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Oakland Crush store to celebrate small wineries

Oakland Crush interior. Rendering courtesy: Medium Plenty
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For 20 years, Erin Coburn worked to make art more accessible. Now she’s shifting her focus to something more potable — wine. Sustainably produced, small-batch, delicious wine.

Coburn, a former museum administrator, has been quietly building a new wine store in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Called Oakland Crush, the store will showcase wines from small-production, independent wineries, many of which (of course) are local to Northern California. As is typical with many newer wine shops, Oakland Crush will also include a tasting area. There, Coburn hopes to host wine tastings a couple days a week.

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But she’s quick to note that Oakland Crush will not be a bar. It will focus on bottle sales and events. She wants to highlight the producers themselves: winemakers will be a consistent presence at the tastings. And she wants to keep things low key. “I want to bring people together to learn about wine in an accessible way,” she said. … Continue reading »

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8 top East Bay patios for enjoying an Indian Summer

Enjoying chips and salsa on Comal's pack patio. Photo: TKTK
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September, the East Bay’s other summer, is almost upon is. While al fresco dining is a year-round option in our pocket of Northern California, these warm days and golden evenings are the perfect time to take advantage of some of the area’s outdoor dining and drinking spots. And, since El Niño is supposed to give us a long, wet winter (we hope!) it may be a while before patios seem appealing again. Below are eight of our favorite places, but we’re sure we missed a few — leave us a comment if you have a much-loved patio or garden that didn’t make our list. … Continue reading »

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East Bay Vintners to celebrate 10th drinkfest

White and sparkling wines to be featured at Urban Wine Xperience. Photo: Granate Sosnoff
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The first time I visited Robert Lynch’s Irish Monkey winery, I found myself in a warehouse-type district on the edge of the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland during a community bottling party. Lynch was there, hands-on, orchestrating the whole thing. I had come for a tasting and ended up putting corks in Sangiovese (and then tasting).

Events like this go on all the time with urban winemakers in the East Bay. Tasting rooms run the gamut, from charming makeshift barrel-tables alongside actual barrels of wine, to full-on Napa-style rooms at Cerruti or Rock Wall of Alameda.

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Most East Bay wineries are members of the East Bay Vintners Alliance (EBVA), a group that’s grown from an original eight to over 20 wineries. Aug. 1, the alliance hosts its annual Urban Wine Xperience (UWX) offering a unique opportunity to taste a wide variety of great wines made by local winemakers including those without tasting rooms.

From 1 to 4 p.m. at 55 Harrison St. in Oakland, wine and food lovers who get their tickets early (the event sold out last year) will get to taste the delicacies of local restaurants such as Nido and Chop Bar, paired with over 60 different wines from over 20 urban winemakers. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Millennium opens, Iyasare news, more

Millennium restaurant in Rockridge. Photo: Millennium/Facebook
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MILLENNIUM OPENS IN ROCKRIDGE Earlier this year, we broke the news that San Francisco’s Millennium restaurant was moving into the former Box & Bells space in Rockridge. As of yesterday, June 4, the new Millennium is open for business. The vegan restaurant announced its San Francisco closure back in January; the owners of the Geary Street hotel, in which it was housed, sold the building and the new owners did not wish to keep the restaurant. Owners Eric Tucker and Alison Bagby raised some of the funds for the Oakland move on a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The new Millennium has a similar menu to the original location, featuring high-end, plant-based dishes made with organic, seasonal produce. Inside Scoop reports that the menu will be slightly shorter than at the San Francisco location to fit the smaller kitchen and will also include a few less-expensive (read: under $20) dishes. Tucker and Bagby plan to continue their winemaker dinners, cooking classes and special dinners. They plan to add new events “tailored to the new space” as well as weekend brunch starting in the fall. For now, Millennium is in soft opening mode and is serving dinner seven nights a week. Millennium Restaurant is at 5912 College Ave. (at Chabot), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading »

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Sunset is moving to Oakland’s Jack London Square

A rendering of Sunset's new headquarters in Jack London Square. Image: Sunset
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Sunset, the venerable Californian publishing company best known for the monthly Sunset Magazine, is moving its headquarters to Jack London Square in Oakland.

