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A Creative Vegetable Kugel for the High Holidays

Sandy Sonnenfelt, the prepared foods manager at Market Hall Foods, adapted this recipe for home cooks from the store’s beloved Savory Vegetable Kugel. She writes: “Instead of carrots, I used sweet potatoes and added leeks. Butternut squash would be great in it as well. I would encourage cooks to try any combination of vegetables they fancy as long as they are squeezed as dry as possible after grating. The kugel is also deliciously gluten free.”

For the upcoming Jewish holidays, Market Hall Foods in Oakland and Berkeley offers a special Rosh Hashanah menu and a Yom Kippur break-the-fast menu with traditional favorites and other freshly prepared foods. The Rosh Hashanah menu is available September 1922 and the Yom Kippur menu is offered September 28October 1, either by preorder or first come, first served in both stores. Info:  


6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and a little more for oiling the casserole dish
2 medium leeks, sliced into thin rounds, washed and dried
1 medium onion (approximately 1/2 pound), diced
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 russet potatoes (approximately 1 pound), peeled, grated, rinsed well, and squeezed dry as possible
1 sweet potato (approximately 1/2 pound), peeled and grated
3 medium zucchini (approximately 3/4 pound), grated and squeezed as dry as possible
5 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon black pepper

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Rockridge is Rockin’!

Paella from Hapuku Fish Shop is one of the mouth-watering treats festival-goers have enjoyed.
Photo courtesy of Rockridge Market Hall.


Spend the afternoon on Sunday September 17 exploring neighborhood highlights at the annual Out & About Street Festival in Rockridge. You’ll find community and artisan booths, live music on the BART plaza, dance performances, and even a photo booth, plus lots of great food and beverages from the Market Hall merchants. This year, the event also celebrates Rockridge Market Hall’s 30th anniversary. Info: here

But wait, there’s more. . .

View nine lovely and creatively designed kitchens on the self-guided
Rockridge Kitchen Tour. Photos courtesy of

Come out the following Sunday for the Rockridge Kitchen Tour, a self-guided visit to nine exquisite kitchens featuring a wide variety of design styles and budgets. See innovative floor plans and use of materials, transformations of larger spaces, and creative solutions for smaller ones. Proceeds support a range of community projects. Cost: $40. Tickets and info: here

Out & About Street Festival
Sunday September 17, 12–6pm
Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Ave, Oakland (and up and down College Ave)

2017 Rockridge Kitchen Tour
Sunday September 24, 12:30–5:30pm
College Avenue United Presbyterian Church
5951 College Ave, Oakland

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Stomp Till Your Feet are Purple

Head to the Capay Valley this Saturday for a grape-filled adventure on the farm.


It’s time to step into the vat and stomp the grapes at Capay Organic. The farm’s annual Capay Crush Festival celebrates local wine and food with tastings, music, tractor tram rides, grape-themed crafts, and the messy fun of grape stomping. Bring your own picnic, or purchase food from Tacos 911, the Cali Love Food Truck, Pachamama Coffee, or the farm’s organic produce stand. Guests may reserve a campsite and stay overnight in the farm’s fig and mandarin orchards. Event proceeds benefit The Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture. Cost: $15 through September 14, then $20. Free for kids 12 and under. Campsite reservations are $35 through Sept 14, then $40. Tickets and info: here

Capay Crush Festival
Saturday September 16, 4–9pm
Capay Organic
23808 State Hwy 16, Capay

Photo courtesy of Capay Organic.
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Learn to Make Kimchi with Sonoko Sakai

Learn to prepare three types of kimchi in a hands-on workshop offered at Pollinate Farm & Garden.

Pollinate Farm & Garden serves up a chance to make three types of kimchi with Sonoko Sakai, author of Rice Craft. Participants learn to prepare classic whole-cabbage kimchi, citrus “water” kimchi, and fresh daikon and cucumber kimchi as well as fresh rice balls. Take home the classic cabbage kimchi to complete the fermentation. Bring an apron, two 1-quart containers with lids (preferably mason jars), a chef’s knife, and a dish towel. Cost: $75. Info and registration: here

Three Kimchis
Thursday September 21, 6:30–9pm
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland 

Photo courtesy of Pollinate Farm & Garden.
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Savor the Region’s Best Street Food 

Frozen Kuhsterd keeps festival-goers cool at Eat Real. At right, Eric Szeto, founder of Shades of Sugar Bakeshop, shares a hug with Clover Sonoma mascot Clo the Cow.

Oakland’s Eat Real Fest offers a delicious variety of sweet and savory street foods in a big block-party atmosphere. Meet local and regional chefs, farmers, and food producers, and taste your fill. All street food items at the festival are priced at $10 or less and incorporate regionally sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients. Eat Real is the premier educational program of the Food Craft Institute, a nonprofit that helps to support and develop small-to-medium-scale artisan food companies. Free admission. Info: here

Eat Real Festival
Friday September 22, 3–9pm
Saturday September 23, 10:30am–9pm
Sunday September 24, 10:30am–6pm
Jack London Square, Oakland

Photos courtesy of Eat Real Festival.
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Knit, Purl, and Dye!

