So much to share this week: La Marcha is open in West Berkeley, Mamacitas Café is doing a preview for its brick-and-mortar location, a new brewery is headed to North Oakland and more.
BANNED BOOKS WEEK BIKE PARTY Join the Berkeley Public Library for the second annual Banned Books Week Bike Party on Saturday Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-12 noon. This year, the event takes place at South Branch (1901 Russell St.) for a kickoff celebration featuring bike decorating, music and more. Participants will then ride as a group over to the Central Library (2090 Kittredge) via Russell, Milvia and Kittredge streets for a reading from some of the most frequently challenged books. There will be a raffle off a prize for readers at the end. The ride is about 1 mile long and is perfect for beginning cyclists and kids. Info on the BPL’s website. (more…)
North Berkeley's Corso has gradually evolved over the years. Now the restaurant is truly coming into its own as it expands its handmade pasta and charcuterie programs.
It's getting close to the Bay Area's "summer," and we're celebrating by eating all of our meals outdoors. Try one of our eight picks for best patio dining in the East Bay.
Two new Berkeley cafés have found something new to offer. Mission: Heirloom serves coffee with camel’s milk or butter, while MeloMelo makes drinks with kava.
Oakland raises its minimum wage to $12.25, prompting many changes at local restaurants, Mr. Espresso wins an SCAA award, and much more in this week's Bites.
Citing safety concerns, the city of Berkeley wants to move the North Berkeley farmers market to a few hundred feet south-east of its current site on Shattuck Avenue.
Two new East Bay breweries are getting closer to opening, while B-Side BBQ and Café Rustica are calling it a day.
Berkeley's first kava bar has opened on University, the Adeline neighborhood has new Zing Café, and more in this week's Bites.
The Gourmet Ghetto is home to a new restaurant focused on seasonal ingredients cooked with a dash of Indo-Asian flair.
The Jewish deli has applied for a permit to build a parklet, which would be the third approved under a Berkeley pilot program launched last year.
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING Thanksgiving is behind us, and the winter holidays are just around the corner. Downtown Berkeley is kicking off the season with its third annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. It’s exactly what it sounds like — plus baked goods, holiday crafts for kids, and live music from the Berkeley Chamber Singers. Gather at the downtown BART Plaza on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m to participate. Check in on Yelp for a free gift. Berkeleyside is a sponsor of the event. (more…)
FILM FESTIVAL The Berkeley Video & Film Festival is a two-weekend feast of independent film, and it starts tonight, Oct. 30. Each year the East Bay Media Center narrows down(but not by much!) more than 100 submissions to a spectacular and international selection of shorts, animations, documentaries, and feature films. From a global dance documentary to animated sexual organs, there’s something for everyone. It all starts with a Student Film Marathon this weekend, and Berkeley High students get in free with ID. Otherwise, tickets for each film cost $10, or $5 for students and seniors, and they’re available at the door or by calling (510) 843-3699. A $25 pass gets you access to the whole festival. All films are screened at 1939 Addison Street. (more…)