Diablo Dish: Les Arceaux to Bring Southern French Cuisine to Berkeley
Another brewery opens in Oakland; a new happy hour in Berkeley; a Spanish celebration at Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona; a sweet deal for National Ice Cream Day; plus, a chance to win free tickets to a fun wine and food event!
These Arches are French, Not Golden
A taste of France will be arriving in Berkeley this fall, when Les Arceaux opens on Shattuck Avenue in the former Bistro Liaison space.
The new restaurant is being launched by Mikha Diaz and chef-owner Alana O’Neal. O'Neal decided to start a culinary career after visiting an organic farmers market in Montpellier, France, that was held under the arches of an ancient stone aqueduct. So it’s not surprising that Les Arceaux, whose name translates to “the arches,” will be a South of France–inspired café and wine bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner—plus happy hour and small plates.
We’ll keep you posted on an opening date.
Rita’s Ice Expanding in the East Bay
National chain Rita’s Italian Ice will open its ninth East Bay location this fall in Alameda’s South Shore Center, offering a variety of frozen treats ranging from custard to ice cream to flavored ice.
On the east side of the Caldecott Tunnel, there are already Rita’s locations in Pleasanton and Concord—and there are plans for another spot to open in Livermore in the near future.
T4 Brings Boba Tea to Todos Santos
And opening soon is the neighboring Asian-fusion restaurant, Fusion Bistro, which is run by the same owner.
Roses’ Taproom Comes to Telegraph
Roses’ Taproom has opened on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, offering beer brewed on-site along with small plates. Husband-and-wife-team Luke Jansen and Hillary Rose Huffard are constantly innovating and vow to never repeat a brewing recipe, so there will always be something new to savor in the grain-to-glass taproom.
Gather at Gather for Its New Happy Hour
Berkeley’s Gather, located just off Shattuck Avenue on Oxford Street, has unveiled a new 510 Happy Hour that honors the local area code with $10 cocktails and $5 glasses of wine and pints of beer.
The 510 Happy Hour runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, so guests can even kick off the weekend with bargain drinks to go along with Gather’s impeccably sourced organic fare.
You Don’t Have to Dodge Bulls to Celebrate San Fermín
This week, Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona is celebrating Spain’s famous San Fermín festival, also known as the Running of the Bulls, by serving a special tapa called the “Torito” (Spanish chorizo wrapped in a pastry shaped like a bull’s head). There is also a special drink called “Kalimotxo,” which is made with red wine, Coca-Cola, and lime. But hurry: These celebratory offerings are only available through Friday, July 14.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream
It’s National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, and innovative Oakland ice cream purveyor Sweet Belly is offering a Sweet Deal, so to speak, all week to celebrate. For $5, ice cream lovers can get a personalized sundae with one soft-serve flavor and a topping, plus a made-to-order mini donut.
July’s special flavors are dark chocolate and jasmine, so pick your favorite and choose from such unique toppings as sea salt and olive oil, caramel coffee popcorn, or pretzel streusel. Then, pick a donut like matcha sugar or cinnamon sugar for your sundae, and finish off it with a drizzle of Nutella or chocolate cream.
Free Wings at Dublin’s Round Table
The Fallon Shopping Center’s Round Table Pizza, Wings, and Brew will give locals a chance to sample its wings on Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. And yes, you read the headline right—wings will be free.
Preserving Jewish Traditions
Peter Levitt, the chef-owner of Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Berkeley, will highlight uncommon Eastern European and Middle Eastern flavors on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m., when he prepares and discusses a dinner menu drawn from Emily Paster’s The Joys of Jewish Preserving.
There’s a long tradition of preserved foods in Jewish culture, especially for holiday meals, and Levitt will combine that history with today’s cooking advances for this special event. Tickets cost $48.
Chop Bar and Old Kan Beer Combine for Pig Roast
Old Kan will host the Pig Roast at its location on Linden Street, as the event has grown too large for the Chop Bar restaurant. The menu will include plenty of pig ($20), Old Kan Beer ($5), Fernet Branca ($5), and Little Giant Ice Cream ($4)—plus live music by The Musashi Trio, a blues band based in Oakland.
Get excited, food and wine aficionados. We have two free tickets to the July 20 Taste Our Terroir food and wine pairing competition, which kicks off a weekend full of fun events in the Livermore Valley (think cooking demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, and vineyard tours).
Please fill out the form below by Monday, July 17, for your chance to win the VIP tickets, which include early admission and access to a wine reception at 4:30 p.m.