Weekly Dish: Bread and Circus in the East Bay
Dancing and dining in Walnut Creek, spirited times in Alameda, makemeabreadwinner contest and national farmers' market week is here!
Hot news: fans of Walnut Creek’s popular 310 Eatery may soon be dancing for joy at the Redux Lounge around the corner as the two businesses have struck a deal to joint venture. Aaron Fong, 20-year-old owner of 310, has announced he will close his current Bonanza Street location to move into the 4000-square-foot Redux (including spacious kitchen), to offer an expanded LA street food menu served late for the club crowd. A good thing. It will take a lot of dancing to burn off those delicious beef-and-bacon burgers!
The fun continues. After their non-compete contract with Hangar One ended last April, Alameda-based St. George Spirits has been hard at work slaying the dragon with “impromptu tastings” of their new vodka. Over the next few months, they will release three special spirits—each distilled, barrel-aged, and bottled at the Alameda distillery: the aromatic single malt whiskey, Lot 14; the “funk and swagger” reserve agricole rum; and the reserve apple brandy created with New York City’s hot Eleven Madison Park restaurant. stgeorgespirits.com
Contests are summertime-hot: Now is a great time to visit your local farmers’ market for National Farmers’ Market week. Concord-based Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Assoc. is hosting a “Love My Market” competition to celebrate. Submit a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on Instagram with hashtag #lovemyPCFMA to win a two-night stay at the Capay Bed & Breakfast (near Sacramento) and tix to the Hoes Down Festival at Full Belly Farm! pcfma.com
Another online contest: For those of you jones-ing for Boudin's sourdough goodness (while the Broadway Plaza location is closed for renovations), you can now break some virtual bread with their makemeabreadwinner contest. Until midnight August 11 (that’s this Monday), bread lovers can post photos or videos to Boudin’s social media sites showing what you would do with a year’s supply of Boudin’s! Tag photos and videos with #makemeabreadwinner. Winners will win free sourdough bread every day for a year! That just might tide us over until Boudin reopens in BP in 2015. www.facebook.com/boudin; @boudinbakery; Instagram: boudinbakery
The American Cheese Society has announced the winners of their annual cheese-tasting competition. From 1,685 entries submitted (talk about a lot of cheese!) the Bay Area’s own Point Reyes Blue was awarded 2nd place. 1st place went to a Vermont’s Tarentaise Reserve from Farm City Kids Foundation and 3rd place was a tie between California’s Oakdale Cheese & Specialties’ Aged Gouda and New York’s Eden from Sprout Creek Farm. More cheese tales from the ACS at cheesesociety.org.
Hankering for great summertime BBQ? Watch local grill kings compete for cash prizes and bragging rights at the 5th Annual Clayton Rib Cook-Off, on August 9, from 10-6 at the Clayton Club. This membership drive for the Clayton Business & Community Assoc. is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! claytonncba.org/Event/RibCookOff
Finally, here’s the premier of Diablo Dish's Best Bites, memorable tidbits from East Bay restaurants:
Incontro, Danville – Tiny, fried risotto balls filled with creamy, cheesy goodness. I am still dreaming about Incontro’s Arancini, topped with garden-fresh pesto and served on their charming patio, that’s amore! incontrodanville.com
Sunol Ridge, Walnut Creek – Rolling out his new summer menu, Chef Frank Jordan has outdone himself with the seared calamari strips with baby potatoes in a savory tomato-onion sauce. Spanish and sassy and so good for you. Saluté! sunolridgerestaurantandbar.com
The Cooperage, Lafayette – Much has been made of Chef Erik’s magical Warm Brussels sprout salad (truly delicious!) but give me the oysters on the half shell anyday. Served up with a rainbow of mignonette sauces: cocktail, fire and ice, briny bivalves have never been so refreshing. thecooperagelafayette.com
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