The move, which is set for December, will see the company leave the beautiful Cliff May-designed Menlo Park campus that it has occupied since 1951. That property was sold last year by Sunset’s owners, Time Inc., to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a San Francisco real-estate investment and management company.

Along with the company’s Oakland editorial and business offices, to be designed by San Francisco architects RMW, Sunset will establish an additional presence at Cornerstone in Sonoma. That will include a test garden, outdoor kitchen and live programming.

The new headquarters will be located at 55 Harrison Street, Sunset announced today. The company will be in the same building that will house the Water Street Market, an artisan food marketplace being developed by Carlin Company, the team behind San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace and Napa’s Oxbow Public Market. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Millennium on for Rockridge, Vampire Penguin

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VAMPIRE PENGUIN HAS THE GREEN LIGHT Berkeley will soon have its own shaved ice restaurant. We brought you news about Vampire Penguin, the popular Sacramento-based Taiwanese dessert restaurant, last fall. The restaurant now has its hands on a building permit, and manager Anthony Bai hopes to be open by mid-May. Vampire Penguin specializes in gourmet shaved ice — made primarily of fruit concentrate, sugar and non-dairy cream — with a variety of flavors and toppings like fruit, oats, taro, condensed milk, candies and other treats. It’s a potent combination; one Sacramento news outlet named the product, also known as “shaved snow,” the “best mouthgasam” in the city. Vampire Penguin will be at 2575 Telegraph Ave. (at Parker Street), Berkeley. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook.Continue reading »

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Bites: Newberry Market to Uptown Station, more

A rendering of Newberry Market & Deli, the first tenant to sign on to open in the renovated Sears Building in Uptown Oakland, which developers Lane Partners hope to see transformed into a foodie and tech hub for the Millennial generation. Rendering: Steelblue
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NEWBERRY MARKET & DELI TO UPTOWN STATION The first tenant to sign on to the ambitious Uptown Station project in the old Sears building above Oakland’s 19th Street BART station is upscale grocery store Newberry Market & Deli, reports Inside Scoop. The 20,000-square foot store will take its cues from artisanal markets such as Bi-Rite and Market Hall, and will offer everything from organic produce and grocery staples to hot and cold prepared items such as sandwiches, salads, rotisserie meats, and soups. Newberry Market also plans to have a a full-service butcher shop, charcuterie and cheese counter, a café, flower shop, and grab-and-go pizza by the slice. Even with all of these amenities, owners Ann Thai and Loren Goodwin hope to keep the prices “affordable and accessible.” Newberry Market, named after the old Newberry’s department store that operated next door many years ago, will be the anchor tenant in the ground floor food hall, which developers Lane Partners hope to fill with other niche food  and tech businesses and turn into a type of hip Ferry Building for the Millennial generation. Thai and Goodwin hope to open the market in fall 2016. Newberry Market will be at 1954 Telegraph Ave. (at 19th Street), Oakland.Continue reading »

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Bites: Rec Room, Octopus Literary Salon opening

The Rec Room Cafe. Photo: Sean Rouse/Twitter
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THE REC ROOM A café and education space is coming to South Berkeley, hopefully by April. The Rec Room bills itself as a “family spot,” an indoor space where parents and caretakers can come with small children to eat, learn and chat. In addition to local, organic, and nut-free food, coffee and tea, The Rec Room will offer everything from free pre-school activities and child-minding, to classes on creative writing, cooking and science for elementary-aged children. The Rec Room will be at 3222 Adeline St. (between Fairview and Harmon streets). Connect with the café on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Continue reading »

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Jack London Square to get food marketplace

Oxbow Public Market. Photo Scott Beale
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San Francisco has the Ferry Building. Napa has the Oxbow Public Market. And, come fall of 2016, Oakland should have Water Street Market, a place of local food purveyors in Jack London Square.

Steve Carlin, CEO of the Carlin Company, who designed both the Ferry Building Marketplace as well as Oxbow Market, has recently come on board to oversee the development of the new marketplace.

