Take a Tea-tasting Journey

    Come learn the fundamentals of gongfu cha, known as the connoisseur’s preferred method for brewing Chinese tea. In Chinese, “gongfu” (kungfu) means “skills and effort.” In this workshop, Annie Chen, founder of Teaphile, demonstrates gongfu cha using the appropriate tea vessels and explains how this method differs from other brewing styles. Cost: $20.…

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Easter and Passover Recipes from Market Hall Foods

Market Hall is the East Bay place to go for food inspiration any time of year, but when you’re laying out a holiday spread, it can be an especially helpful place to stop. Market Hall chefs offer a full menu of prepared foods for each holiday, and they also generously share recipes like these for…

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Juicy Brews Hits the West Coast

  Join the folks from New York–based Hop Culture Magazine for Juicy Brews WestFest, an afternoon of fun and beer. Held at Drake’s Dealership, this craft beer festival benefits City Slicker Farms and offers unlimited pours from some of the country’s best breweries. Chat with the brewers, meet artist Killer Acid, and enjoy a variety of foods…

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Co-op Curious?

    Interested in going co-op? Don’t miss the California Center for Cooperative Development’s 10th annual co-op conference. Learn how to strengthen a co-op or start a new one. Learn about cooperative housing, worker groups, and consumer stores like food co-ops, and hear about the role co-ops play in the creation of jobs and housing. Workshops cover…

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Food, Wine, & Music, Italian Style

  Anaviv’s Table and celebrated Italian author and chef Roberto Forretti invite you to a sensory experience of food, wine, and music highlighting Italy’s Le Marche region. Come savor a four-course meal accompanied by fine regional wines, a guided olive oil tasting, a pasta-making demo, and an opera performance by tenor Carlo Assogna featuring songs from…

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Get Planting!

Gardeners and aspiring gardeners: Come out to Rodgers Ranch, where you’ll find a wide array of locally grown plants for sale. Enjoy family fun, artisan vendors, and free classes on soil, fertilizer, foraging, and more. Local food offerings include slow-cooked BBQ and vegan options. Rain or shine. Info: here or 925.890.7289   6th Annual Rodgers Ranch…

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Quick Meals Packed with Flavor

Kristina’s Bookshelf   Milk Street: Tuesday Nights By Christopher Kimball (Little, Brown and Company, 2018) In the Introduction to his first cookbook, Christopher Kimball, the man behind the much-loved cooking school, bimonthly magazine, and television and radio programs called Milk Street, says “flavor is built with ingredients, not time.” This promise of tasty, quick-to-cook meals…

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Be the Community in CSA

  Those who subscribe to a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program enjoy fresh seasonal produce as they pay in advance to help stabilize their selected farm’s income. Along with the fresh fruits and veggies, many farms offer items like flowers, eggs, meat, seafood, and honey. For a close look at some local CSA programs, read our…

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Keep your Herbs Fresh

Just a few sprigs of fresh herbs can add amazing depth and flavor to a dish and boost nutritional value too! Parsley, basil, chives, mint, tarragon, cilantro, and dill all have high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. But even when recipes call for more than a garnish, the better part of most herb bunches…

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Made in Oakland

  Come explore local art, crafts, wine, and food as Côte West Winery celebrates local makers. The winery is opening its production space for participants to display and sell their wares, develop community, and bring awareness to some of the great things happening in Oakland. The tasting room, adjoining the production area, will be open…

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