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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Seizing the economic opportunity of First Friday

It’s been nearly a year since the shooting that took the life of young Kiante Campbell and sent shockwaves through the community. In the wake of the tragedy, many questioned the future of Oakland’s First Friday event. Over the summer, the city dealt another blow by scaling back its financial support of the monthly event.

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Food, drinks, and love: Oakland Local’s top food stories of 2013

Undeniably, food is a central part of Oakland’s identity as a city. From the frequenters of International Boulevard’s myriad taco trucks, to the trendy Uptown diners, to the urban mushroom foragers, we all love some good grub....

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

DIY Holiday Meals: Drunken Goat with edamame, fennel, and rotini

By Stephanie Stiavetti Despite the fact that I need fresh vegetables more than ever, I often forget about salad in the winter. Who can blame me? I’m too busy dreaming of thick stews and hearty, creamy casseroles!...

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

DIY Holiday Meals: Vegan Creole with Quinoa – Chef SusiQ

Creole sauce, also known as “red sauce” or “red gravy,” has a tomato base, the Louisiana “holy trinity” (onion, celery, green bell pepper), and cayenne. While not all creole sauces are thickened with a roux, this one...

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

DIY Holiday Meals: Penne with Garrotxa, Serrano ham, and sun-dried tomatoes

By Stephanie Stiavetti I was lucky enough to visit Spain in the very beginning of writing Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, where I lived on cheese, ham, and wine. Once I got home, I was...

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

DIY Holiday Meals: Gruyère and Emmentaler macaroni with ham and cubed sourdough

By Stephanie Stiavetti This dish is a Christmas game-changer on so many levels: it’s simple but elegant, with a gorgeous array of textures that will tempt even the most sullen Scrooge. And since you can make it...

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

DIY Holiday Treats: Bourbon Pecan Cake with Candied Persimmons — Chef Mitchell Blanco of Picán

At Picán Restaurant, located in bustling Uptown, they boast one of the best bourbon collections west of the Mississippi. In addition to being paired with their Southern cuisine and sipped amongst friends at the bar, new pastry...

Friday, December 20th, 2013

DIY Holiday Meals: Sopa de Calabaza con Pepitas – Sergio Monleon & Emily Sarlatte of Ñora

Sopa de Calabaza con Pepitas is a favorite recipe around the holidays with both of our families. Sergio grew up in Spain, and I spent several years there. Our kitchens smelled of interesting meats, caldos, and spices...

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

DIY Holiday Meals: Beecher’s Flagship with Avocado – Stephanie Stiavetti

Have you ever seen a green macaroni and cheese dish? Neither had we, until we developed this recipe for Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese. We’d been playing around in the kitchen, thinking of ways to spruce...

Monday, December 16th, 2013

DIY Holiday Treats: Pfeffernusse Squares – Lisa Melsted

My Mother’s Favorite Cookies By Lisa Melsted, Foie Gras and Funnel Cakes When I was growing up in the 1970s, my family always went a little nuts making holiday goodies. Over the years, my mother amassed a...

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