Dish: Calicraft Construction in the Creek
Prix fixe dinner magic in Moraga; Itani Ramen to open soon; Shakesbeer this weekend in Livermore.
Summer Opening for Calicraft Taproom
Good news, craft beer lovers: Calicraft Brewing Co. has started construction on its taproom in Walnut Creek. This is the long awaited addition to the brewery renowned for its Chez Panisse Farmhouse Ale, Oaktown Brown, and Cali Coast beers.
The taproom will open on Mitchell Drive in the Shadelands development. The area is buzzing with activity with a new Safeway shopping center under construction and expected to open later this year.
Blaine Landberg, Calicraft’s founder and brewer, says the taproom should open in July. While contractors are working away inside, 150 yards of hops have been planted out to the street.
Also new: Favorite brews Oaktown and Coast are being sold in six packs at local retailers, including Sprouts, Lunardi’s, and Whole Foods.
Finally, Calicraft has two new brews: “The Bay” is a double IPA, and the “Citra Gose” is a dry hopped gose.
Cheers to that!
Home/Made Does Dinner
One of our favorite breakfast-all-day spots is now serving dinner. Home/Made Kitchen Cafe & Bakery, which opened in Moraga two years ago, is offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner on Fridays for $34.99. The Friday menu changes weekly (for example, last week featured Moroccan chicken) and is served from 6 to 8 p.m.
If you plan on bringing your littles to dinner, the children’s prix fixe menu costs $16.95. Reservations are not required but are recommended. (Home/Made also serves lunch and brunch on the weekends. Its coffee bar and baked goods are available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
On Fridays, owners Aly Dean Miler and Gayle Somers are also offering happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Picture half-price wine and beer plus small bites, including classics like homemade guac and tortilla chips along with classic twists such as pulled pork sliders with wasabi slaw.
On other nights of the week, you can get Home/Made Kitchen’s take-out dinners, featuring freshly made seasonal soups, salads, and tried-and-true classics like meatloaf and lasagna (think butternut squash).
Itani Ramen Set to Debut
A while back, we reported on the future opening of Itani Ramen, by Kyle Itani, best known as the executive chef and owner of the popular Hopscotch.
Located at 1736 Telegraph Avenue, across from the Fox Theatre in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, this newest addition to Oakland’s dining scene is slated to open on May 2.
It will offer a casual dining experience with tableside and counter service. And plenty of ramen, from a variety of regions in Japan. Itani Ramen will also serve appetizers, local and Japanese beers on tap, sake, and coffee from Oakland-based Oakwood Roasted.
The restaurant will also feature a unique in-restaurant vending machine with a variety of Japanese treats plus roll cakes and the Bay Area classic It’s-It ice cream.
Shakesbeer Comes to Livermore
“Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.” - Othello
William Shakespeare apparently liked his liquor: He was full of quotable phrases when it came to libations. So with plenty of material, Livermore Shakes is paying tribute to the 400-year legacy of Shakespeare at Eight Bridges Brewing Co., by bringing a new version of Shakespeare to the stage with “Drunken Shakespeare.” The short performance—at 2 and 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 23—will showcase Shakespeare’s most famous drinking scenes as well as some of his most notorious “tipsy” characters.
In addition to the shows, Shakesbeer will sell local brews and food, and proceeds benefit the Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s education program. Sheakesbeer is sponsored by First Street Ale House, and takes place from 12 to 7 p.m.