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Top November Events in the East Bay

Cirque du Soleil returns to San Francisco with a new show; Diablo partners with Broadway Plaza for its annual foodie event, Gourmet East Bay; Berkeley author Michael Chabon releases his latest book; and we chat with Meals on Wheels in celebration of its serving a milestone 10 million meals.



Jeremiah Tower at Rakestraw Books
San Francisco chef Jeremiah Tower and celebrity food journalist Liam Mayclem visit Danville’s Rakestraw Books hot on the heels of Tower’s humorous new book, Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother. rakestrawbooks.com.


Nicole Quiroz Photography

Food and Drink

Gourmet East Bay
Diablo teams up with Broadway Plaza to bring you the best bites from local restaurants, sips from local wineries and breweries, dancing, live music, and more at this annual Walnut Creek foodie fest. gourmeteastbay.com.



Diablo Summit Stomp
5 Conquer Mount Diablo during this 30K, half marathon, 10K, and 5K hosted by Brazen Racing. First-time trail runners, experienced runners, and walkers welcome. brazenracing.com


Arts and Crafts

Bg Craft Fest
11/5–11/6 Join the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek and the best of the Bay Area crafters and artisans for the 9th annual Bg Craft Fest. This curated festival celebrates handmade gifts, from jewelry to home goods, and this year includes hands-on workshops in hand lettering, seasonal wreath making, and more. bedfordgallery.org.



Frank Stella: A Retrospective
11/5–2/26/2017 See the New York artists’ curated body of works, featuring roughly 50 large-scale works including his early abstract artwork, at the de Young museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. deyoung.famsf.org.



Live! from the Library
11/9 WC library San Francisco’s Bruce Farrell Rosen, author of Bombed in his Bed: the Confessions of Jewish Gangster Myer Rush, visits the Walnut Creek Library to share the story of his uncle, an international Jewish gangster who died twice but survived to tell his story to his nephew. ccclib.org.


Food and Drink

Cookie Pop-Up with Dorie Greenspan
11/12 Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan visits Market Hall Foods in Berkeley to share recipes from her latest book, Dorie’s Cookies. Taste sweet and savory cookies, bars, and brownies, and sample Greenspan’s favorite holiday cookies at this sweet event. markethallfoods.com.


Food and Drink

Holiday Cooking Class
11/13 Butchers and chefs from Berkeley’s The Local Butcher Shop will demonstrate roasting a turkey and a rib roast, plus share purchasing tips, cooking methods, and how to season, tie, and cut or carve. Class participants will leave with a three-pound rib roast. thelocalbutchershop.com.


Cooking Demos

Holiday Cooking Series
Learn some fresh, new holiday recipes during this two-day event, with food demos taught by chef Suzanne Aziz, health coach Kim Rice, teachers from Pans on Fire cooking school, and chef Claudia Imatt, at Pleasanton’s New Leaf Community Market. newleaf.com


courtesy of Cirque du Solei


Experience a colorful waking dream of Mexico filled with mythology and nature in the latest production from Cirque du Soleil, making its U.S. premiere in San Francisco.



The Christmas Ballet
Smuin Ballet’s annual holiday show, The Christmas Ballet, returns to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek with a celebration of dance and holiday cheer. smuinballet.org.


courtesy of Harpercollins

Read This

Pulitzer Prize–winning Berkeley author Michael Chabon’s latest novel weaves the stories told by his terminally ill grandfather on his deathbed, including tales of war, love, lies, and secrets. michaelchabon.com.



Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
The Vienna Boys Choir celebrates the holiday season with Austrian folk songs, Christmas hymns, and more at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. calperformances.org.



Handel’s Messiah
11/27 The Pacific Chamber Orchestra, along with the Pacific Chamber Chorus, perform this classic oratorio at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. lvpac.org.


Food and Drink

Do-Ahead Cocktail Party
Draeger’s Market hosts Tante Marie’s Cooking School alum Katie Dyos for a hands-on cocktail party cooking class. Learn to make the perfect cocktail party spread, including bacon candy, smoked trout deviled eggs, sparkly white chocolate truffles, and more, during this evening workshop at Draeger’s in Blackhawk. draegerscookingschool.com.


Food With Heart

We talked to Elaine Clark, CEO of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, about serving a milestone 10 million meals.

by Catherine Gaffney

Q: How did Meals on Wheels Contra Costa get started?
A: Nurses in the county were concerned after patients were being released home without any ways to feed themselves. So they started making food to send home with patients, which led to Meals on Wheels. Now, 10 million meals have been served across Contra Costa.

Q: What is the program’s goal?
A: We provide so much more than food. We provide visits and social workers. We connect seniors with any other services they may need.

Q: How many volunteers are there?
A: We have more than 1,200 volunteers. But we always need more, especially in the East County. We have dedicated volunteers who have been helping for 10, 15, even 20 years. It’s really a labor of love.

Q: What is one of your most memorable meals served?
A: I delivered a meal to a woman who used to be a painter. When I started talking about one of her paintings, her face lit up, and she showed me 10 more. These are people with rich stories who have lived amazing lives and have a gift to give. mowsos.org. —Lauren Bonney

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