Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.
1) It’s Oakland Veg Week, and a number of local restaurants are running vegan/vegetarian promotions. Two that caught my eye: the four-course vegetarian tasting menu ($34) at Italian stalwart Bellanico (4238 Park Blvd.) and the array of Chinese vegetarian specials at Lin Jia (3437 Lakeshore Blvd.). Check out the full list of Veg Week participants here.
Other meat-free festivities this week include happy hour at Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon (48 Webster St.) on Saturday, April 26 (4-7 p.m.), and a vegan pop-up at Baia Pasta (431 Water St.) on Sunday, April 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
- Setup for one of Homestead's family-style Sunday Suppers (via Facebook)
2) Is there any other type of restaurant program that’s as universally beloved, and yet as criminally underrepresented, as the family-style Sunday Supper? Hopefully, Oakland’s Homestead
(4029 Piedmont Ave.) will start a new trend: Chef-owners Fred and Elizabeth Sassen recently launched a Sunday Supper program
at their Piedmont Avenue restaurant. Every Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the restaurant will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner, served family-style in the middle of the table, with prices ranging from $30 to $40 a person — for the first week, the centerpiece of the meal was a whole roast chicken; last week, for Easter, the kitchen served lamb two ways. The menu will be posted weekly on Homestead’s website
and in the front window of the restaurant. (I’ve yet to receive confirmation, but word on the street is that this Sunday’s meal will involve clam linguini.) Vegetarian options are available upon request, and, in addition to the regular beverage menu, there will be $18 carafes of house red and white wine.
3) Uptown Oakland’s Kingston 11
(2270 Telegraph Ave.), the subject of this week’s restaurant review
, will launch Sunday brunch service in two weeks, on Sunday, May 11. Featured menu items will include a traditional “Jamaican Breakfast” (saltfish and ackee, fried dumplings, and plantains), pineapple pancakes with rum-infused maple syrup, pulled oxtail and jerk chicken sandwiches, and house-smoked salmon on a bagel. Coffee will be supplied by Oakland’s own Red Bay Coffee Roasters
. According to chef Nigel Jones, once brunch has been running for about a month, he’ll launch weekday lunch service as well.
4) Inside Scoop
reports that a new all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse called Galeto Brazilian Grill
(which we first tipped you off about in December
) is opening next week in Old Oakland, at 1019 Clay Street — the former LCX Noodle House space — probably on Thursday, May 1. In addition to the usual churrascaria
options, the temple of meat will also serve pasta dishes and charcoal-roasted free-range organic chickens, both a nod to the influence of Italian immigrants in Brazil. Lunch will be priced at $18.95 a person; dinner will be $34.95. Dessert will be served a la carte, and will include rabanada
, a traditional Brazilian bread pudding.
5) Curbside Creamery
(482 49th St., Oakland), Temescal Alley’s new ice cream shop, has announced a June 1 opening date. Owner Victoria Wentworth, who currently peddles her ice cream out of a mobile vending trike, said the shop will feature a twelve-flavor display case and several different kinds of ice cream sandwiches. Check the shop’s Facebook page
6) Berkeleyside Nosh reports that two new breweries are coming to the East Bay. First, Far West Brewing
, a new craft brewery and restaurant, is coming to 1150 Sixth Street in West Berkeley. The 10,212-square-foot building will also house a barrel-aging facility. Meanwhile, Alameda Island Brewing Company
is building out its brewery at 1716 Park Street in Alameda. The space will include a brewing facility, a tasting room, and a 60-seat dining area that will feature food from local purveyors like Baron’s Eats and East End Pizza.
7) Alerting all artisanal cider lovers: This Saturday, April 26, Berkeley will host its first Cider Summit
, a Seattle-based series of cider festivals, from 12-6 p.m. at Civic Center Park (2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). About 90 different ciders from the U.S. and Europe will be featured. A $25 ticket
($30 at the door) buys you a souvenir tasting glass and eight tasting tickets, each of which is good for a four-ounce sample.
8) The New Taste Marketplace
, a pop-up market for up-and-coming Bay Area food artisans, will host a spring picnic this Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Gregory's of Nyssa Episcopal Church (500 De Haro St., San Francisco). As always, a number of East Bay-based vendors will be featured, including Prickly Pig
(slow-roasted BBQ pork sandwiches), Boucherie Cured Meats
, Natty Cakes
, and Mollie Rose Baking Company
. Proceeds will benefit the food pantry program at St. Gregory’s.
9) This week in food-related Kickstarter projects: Berkeley-based SweeTooth Design has created a poster
documenting the historical origins of thirty iconic cookies from around the world. Check it out
10) ICYMI, this week I looked at Emeryville-based COOK!,
a day camp for kids who love to cook.