The intention for the waterfront development had always been to install a market of local, sustainable producers inside the mixed-use building on the South End of the square, next to the Daniel Patterson restaurant Haven. However the downturn in the economy forced the developers to halt the project and the space has stood vacant for many years.

“When we finished the building in 2009, it was a challenging moment in the economy so we weren’t able to implement the market at that time,” said Will Miller, a partner at the San Francisco-based Ellis Partners Inc. “But a lot has happened since then.” … Continue reading »

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Bites: Box and Bells closes, Haven on pause, more

Meats with sauerkraut (Boudin blanc; corned beef with parsley sauce). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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BOX AND BELLS IS DONE After about 15 months of operation in Rockridge, James Syhabout’s Box and Bells has closed. (Nosh previewed the restaurant in 2013.) The restaurant shut down Wednesday, according to a notice on the company website. Box and Bells, at 5912 College Ave. in Oakland, featured dishes inspired by staff meals at Syhabout’s higher-end Commis — think hearty comfort food like poutine, fried chicken and burgers topped with cheese curds. In an official statement posted on Inside Scoop SF, Syhabout explained that “despite our greatest efforts, the concept simply did not resonate with the neighborhood and result in the success necessary to sustain the restaurant.” Operations at Syhabout’s other Oakland restaurants, the Michelin-starred Commis, Hawker Fare and The Dock at Linden Street, will continue. And the closure appears unlikely to slow him down: Syhabout is gearing up to open a new Hawker Fare location in San Francisco later this month. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Tia’s, Longbranch, Descanso, Plank and more

Dana Zumot, the new owner of Tia's, a cafe that has replaced Levant, which was only open a few weeks. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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TIA’S A new café called Tia’s is set to open imminently at the spot once occupied by the short-lived Levant Organic Café on the corner of Kittredge and Oxford streets in downtown Berkeley. The owner, Dana Zumot, has previously worked as a restaurant manager and her love of cooking led her to open her own place at 2177 Kittredge St. Tia’s will be a casual café serving salads and panini sandwiches, as well as coffee and tea. With its location close to the Cal campus, and its light-filled atmosphere, Zumot is hoping Tia’s becomes a popular hang-out space. Telephone the café at 510-647-9863 to confirm it is open before venturing out. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Centouno in Jack London Square

Centouno. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Centouno in Oakland’s Jack London Square.

Owner Fabio Dalle Vacche has teamed up with his mother, Luigina Delfino — who’s been cooking for 40 years — to launch a cozy, rustic and stylish Italian restaurant on Broadway just north of Jack London Square. Dalle Vacche drew inspiration from his family’s trattoria, just outside Parma, Italy, and has state-side experience opening Borgo Italia in Old Oakland and consulting for restaurants in New York City. Dalle Vacche goes out of his way to make diners comfortable. Dishes are “an homage” to Delfino’s long culinary history, and reasonably priced to boot. Via the restaurant website, “Using only the best ingredients, her recipes are unassuming, delicious and served the way she does in her own kitchen. Not distracted by unneeded garnish, the food is rustic, cooked with love and speaks for itself.” See the initial menu here to get a sense of the offerings, but items do change.

Centouno, at 101 Broadway, at the Embarcadero in Oakland, opened in December, and Nosh was invited for a complimentary meal for two to try it out. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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Authentic Bagel: A New York meets Bay Area recipe

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It happens numerous times a day, starting around noon and going into the afternoon: the “Bagel Brothers” at Authentic Bagel Company in Jack London Square are cleaning up and putting their kitchen back together after turning it into a retail store, when someone stops by for a bagel with a schmear. The reply is always the same: “We were sold out by 11:30.” When that reply deviates, it’s that they sold out even earlier.

The brothers’ bagel business is all about customer service, and they want to give their customers what they want. Which is why they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, to expand their business into a proper café and retail space next door.

“We do roughly between 1,200 and 1,800 bagels a day out of 650 square feet of space,” said Jason Scott, the younger of the two siblings. After they are done baking, an elaborate ritual of Tetris happens, in which they fashion their tiny space into a retail shop, moving counters, toasters and a flat-top so they can sell bagel breakfast sandwiches and coffee. … Continue reading »

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