Diablo Dish: Livermore’s Posada Hits the Road
SideTrack Bar and Grill in Pleasanton nears its opening date; City Center Bishop Ranch adds to its food lineup; celebrate Oktoberfest like a German at Original Pattern Brewing Company; sip sangria and make paella at Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona; and more Dish.
Hit the Brakes for Posada on Wheels
Starting next month, there will be a new food option for weekend wine tasters and Livermore Lab workers (among others). Murrieta Boulevard’s Posada Restaurant will station a food truck on Research Drive (just off South Vasco Road between East Avenue and Tesla Road).
That means visitors to nearby wineries and breweries—not to mention the hard-working scientists across the street—will have easy access to Posada’s Southwestern menu. The truck will be located right next to Sidewinder Spirits Co.’s tasting room, making it easy to sip on a libation after your meal.
It’s OK to Get Sidetracked in Pleasanton
In fact, you need to get a little sidetracked to find your way to SideTrack Bar and Grill, which will arrive in downtown Pleasanton this October—bringing lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and a full bar. But SideTrack isn’t on Main Street, so those looking for the gourmet burgers, salads, and sandwiches on offer will have to head east on West Angela Street to find the new restaurant.
But there’s another reason for the name. The transcontinental railroad ran through Pleasanton at one point, and SideTrack is located on that old route, which is why the bar’s foot rail is reclaimed from the Niles Canyon Railway and the decor features pictures of historic Pleasanton.
San Ramon’s City Center Adds More Dining Options
It will take a while for the two latest announcements to turn into a gastronomic reality, but look for Social-Affair and Delarosa (there are already two locations in San Francisco) at City Center Bishop Ranch in 2019.
First up will be Social-Affair. Featuring a menu of artisanal food, wine, and chai, the spot will open in January, followed by Delarosa and its Roman-style pizza, pasta, salads, and craft cocktails in May.
Oakland’s Original Pattern Celebrates Oktoberfest
The calendar may say September, but Original Pattern Brewing Company noted that in Germany, Oktoberfest starts Saturday, September 22—and if the Germans are doing it, then so will the 4th Street brewery near Jack London Square.
That means there will be live music (from a polka band, naturally), German food from the Little Red Riding Truck, an Oktoberfest outfit competition, and, of course, steins of beer. The fun runs from noon to 10 p.m. for $21 ($16 in advance), which includes a half-liter stein and a drink ticket (additional drink tickets cost $8).
Stroll Along the Oakland Waterfront Saturday With Wine
Weather-wise it’s been a comfortable September, and this weekend promises to be more of the same, so what better way to enjoy the Bay Area ambiance than to walk Jack London Square’s waterfront while sampling Northern California wine?
For $30, guests receive unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass. There will also be live entertainment from Luminescent Grand, which is billed as the world’s first synesthesia piano. We’re not sure what that is exactly, but after sampling some wine, we’ll be more than willing to find out.
Paella and Sangria Masterclass Part II at Telefèric Barcelona
Back in August, chef Oscar Cabezas of Telefèric Barcelona decided to pass on his intimate knowledge of paella and sangria to folks like us through an evening of food and instruction—and the idea was so popular that the first session completely sold out.
So, Cabezas will offer another opportunity at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, in downtown Walnut Creek. The second class costs the same as the first ($75) and will follow the same format: Guests will create and sip their own sangria, and they will aid in the preparation of the paella before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Attend the Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration—For Free
Well, it’ll be free for one lucky Diablo Dish reader and a guest, and since the tickets are usually $150 each, it’ll be worth the drive to Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens in Santa Rosa on Sunday, September 30, for the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. event.
Of course there will be Kendall-Jackson wines, but there will also be cooking demonstrations from Michelin-starred chefs, small plates from other distinguished cooks, wine seminars, live music, and even a master gardener demonstration. Go here to enter for your chance to win.