Create natural dyes using marigolds, dahlias, and other plants as part
of a two-class series in Oakland.

Natural dyer Helen Krayenhoff and knitters Carol Schwamberger and Jill Warner lead two classes for knitters who have mastered cast on/off, knit/purl, increase/decrease. At the first class, you’ll extract the dye from plant material collected locally, then tie the skeins to create random patterns and simmer them in the dye baths. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet or stained. At the second class, start knitting a beanie, scarf, or cowl using your uniquely dyed yarn. Max class size: 5 people. Cost: $120 (includes $25 materials fee).
Info and registration: here

Natural Dye Project Classes for Knitters

Class No. 1: Sunday September 17, 1–4pm

Class No. 2: Sunday September 24, 1–4pm

Class locations in Oakland’s Dimond District TBA upon registration.

Photos: Helen Krayenhoff


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It’s Cocktail Time!

Enjoy exquisite food and drink pairings at this Sonoma event hosted
by Edible Marin and Wine Country.

Edible Marin and Wine Country invite you to celebrate the area’s craft spirit distillers and local restaurants. It’s a chance to try out the area’s many spirit offerings, from both new and established providers. Enjoy cocktails expertly paired with foods from some of California’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming chefs. Tickets and info: here

Good Spirits 2017
Saturday, September 9, 3-6pm
Cornerstone Sonoma
23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma

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Culinary Thrills Around Tahoe

At Sample the Sierra, guests can enjoy a variety of regional food and drink pairings.

Enjoy Tahoe through food and drink with two September events:

Up first is the 32nd anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, a celebration of food, wine, spirits, and brews that also features hands-on cooking demos by celebrity chefs, a Farm-to-Tahoe dinner, winemaker luncheons and dinners, food and wine seminars, and Sunday’s Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting. Cost varies by event. Info: here

The following weekend is when South Lake Tahoe’s tastemakers come together for a farm-to-fork festival that pairs regionally sourced foods with locally crafted wine, beer, and spirits. Chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, winemakers, and farmers offer 20 booths with plenty of samples. In the festival marketplace, visitors can find locally made jam, soap, honey, and olive oil as well as fine art, jewelry, and crafts. Round out the experience with farm tours, music, and a cooking challenge featuring three regional chefs. Cost: $20–$40.
Info and tickets: here
Friday–Sunday, September 8–10, all day
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Northstar California Resort, North Lake Tahoe

8th Annual Sample the Sierra
Saturday September 16, noon–5pm (tasting ends at 4pm)
Bijou Community Park
1201 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe

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Just Peachy: Making the Most of Summer’s Last Stone Fruit

This is the first in our newsletter series from StopWaste about delicious ways to use foods that might otherwise end up in the compost. You’ll also find food storage tips and a recipe from StopWaste in our new Fall issue.

What’s the taste of late summer? A sweet, juicy peach, eaten out of hand! Through September and even October, the season for stone fruit lingers in the Bay Area, with nectarines, peaches, pluots, and plums abounding at farmers’ markets and grocery stores. 

If the stone fruit you’ve bought is still pretty hard, allow it to ripen at room temperature. Can’t wait? To speed up the ripening process, place fruit in a brown paper bag, loosely roll the top closed and leave it on the counter. The bag traps the ethylene gas the fruits give off, which hastens ripening.

Sometimes, however, you may find yourself on the other end of the timeline, with overripe peaches or—certainly the worst—mealy peaches that don’t appear to have a drop of juice! Before you reach for the compost bucket, try blending them into smoothies, baking a peach cobbler, or slow-cooking them into jam. With jam, you’ll make the most of your fruit and maybe even preserve some of that delicious flavor of summer for the cold season.… Read More

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Reinvent the Public Commons

This free, family-friendly street festival offers plenty of fun and practical activities: educational tutorials, swaps, garden installations, and live art and music. Learn about community organizations, bicycle culture, and the Justice Zone: an evolving collaboration with local leaders focused on the retention of long-term Oakland residents. The event is a collaboration between PLACE for Sustainable Living and various neighborhood organizations. They’ve drawn inspiration from City Repair’s Village Building Convergence, Sunday Streets, Oakland’s Art Murmur, and the mini Maker Faires. Free, but donations welcome. Info: here
Creating Commons Festival 2017
Saturday September 16, noon–7pm
64th and Marshall Streets, Oakland

The street mural “Declaring Peace Through All Our Relations” at 64th and Marshall St. has inspired a yearly Community Circle on the theme of peace. Photo courtesy of PLACE for Sustainable Living.

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