Taste Your Way through Eat Real

Arrive hungry to this bustling street-food festival, where you’ll find scrumptious and affordable food, craft beer, and local wine from more than 50 regional food trucks and vendors. Taste a range of savory and sweet dishes, from curry, cheesesteaks, and dumplings to frozen “khustard” and ice cream tacos. Watch live food demos by local chefs…

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Tomato-Tasting Heaven

  Sample the variety of luscious tomatoes grown at MariLark Farms, and also feel free to bring and share the bounty from your own garden. Enjoy a seed saving demo, a raffle, and a seed swap. Please RSVP: Charlie(at)marilark.com or here Read our story about Charlie Costello and his generous practice of giving tomato plants…

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Films by Les Blank Come Back to the Bay Area

  Two classic documentaries by legendary Berkeley filmmaker Les Blank have been restored and will screen in the Bay Area. Argot Pictures presents Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders), a film about the music and culture of immigrant farmworkers on the Texas-Mexico border, and Del Mero Corazón (Straight From the Heart), which illuminates love songs in the…

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Cocktails Take Center Stage in Oakland

  Celebrate Oakland’s unique cocktail heritage and community and enjoy special drinks crafted just for the week. Find $10 cocktails inspired by Oakland and explore a lineup of festive events and tours that connect cocktail fans with spirits makers and business owners. A portion of event proceeds benefits the nonprofit Oakland Indie Alliance. Info: here  …

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Fall Composting Basics

Gardener’s Notebook By Joshua Burman Thayer     It only takes a few cool evenings and wet mornings to give a sense that fall is coming. Squirrels stash nuts and songbirds fatten on dry seeds, giving us a little help with clearing away the summer plant residues as we make room for cool season crops.…

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Strozzapreti or Rotini?

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy pasta with Allison Arevalo, former owner of Oakland’s Homeroom, and the creator of Pasta Friday, a meal she put on 52 times for a large group of friends and family. Allison’s new book, The Pasta Friday Cookbook, offers pasta and salad recipes for each week of the year along…

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Inspired by Nature

  Eight local artists, Dorothy Abuan, Elissa Callen, Lorrie Fink, Shari Arai DeBoer, Leah Jean, Helen Krayenhoff, Katie McCann, and Junko Stickney, display and sell their work at this lively community event. Plants and garden wares are also for sale, and live music is by the country duo Mo B. and Dick. Snacks include made-to-order…

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Women Entrepreneurs Speak on Abundance and Collaboration

  Enjoy an inspiring afternoon of conversation at Soul Food Farm. Speakers include Sallie Calhoun, co-owner of Paicines Ranch; Abbey Kingdon Smith, co-founder of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management; Sibella Kraus, founder of Sustainable Agriculture Education – SAGE; artist N’gina Kavookjian, founder of South; and Judith Redmond, co-owner of Full Belly Farm. Naomi Starkman,…

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A Vineyard Feast

  Celebrate the Wine Country harvest with a Provençal-inspired Grand Aioli—a multi-course feast of grilled meats, seafood, and garden-fresh produce paired with the finest Robert Mondavi wines. Meet artisan food purveyors French Corner Crèpes and Fabrique Délices and enjoy dinner and live music as the sun sets over the vineyards. Top off your late-summer evening…

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Marvelous Meals, Every Day

Kristina’s Book shelf   No Crumbs Left: Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous by Teri Turner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) In No Crumbs Left, food and lifestyle blogger Teri Turner shares dozens of easy-to-prepare meat and seafood-focused recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are mostly low-carb and gluten-free. I used ingredients from Monterey Market…

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