In the past several weeks, there’s been a veritable deluge of mobile food vending events popping up all over Oakland: Bites Off Broadway, the five smaller pods run by an informal coalition of East Bay food truck operators — to say nothing of the new Alameda outpost of Off the Grid, which launched last Saturday.
The latest contender? The Eatup, a new weekly food pod that’s open tonight, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., in an unused parking lot at the corner of 21st and Telegraph avenues (2025 Telegraph Ave., if you need to Google Map it).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.
1) The last we'd heard, Picán owner Michael LeBlanc was getting ready to embark on a tour of the South to find a replacement for departing chef Dean Dupuis. It looks like he found someone closer to home: Inside Scoop reports that LeBlanc has hired Sophina Uong to serve as the classy Uptown soul food spot's new executive chef. Uong's previous gigs include 900 Grayson (where she was an opening partner), Maritime East, and Zax Tavern. None of those were Southern restaurants, so it'll be interesting to see what changes she has planned for the menu at Picán.
On hot days (or rainy days, or under-caffeinated days) at the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, savvy market regulars find respite underneath the tent where Ambessaw Assegued and his wife, Dagmawit Bekele, serve coffee in the traditional Ethiopian manner.
Happy National Donut Day, y’all!
To help you get your fried-dough groove on, earlier in the week I took it upon myself to work my way through some of the offerings at Donut Savant, the new Oakland shop that’s generated a little bit of Internet buzz lately.