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Diablo Dish: Wente’s Casual Revamp Sets Opening Date

Vineyard Table and Tasting Lounge in Livermore; Canyon Club brews in Moraga; new Mediterranean in Lafayette; Bridges’s new bar; and more Dish.


Buttermilk fried chicken schnitzel / Courtesy of Wente

Wente to Debut Vineyard Table and Tasting Lounge Soon

After a few months to “refresh” the restaurant at Wente Vineyards on Arroyo Road (not the Tesla Road tasting room), the storied Livermore winery will be opening its more casual approach to fine wine and good food at the end of the month.

At Vineyard Table and Tasting Lounge, look for shareable plates and an easy flow between those who are visiting Wente to simply sample wine and those who choose to add food to their experience. Options on the frequently rotating menu include shrimp a la plancha with green goddess sauce, buttermilk fried chicken schnitzel, a garden bowl featuring products from the winery’s organic garden, and the Wente Ranch Burger, made with estate beef.

One thing won’t change, though, and that’s the gorgeous setting—especially on warm summer nights. 


Moraga’s Canyon Club Brewery Is on the Brink of Opening

If all goes according to plan, Moraga’s Canyon Club Brewery will be open for business on June 30. And that means the tucked-away community will at last have its own family-friendly gastropub and local beer to enjoy.

CEO Kevin Hamilton has big plans, including live music (which won’t, he promises, violate the town’s restrictive noise ordinance), a firepit, a pergola, a patio, and a roll-up garage door so that guests “can be inside but still have the vibe from outside.”

Noted brewer Christian Kazakoff—who earned his stripes crafting such beers as Kent Lake Kolsch and Casey Jones Imperial IPA for Iron Springs Pub and Brewery in Fairfax—is in charge of the beer. The food, says Hamilton, “will have a little Texas flair to it.”

The overall goal is for Moraga to have a gathering place that offers more than just a sit-down meal or a fast-casual experience. At Canyon Club, residents can “can get a beer and bring [their] baby,” notes Hamilton, all while staying close to home. 


Walnut Creek Yacht Club and Calicraft Combine Forces

On June 26, the Walnut Creek Yacht Club’s 12th annual It's Not a Wine Dinner, It's a Beer Dinner, Dinner will take place. And this time, Walnut Creek’s own Calicraft will supply the beer. In addition, Calicraft founder and brewer Blaine Landberg will be there to walk guests through each brew.

The cost is $65 for the 6 p.m. family-style seating and service.


Lavash Joins Lafayette’s Restaurant Row

You can get whiplash driving down Mt. Diablo Boulevard trying to decide which Lafayette restaurant to dine at, and now Lavash provides one more option.

The menu is Mediterranean, as one would expect from the restaurateurs behind Walnut Creek’s Silk Road. So many restaurants, so little time …


Pancoast Pizza Completes Walnut Creek Remodel

Cleverly located right next to Las Lomas High School (which hosts more than 1,000 potential—and always hungry—customers during the school year), the freshly remodeled Pancoast Pizza also caters to a more adult clientele with beer and wine. The menu includes pasta, salad, and even cheesesteak sandwiches as well, all of which can be served on the new patio.


Vine and Spirits

The Vine at Bridges Is Now The Vine and Spirits

So, technically Danville has a new Hartz Avenue option (next to Bridges Restaurant), but it’s really more of a rebranding, as The Vine and Spirits has taken over the Vine at Bridges space, changed the name slightly, and expanded the menu.

There’s still a retail wine section boasting more than 200 bottles, but the kitchen now serves small plates that can be paired with craft beer, wines, and cocktails courtesy of the full bar. Check out the tasting bar, which offers special selections every week.


The Town Kitchen Feeds Chabot Space and Science Center Visitors

The Town Kitchen focuses on delivering quality sandwiches, salads, and snacks, but it also employs and trains young people in the restaurant business.

Additionally, the restaurant delivers meals to corporations and caters events, but the Chabot Space and Science Center is its first brick-and-mortar location. Not only is the spot great for space explorers, but it’s also prime for hikers and cyclists on the hunt for a snack after a run or ride along Oakland’s scenic Skyline Boulevard.


There’s Another Brunch Option in Berkeley

Creekwood (on Sacramento a couple blocks south of Ashby) has done so well since opening last November that it has decided to add brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—and with 50 seats inside and 20 outside, chances are you can avoid the frustratingly long brunch lines that plague many restaurants.

Look for the usual suspects on the menu, as well as some unexpected options like a fried chicken sandwich or crab cakes. 


Celebrate Juneteenth in Emeryville

Even though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, that news didn’t reach south Texas until June 19, 1865—which has become the basis for 21st-century Juneteenth celebrations around the country.

Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement at Public Market Emeryville will honor Juneteenth with a special family-style, sit-down supper. Tickets are $65 and benefit Dustys’ Fishing Well, a Bay Area nonprofit supporting local black youth.

On a less upbeat note for the Public Market, the Fish Face Poke Bar has closed. There are still plenty of options, though, and if you haven’t been to the market in a while, it’s definitely worth a return visit to check out the changes. 


Crab Louie at Zino / Aubrie Pick Photography

Zino and Hotel Shattuck Look Back at 1910—for $19.10

In the you-learn-something-new-every-day category comes this historical tidbit from Berkeley’s Zino in Hotel Shattuck: The Crab Louie originated on the West Coast in 1910, the same year the Hotel Shattuck opened.

So among the Mediterranean-centric items on Zino’s menu, Crab Louie has found a home. And its price? $19.10, of course. 



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