Thanksgiving isn’t the only big food event in the East Bay this month. In fact, November is jam-packed with foodie fun—with tasty happenings at the Oakland Museum of California and in Benicia, Pleasanton, Richmond, and Walnut Creek. Here’s a list of the most delicious destinations around.
Foodies with a taste for good music should head to Anaviv’s Table’s Open Market in Richmond for this get-together. The restaurant, which was showcased on the popular KQED show Check, Please!, offers wood-fired pizzas, rice bowls, and seasonal plates served with a farm-to-table philosophy. The event will feature music from Afroholix, a jazz and soul quartet. anaviv.com.
November 4, 11, 18, 25
There’s a weekly party happening at the Oakland Museum of California, when the popular Friday Nights at OMCA series takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to live music, hands-on activities, and delicacies from Off the Grid food trucks, patrons can gather on the museum’s new Town Fare Sundeck, which offers an outdoor bar and food from the museum’s café. The best part? Admission is free. museumca.org.
November 4, 11, 18, 25
Enjoy a vintage-style trolley ride through Livermore wine country on a weekly tour. Each outing includes visits to three Livermore wineries and a custom-ordered lunch. livermorewinetrolley.com.
Head to Pleasanton’s charming Main Street for the monthly Weekends on Main celebration. Street closures allow for comfortable roaming, wine tasting, and outdoor dining. pleasantondowntown.net.
Spice up your holiday meal by learning to make seasoning salts at Hollie’s Homegrown in Lafayette from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For $25, guests will spend two hours making Hollie’s Holiday Blend salts, which are a perfect way to season those Thanksgiving dinners just a week away. All materials are included with paid admission, and guests will head home with two freshly made seasoning salts. hollieshomegrown.com.
Climb aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and enjoy the easiest Thanksgiving meal ever. The three-and-a-half-hour train ride through Wine Country includes a toast of sparkling wine followed by a multicourse feast prepared by executive chef Rodrigo Cuadra. winetrain.com.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Wine Walk and Shop Small in downtown Benicia. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as part of the national Small Business Saturday incentive. Tickets are $30 in advance of the event and $35 for day-of-event tickets. Guests must be 21 and can sample up to 15 wine tastings while shopping at local businesses. beniciamainstreet.org.
November 26–December 11
Step back in time at the annual Shadelands Ranch Holiday Faire in Walnut Creek. More than 40 crafters fill the historic Shadelands Ranch with handmade goods, and daily holiday teas are served at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Teas cost $55 per guest, and reservations are required. Call (925) 935-7871 to RSVP. wchistory.org/events/holiday-faire.