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Bondolio Farm Holiday Open House and Olive Oil Tasting 

    Tour the farm and mill and taste newly pressed award-winning extra-virgin olive oils at this Winters olive farm where they grow Sicilian cultivars and craft their blends using Old World methods. Bondolio Olio Nuovo will be available in the tasting room along with carefully selected gifts and gourmet food items from artisan producers…

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Upgrade Your Olive Oil Smarts

    Join local experts for a lively, informational olive oil workshop and tasting. Olive oil specialists Nancy Ash of Strictly Olive Oil and Kathryn Tomajan of Fat Gold (with assistance from Roberta Klugman) guide participants through a series of new harvest oils with accompanying foods. Learn about the production of olive oil from tree to bottle and…

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Warm Olives with Preserved Lemon

  Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook By John McReynolds, Mike Emanuel, and Fiorella Butron Recipes reprinted with permission from © Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook by Rizzoli, 2019.  Images: © Leslie Sophia Lindell   WARM OLIVES WITH PRESERVED LEMON   Serves 6 Cold olives right out of the refrigerator pale in comparison to…

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Crafts at the Farmers’ Market

    Finding holiday gifts is a joy when you shop for hand-crafted items at the farmers’ market. The Winter Crafts Fair at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market highlights Bay Area artists and artisans and serves as an annual benefit for the Ecology Center. Come peruse jewelry, kitchenware, glassware, wooden bowls, wool clothing, and much…

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Shrubs go Festive this Season

  When you visit Dafna Kory’s Emeryville kitchen at 1307 61st Street, you can sample shrubs, jams, and ginger snacks during special holiday hours and take advantage of gift wrapping during the month of December. Take home a bottle of quince shrub and relax with this cocktail at the end of the day. Ask a…

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Handcrafted Holiday Goods

  Printmaker and Edible East Bay contributor Gary Crandall is among the artists displaying his wares at the Handcrafted Holiday Sale in Walnut Creek. Crandall is offering linocut prints, including 20 versions of five designs from his Farm Hands series. The sale also features glass, jewelry, ceramics, photography, fiber arts and more, all crafted by…

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A Handmade Winter Salon

  Peruse handcrafted goods and sample June Taylor’s organic preserves, syrups, and confections at this salon offering chocolates, textiles, linens, apparel, ceramics, jewelry, collage, stationary, and more. Info: here June Taylor works directly with small family farms, seeking out heirloom and forgotten fruits. Following traditional methods of preserving, she hand cuts fruit and cooks it…

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Get More Out of Your Holiday Meal with Bone Broth

  After preparing a big holiday meal, most of us crave a break from hours in the kitchen and from the rich food we may have over indulged in. The good news is that we may already have all the ingredients for an easy, delicious, and super healthy meal for the next day—bone broth, made…

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Feast on Tapas, Learn Spanish

Learn some basic Spanish as you indulge in Spanish-influenced Californian tapas at this monthly event. Esther leads guests in simple Spanish conversation as she shares her family’s traditional dishes from Valencia. It’s a project of the culinary collective Made2Gather, founded by Chef Lee Davidson with the goal of connecting people to their communities, cultures, and…

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