Diablo Dish: Celebrate Oktoberfest at Lake Chalet
Periodic Table at Public Market Emeryville celebrates sake; Sabio on Main extends its happy hour; CREAM and coffee go hand on National Coffee Day; Oakland’s Pacific Coast Brewing Co. is closing; and more Dish.
Lake Chalet Goes Full Bavarian for Oktoberfest
Though the Oakland restaurant calls it Oktoberfest on the Lake, the celebration features traditional German music (this year by San Francisco oom-pah specialist Deutscher Musikverein) with sing-alongs, a yodeling contest, a costume contest, and even a stein-holding contest.
The food menu is special, too, with house-made German soft pretzels, beer-braised beef brisket sliders, pork shank confit, and pork schnitzel meatballs— and of course, lots of beer.
The $25 event ticket includes a special stoneware beer stein filled with a choice of Oktoberfest Lager, Regatta Red Ale, or Lady of the Lake Blonde Ale, but the food and drink cost extra.
And yes, your server may be wearing lederhosen.
The Periodic Table Doubles Up on Celebrations
You may have already known that Thursday is National Drink Beer Day, but we bet you had no idea that Sunday, October 1, is World Sake Day—and The Periodic Table at Public Market Emeryville is ready to help you enjoy both.
On Drink Beer Day, there will be a buy one, get one half-off deal on draft beer, while on World Sake Day, special sake flights will expose newbies to a variety of Bay Area and Japanese flavors.
The Periodic Table also has a small menu of bar bites (check out the cheese and charcuterie plate), but there are plenty of food options in the Public Market. And someday, maybe even someday soon, the construction out front will be completed.
Sabio on Main Means More Time to be Happy
Pleasanton’s Sabio on Main takes happiness seriously and has extended its Monday through Thursday happy hour to 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For those who want to get the weekend rolling early, Friday’s happy hour begins at noon.
Cocktails and wine start at $7, and those with a hankering for the good old days can quaff a six-ounce Miller High Life for just $1.50. On the food menu, the $9 chicken banh mi with chicken liver mousse is just one option, and how could anyone pass up PB&J donuts for $9? (We’re not sure what the wine pairing is with a PB&J donut, but we’re willing to experiment … )
There’s more on both the drinking and eating side, and as mentioned, there’s also more time to be happy.
After 29 Years, Pacific Coast Brewing Will Close Its Doors
One of the pioneers in the Bay Area craft beer community, Pacific Coast Brewing Co. is sadly shutting down in early November after nearly 30 years in business.
The founders cited rising operation costs and uncertainty with their lease as reasons for closing, but they will celebrate their last weeks by bringing back some old favorites and hosting a Last Anniversary Celebration from October 19 to 22.
CREAM Goes Well with National Coffee Day
No, not “cream,” but CREAM—as in "Cookies Rule Everything Around Me," the ice-cream shop known for its ice-cream sandwiches and other goodies.
There are eight locations in the East Bay, and all will be celebrating National Coffee Day on Friday, September 29, by introducing new flavors created in partnership with Peet’s Coffee and Tea: Coffee Au Lait Cold Brew and Dark Chocolate Cold Brew milkshakes. Both are blended with your ice-cream flavor of choice and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. And if that’s not enough to get your caffeinated sweet tooth in gear, there’s also the Baridi Black Cold Brew Float
Juanita and Maude Combines Generosity and Generations
Scott Eastman named his new restaurant Juanita and Maude in honor of his mother and grandmother—and not just because of their influence on the menu. When it opens on October 17 on San Pablo Avenue in Albany, Eastman’s concept of neighborhood bar and gathering place will reflect the adventurous and kind spirits of the two women.
Eastman will combine his background in Italian cooking (he was the chef at Berkeley’s Corso) with his willingness to take risks: For example, he’ll pair mortadella with jalapeño and cilantro (credit to Juanita) in one dish, but will also offer comfort food, such as hand-stuffed pasta or chicken with pureed potato and mushroom gravy (thanks to Maude).
La Marcha Reaches Out to Mexican Earthquake Victims
Diners who order the Mexican-fusion special (croquetas de tinga with a mole poblano sauce) at Berkeley’s La Marcha this week will be able to enjoy the food even more, as 100% of the sales from the dish will be donated to earthquake relief in Mexico.
Whole Foods Downsizes for Concord Store
The seventh Whole Foods Market 365 in the nation will open in The Veranda on December 6, offering the high-quality, organic Whole Foods products at a discounted rate.
There will be another Whole Foods 365 opening in Oakland’s Temescal district in the near future, though no dates have been announced, as the chain (which in case you missed it, was recently purchased by Amazon) tries to broaden its reach by lowering some prices and adding these smaller stores.