Diablo Dish: Salt Craft Opens Soon in Pleasanton
Original Pattern Brewing Company is headed to Oakland; Concord’s The Veranda is bringing new eats; The Front Porch Musical Festival at Wente Vineyards returns this weekend; Grab a seat at Uptown’s Itani Ramen; and more Dish.
Salt Craft Will Bring Local Flavor to Pleasanton
Texas native and former Wente Vineyards chef Matt Greco got his culinary start in New York City and Brooklyn, but has settled in Pleasanton after spending the last few years planning his dream project: Salt Craft.
Slated to open in late fall, Salt Craft will be located in a 1930s Spanish colonial-style house on Saint Mary Street in Pleasanton. and will feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a fast-casual, dine-in or take-out format. Greco’s goal is to showcase products from the Tri-Valley and offer a menu inspired by family meals the chef might cook at home.
So expect pastries, breakfast sandwiches, quality salads, pasta entrees, desserts, and much more—the house-made sourdough loafs and daily round breads (such as sweet white corn, carrot spelt, and potato leek) are sure to be deliciously hearty. Craft beers, California wines, and house-made seasonal sodas will be available as well.
Oakland Gets a New Brewery
Plans call for another brew stop in Oakland by the end of 2017, as the Original Pattern Brewing Company will turn a former warehouse into a brewery and tasting room.
Head brewer Ryan Frank spent the past five years working as the director of brewery operations at 21st Amendment Brewery, and will now apply his experience to creating a wide variety of beer, covering everything from traditional to experimental.
The brick-and-timber building is on Fourth Street, just down the road from the Chop Bar.
The Veranda Offers New Dining Options in Concord
The Veranda, the first new shopping center to open in Concord in many years, will debut on October 27—offering some great new spots to eat, including the SoCal-based EMC Seafood and Raw Bar.
EMC Seafood and Raw Bar will feature oysters (grilled and raw), premium sashimi, carpaccio, sushi, small plates, entrees (including bone-in ribeye and rack of lamb), and a full bar.
And after the grand opening, there is still more to come, with Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar opening in early 2018.
The Veranda’s owners are hard at work lining up even more options, so stay tuned.
Head to Wente Vineyards for Food, Wine, and Music
Wente Vineyards’ annual Front Porch Music Festival returns on Saturday, September 2, to the Tesla Road tasting room—and there’s no better way to kick off the long weekend than with nine different musical acts, a variety of Wente wines, and goodies from the Wente kitchen.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance ($45 at the door), and children ages 12 and under get in for $10.
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to extreme heat.
Uptown’s Itani Ramen Emphasizes Izakaya at Dinner
Izakaya is not a new kind of sushi, but rather a type of Japanese restaurant that focuses on a relaxed meal with good food, good drinks, and good company. Oakland’s Itani Ramen is now fully embracing this Izakaya style and shifting to a full-service dinner with an expanded menu.
New dishes include gindara hobayaki (miso black cod grilled on a magnolia leaf), gyoza, and crispy pig ears, but the popular dessert vending machine will remain with its assortment of Japanese treats.
Starbucks Foundation Aids 1951 Coffee Company’s Training Program
Berkeley’s 1951 Coffee Company landed a $63,000 Opportunity for All grant from the Starbucks Foundation. The grant will be used to expand its training program, which helps refugees, youth, and veterans acquire the skills needed to be self-sustaining and successful.
The 1951 Coffee Company—named for the United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Convention—has a café on Channing Way in Berkeley and a barista training program in Oakland. With the help of the grant, the organization hopes to expand the barista training to other cities with substantial refugee communities.
Marshawn Lynch to Rename Scend’s Restaurant and Bar
Though the Emeryville soul-food institution will stay in business, thanks to the purchase by Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, the name will be changing.
When the restaurant reopens (no date set yet), it will be called Rob Ben’s Restaurant and Lounge, named for Robert Benjamin, Lynch’s childhood friend who was shot and killed in 2007.