Diablo Dish: Humphry Slocombe at the Hive
Explore Forkful in downtown Pleasanton; Vanessa’s Bistro 2 gets a makeover; Farm Creek Brewing Company in Walnut Creek reopens; Chef Donato Scotti makes more moves into the East Bay; and 21st Amendment Brewery celebrates the end of summer.
Oakland’s Hive Lands Humphry Slocombe
Humphry Slocombe is noted not only for its high-quality ice cream but also for its unusual flavors—while still providing some familiar options, too. For example, this month, the ice cream purveyor is offering Elote (summer corn ice cream with sour cream, ancho chili paste, and a squeeze of lime juice), Secret Breakfast (Bourbon ice cream with cornflakes), and Here’s Your Damn Strawberry (which needs no explanation).
Over the years, Humphry Slocombe fans have been able to sample such creations as Elvis: The Fat Years, McEvoy Olive Oil, and Old Hebrew Ale, as well as less unusual flavor profiles such as Cinnamon Brittle, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Toasted Almond.
Note that even though the scoops are free, Humphry Slocombe suggests visitors donate $1 to Project Open Hand.
Forkful Brings Sweet and Savory Flavors to Pleasanton
What better way to spend a fall weekend than enjoying good food and drink from 15 different restaurants? Starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, guests at downtown Pleasanton’s inaugural Forkful will be treated to some sparkling wine and a commemorative rose gold fork before they set off on a foodie adventure.
At 3 p.m., the savory portion of the self-paced tour of downtown’s many food options will begin, and at 4 p.m. the sweet segment will commence.
Of course, those who buy the $50 tickets can chart their own route—enjoying complimentary adult beverages along the way—before it all wraps up at 6 p.m.
A New Look for Vanessa’s Bistro 2
After initiating a remodel on August 20, Vanessa’s Bistro 2 in Walnut Creek will reopen this Thursday night.
Though Vanessa’s has carved out a niche in the crowded restaurant scene since it opened in 2013, increased investment along Locust—by way of Broderick’s Roadhouse, Lokanta Mediterranean Grill and Bar, and Limon Rotisserie moving in—pushed owner Michael Nguyen to upgrade.
“Food isn’t enough any more,” he said. “It has to photograph well.”
The quick turnaround on the remodel, which will feature a higher ceiling and live plants, is the result of a year’s worth of planning and around-the-clock efforts this past week—meaning Vanessa’s makeover will be completed in record time.
Walnut Creek’s Farm Creek Brewing Company Reopens
After closing down its Pine Street taproom for a month to expand production—demand for Farm Creek Brewing Company suds is way up—a grand reopening celebration is set for Saturday, August 26, at noon.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by free BBQ sliders, though it’s recommended that those hankering for the Worth Ranch goodies get there early, because when they run out, they run out.
But food will pick up again at 3 p.m., when the 2 Legit 2 Pit food truck pulls up with its ribs and pulled pork nachos (though not for free, sadly). Naturally, there will also be plenty of beer—including 10 on tap. And of those ten, seven are brand-new brews.
On Sunday, the same ten beers will be on tap, but the Canasta food truck will be on hand starting at 2 p.m. to serve its top-shelf Latin food.
Donato Scotti to Add Another East Bay Restaurant
Chef Donato Scotti will increase his burgeoning restaurant empire to four in late September, when Donato and Co. opens in Berkeley’s Elmwood district in The Advocate’s former space.
Scotti’s other East Bay eatery is DESCO in downtown Oakland, and his Donato Enoteca and CRU restaurants are in Redwood City.
His newest spot will focus on rustic Italian fare with a contemporary, locally sourced touch. Both Scotti and fellow chef Gianluca Guglielmi grew up in Italy, so authenticity will not be an issue.
Celebrate AugustFest at 21st Amendment Brewery
21st Amendment Brewery, one of the first craft breweries in the Bay Area, will host its third annual AugustFest on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., at its San Leandro brewery and taproom.
Of course, there will be plenty of beer options (beer tickets are $5 each), but the brewery’s front-yard party will also include live music from The Stone Foxes and plenty of food from local spots, including 4505 Burgers and BBQ, The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, La Poblana food truck, Wheelys Cafe San Leandro, and Three Twins Ice Cream.
And the cost of admission? Zero (can’t beat that price)—plus, a free shuttle will run from the San Leandro BART station to the Williams Street location all day long.
But that’s not all—for $21, visitors can pick up a 21st Amendment mug and four beer tickets, and that mug can be filled with rare beers each hour at the Rare Beer Station. Kids can enjoy two bounce houses, adults can savor a cigar lounge, and more fun to go around.