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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Doing barbecue and business right at The Brick Pig’s House in Oakland

Carolyn S. Alexander, the co-owner of and chef at Oakland’s The Brick Pig’s House comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her work is a source of abundant pleasure and pride, drawing on nearly 100 years of family tradition that traveled from Arkansas to California decades ago. It’s no wonder, then, that her barbeque is both

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Penrose: What’s past is prologue

I grew up in Oakland. I’ve seen a myriad of change, some good, some not. The streets of my childhood were constantly changing, adapting. To progress, to the passage of time, and even, on occasion, to the...

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ordinaire wine shop and bar in Oakland

Ordinaire is one of the wine bars I’ve been hoping to meet in Oakland: a place that in Italy would be a few barrels as tables in front of a shop that sells glasses and bottles of...

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...

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...

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Oakland’s Blue Heron Catering celebrates 25 years serving up traditional plates for the holidays

This holiday season is in full swing, with the office parties and family dinners to spare, and Blue Heron Catering has a hand in making many of those parties a success. One of the go-to catering companies...

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

DIY Oakland Thanksgiving: Gluten Free Turkey & Sausage Gumbo

by Chef SusiQ One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving meal is watching the transformation of the turkey. From the golden-skinned overstuffed masterpiece that launches the peak of the Thanksgiving food-fest, to cranberry-dressed sandwiches. Later making...

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Chef Tanya Holland hosts first Taste of the Nation East Bay on October 20th

“The chef has to jump off the line,” says Phil Surkis as he greets me at Brown Sugar Kitchen, one of the West Oakland restaurants he co-owns with his wife, Tanya Holland. Most Bay Area folks know...

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