Diablo Dish: Chef Carlos Altamirano to Open Barranco in Lafayette
A former Wente chef is opening his own Tri-Valley restaurant; Beer Baron is heading to Rockridge; meet food writer and James Beard Award nominee Melissa Clark; and celebrate First Wednesdays in Pleasanton.
A Piece of Peru to Land in Lafayette
Fans of Parada in Walnut Creek—and the six other concepts run by chef Carlos Altamirano—will be delighted with yet another opportunity to enjoy his creative take on traditional Peruvian food when Barranco opens this summer in Lafayette.
Set to take over the former Baja Fresh space on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Barranco is named after the district of Lima, Peru, that’s famous for its beaches and seafood. There may not be any beaches close to Lafayette, but Barranco will pay homage to Altamirano’s favorite area in Lima by highlighting seafood dishes along with family-style tapas and classic Peruvian dishes like pollo a la brasa.
And of course, no Peruvian restaurant would be complete without a drink menu full of pisco cocktails, so expect an array of artisanal libations that range from classic pisco sours to chilcanos made with seasonally rotating variations. Barranco will also offer beer and a carefully curated selection of wines from California and South America.
Once the doors open, Barranco will serve lunch and dinner every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., giving us plenty of opportunities to sample the latest Altamirano offerings.
But don’t forget: Barranco isn’t the only project Altamirano is working on, as he’s planning to open Paradita Eatery in the Emeryville Public Market later this month. Like Barranco, Paradita will offer authentic Peruvian cuisine, but it will have a special focus on Peruvian street food, such as classic sandwiches, rice bowls, and grilled anticuchos (meat skewers). The fast-casual restaurant will also offer “grab-and-go” options and curbside service.
We’ll keep you posted on opening dates for both of Altamirano’s new East Bay eateries.
Salt Craft Coming in Time for Summer
Matt Greco spent four years working as the executive chef at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, but he always wanted to open an eatery of his own—and his dream will finally be realized when Salt Craft opens in Pleasanton this summer.
The “chef-driven casual restaurant” will focus on California fare made with local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Salt Craft will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feature a wide variety of items, from house-baked pastries in the morning, to fresh salads and sandwiches at lunch, to whole-grain pastas at dinnertime. Local craft beers, California wines, and house-made sodas will round out the offerings, which will also be available for takeout. But those who time to dine-in will be able to enjoy their meal outside on the spacious patio on nice summer day.
The new eatery will be located in a 1930s Spanish colonial-style house on Main Street, and Greco plans on keeping the space open and airy so diners feels as though they’re eating in their own home.
We can’t wait to see what he cooks up at Salt Craft!
Beer Baron Expands Its Mini Empire
With a third location debuting in downtown Santa Rosa this summer, Beer Baron will open its fourth bar and restaurant in Oakland’s bustling Rockridge neighborhood this fall, adding to the existing locations in Livermore and Pleasanton.
The upcoming Oakland site, which will be situated down the street from Zachary’s Pizza and Ramen Shop on College Avenue, will be bigger than the Pleasanton and Livermore locations, but everything else will be pretty much the same. Like the other Beer Barons, the new space will boast 30 craft beers on tap, an extensive whiskey and bourbon selection, and classic comfort food like tacos, chicken and waffles, and burgers with duck-fat fries. There will also be an extensive patio and private room that can be reserved for parties and corporate events.
Melissa Clark Makes Making Dinner Special
New York Times reporter Melissa Clark—who has written 38 books (of course, we all would’ve written at least 30 books by now if we’d only had a little more time) to complement her food column and weekly cooking video series—will be making an appearance at Oakland’s Rockridge Market Hall on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Clark will discuss her most recent release, Dinner: Changing the Game, and sign copies afterward. Her latest cookbook features simple single-pan recipes that deliver delicious main courses, such as sheet-pan chicken with spicy harissa and curried lentils with poached eggs. The book aims to show that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, and that a simple addition (like adding chorizo to a burger or charred lemon to pasta, for example) can elevate an ordinary meal into something special.
You’ll be able to get a taste of the foods featured in the cookbook, as there will be various dishes available for sampling at the event. And while admission is free, you’ll have to buy the book to get it signed.
alaMar Celebrates an Anniversary
Celebrate alaMar Kitchen and Bar’s three-year anniversary this Sunday with live music and delicious food and drinks. The Oakland restaurant is offering a $35.99 prix-fixe special from noon to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sip on a complimentary glass of bubbly and enjoy endless helpings from a build-your-own poke bar (with toppings like Sriracha maple bacon) and a Dominican rice bowl buffet (try the braised Black Angus oxtail). Hors d'oeuvres and treats will also be passed around as guests listen to tunes from Brazilian band Namorados da Lua and renowned Bay Area DJ Kepik.
The festivities are bound to start or end your Sunday on a perfect note.
Celebrate Wednesdays in Pleasanton
There will soon be reason to get excited about Wednesdays, as Pleasanton will be kicking off its First Wednesday Street Parties on May 3. Featuring live music, food trucks, and activities for kids—plus a beer and wine garden—the Main Street festivities will certainly make at least one of your Wednesday nights more fun.
The parties will run from 6 to 10 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month from May through August. (The exact dates are June 7, July 5, and August 2.)
We’ll see you there!