more.
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 Try a Berkeley Tie-Dye

Sample lots of tomatoes at Berkeley Hort and vote for your faves, Sept 9.
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 Just Peachy!

Make the most of the last stone fruit with tips from StopWaste. Read more.

 Knit, Purl, and Dye!

Join Helen Krayenhoff for a two-session adventure in natural dyeing and knitting.Read more.

 From Our Cover Artist

Helen Krayenhoff shares her thoughts on light, color, and nature. Read more.

 Melt into the SF Cheese Fest

Sample cheese, sip wine, and meet cheesemakers from around the state,
Sept 16. Read more.

 Reinvent the Public Commons

Learn, garden, and make art at this family-friendly festival in Oakland, Sept 16.
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Culinary Thrills Around Tahoe

Explore the region at two Sierra food & wine events, Sept 8-10 & Sept 16.
Read more.

On the Road in
the Sierra Nevada 

A book to carry along if you are heading to the mountains. Read our review.



Get in the Spirits

Edible Marin & Wine Country hosts an artisan cocktail and food pairing event in Sonoma, Sept 9. It’s part of the Edible Communities national Good Spirits tour. Read more.


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Out of care and concern for  guests, volunteers and winery staff, the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the 36th annual Harvest Wine Celebration scheduled for Sunday, September 3 at Las Positas College in Livermore. Read more.

 On Wine Grapes and Honey

 Blessing of the grapes and other seasonal harvest adventures.
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 Fighting for Real Cheese

Read our book review, and meet
the authors at Berkeley’s
Cheese Board Collective, Sept 5.
 Perk Up Your Plants with Coffee Grounds

This garden amendment is free
and easy to get. Read more.

 Noodle Soup Epiphanies

Chef Nite Yun offers Cambodian dishes in the Emeryville Public Market. Read our story by writer Sarah Henry.
 Happy Acre Farm Seeks Harvest Help

Try your hand at harvesting on an organic farm in Sunol. Rewards include hourly pay plus a share of the produce. Read more.

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