Caffe 817‘s 20th anniversary is coming up! Tuesday, June 25, will be devoted to customer appreciation. During its usual business hours at 817 Washington Street in Oakland (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), each person’s meal will be 10% off (one per customer), and the day will be full of other pleasant surprises.

Over the past two years, chefs and owners Scott and Emily Goldenberg have done some interesting and delicious things. The menu, “loaded with homemade goodness,” features some great stuff:

  • Seasonal jams, sold at the restaurant for $5 per jar (available in gift boxes as well): the delicious, ripe and juicy strawberries come from Yerena Farm and are picked up right outside the restaurant’s door at the Friday Farmer’s Market in Old Oakland.
  • The nourishing homemade chicken stock featured in daily soups uses Petaluma Poultry chicken bones, and sells for $4 per quart.
  • Homemade granola, baked with the spices of Emily’s childhood, comes in retail packages available for $5.50.
  • The chefs now cure their own rosemary ham, which finds its way onto both the breakfast and lunch menus.
  • The corned beef hash that Scott makes from scratch every week now has a very loyal following and usually sells out before the weekend is over.
  • Those chocolate chip cookies sell out nearly every day!

Clearly devoted to eating close to the source and supporting small, local, family businesses, Caffe 817’s daily-changing Lunch Specials menu is planned around the weekly farmer’s market bounty. Each day they offer a seasonal soup, salad, and entree using local, seasonal ingredients from some of their favorite farms. Special favorites include Riverdog Farm, Full Belly Farm, Dirty Girl Produce, and Star Route Farms.

The restaurant also serves Italian-style, oakwood-roasted Mr. Espresso coffee and Far Leaves teas. In keeping with the woodsy, sustainable themes, even the space-defining outside planters are made with re-purposed redwood from a former water tower.

As always, Caffe 817 supports local artists with the rotating shows that adorn the walls. The work of Jill McLennan will be featured in July and August.

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