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Diablo Dish: Preeti Mistry’s Navi Kitchen Closed

California Fish Grill arrives in Walnut Creek in August; Mike Hess Brewing Company is migrating up to The Orchards; MidiCi Pizza is opening sooner rather than later; grab some pizza and art at Zachary’s Chicago Pizza; and more Dish.


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Preeti Mistry Closes Navi Kitchen

Chef Preeti Mistry—who gained national attention for her innovative Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, which closed in January—has now shut down Navi Kitchen in Emeryville, according to SF Eater.

There was only a brief notice on Instagram about the closing, and no indication if Mistry plans to open another East Bay restaurant.


California Fish Grill Sets August Arrival in Walnut Creek

The 22nd California Fish Grill will debut in early August (if all goes according to plan) in The Orchards at Walnut Creek shopping center, located at Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove Roads.

Though the company was founded in 1998 in Southern California, it did not migrate up to the Bay Area until late last year, when its Daly City location opened. But the chain will soon add restaurants in Walnut Creek and Sacramento.

As the name implies, the California Fish Grill menu offers fresh, sustainable seafood in salads, bowls, and various fish entrees.


Mike Hess Brewing Coming to Walnut Creek in September

After lengthy preparations, the San Diego–based brewing company is expected to open a beer pub at The Orchards in Walnut Creek in September. And though there won’t be any food offered along with the craft beer, folks are welcome to bring in outside food and enjoy the oak-shaded patio with their families, friends, and dogs.


MidiCi Pizza Will Start Serving Earlier than Expected

Sometimes, projects wrap up sooner rather than later. MidiCi, which specializes in Neapolitan pizza, will now open in late August or early September at Concord’s The Veranda.


Zachary's Chicago Pizza // Robin Gilas

Zachary’s Sells Art (Not By the Slice) to Benefit Food Banks

For the last 30 years, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza has held a biannual art contest to showcase the roughly 800 works that hang on the walls of its five East Bay restaurants. Now, the popular pizza spot is helping out local food banks by auctioning off the winners of the art contest and donating the proceeds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

So until August 31, art pieces on the walls of each Zachary’s location—plus what’s shown in the catalog—are on sale for $100 (though the price goes up to $200 with framing). Note, however, that the paintings won’t be available to take home until September or October, and they must be picked up at the restaurant.





Taste of Oakland Brings Food and Music to Jack London Square

The first of three Taste of Oakland festivals, which all benefit Youth Aid Nonprofit—an organization that supports youth involvement in a variety of music projects—is taking place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at Jack London Square. And since the event’s producer is D’wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!, it’s no surprise that the iconic Oakland R&B group will be performing.

There will also be food from local vendors and a libation garden (love that phrase), and restaurants such as Dyafa, Lungomare, Kincaid’s, and Scott’s Seafood will be open.

In addition to a performance by Tony! Toni! Toné!, numerous other musicians will perform, including Suga-T and Martin Luther. Plus, there will be a cooking demonstration from celebrity chef Nikki Shaw, who will use organic produce from the Oakland A’s garden to create a meal.

The final two Taste of Oakland festivals will be on August 4 and September 1.


Lafayette’s Yankee Pier Half-Price Wine Beats the July Heat 

It’s simple: You beat the heat by staying hydrated, and it’s pretty clear that wine offers plenty of hydration—along with some other benefits. So, Yankee Pier will help keep everyone healthy by offering half-price bottles of wine Sundays through Thursdays all month long.

Since we all have to make sacrifices to keep our bodies functioning at their peak physical condition, head to the Mt. Diablo Boulevard restaurant, and keep the liquid flowing.


Oakland’s The Wolf and Sonoma’s Hanzell Vineyards Work Together

For $155 (which includes tax and tip), diners can enjoy a combination of Hanzell’s Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs—made using a progressive and holistic approach—and chef Yang Peng’s deft touch in the kitchen.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, at The Wolf on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Note that space will be limited, so make your reservations soon.


Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

It’s Lucky 13 at Livermore’s Taste Our Terroir

Though Taste Our Terroir—which celebrates Livermore’s wine country—isn’t until July 26–29, getting tickets early for the most popular offerings is basically a must, as all 13 events are going to draw droves of summertime visitors.

The kick-off event will be the wine and food pairing competition on Thursday night at Pleasanton’s Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery ($125 for VIP tickets, $95 for general admission). This signature experience features partnered Livermore winemakers and Bay Area chefs in a taste-off to determine the most innovative pairing, the best pairing, and the best classic pairing.

But there are 12 more events (each with its own separate price tag, ranging from $35 to $115) you can attend, and complete details are available online.

Our favorites are the Friday tour of Wente Vineyard’s gardens with lunch ($115), the Saturday afternoon tour of Concannon Vineyard ($55), and the Saturday night lobster bake at Darcie Kent Vineyards. And after a long weekend of sipping and tasting, what better way to finish up than with an afternoon of antipasto and bocce at Garré Vineyard and Winery ($55)?

If you can’t decide on which event to go to, you can package a few events together for a price break, but you need to email events@LVwine.org and see what’s available. Even better, however, is the chance to win two free tickets to the food and wine pairing competition on July 26. Visit our contest page for more information.


Berkeley Food Institute Project Focuses On the Future of Food

Twenty trailblazers seeking to transform food systems and bring about improved sustainability, health, and product availability are the focus of Hungry for Change—a print publication and 10-minute movie.

The up-and-coming food innovators represent a range of geographic regions and socioeconomic backgrounds, and their stories are the stories of the future of food in a rapidly changing world. Check it out here.

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