Chef-owner Rick Hackett’s first-Thursday-of-the-month multi-course feasts at Bocanova (55 Webster St., Oakland), aka Rick’s Supper Club, will take a traditional holiday tack on Thursday. Wild-boar terrine with pumpkin harks back to medieval English Christmas boar-head dinners. Other hearty wintertime courses will include steamed mussels with house-made chorizo and grilled pork loin with pickled cabbage. The restaurant’s sommelier, Gerardo Acevedo, and wine-club director, David Fetcho, will pair each course with specially chosen wines, and the festive evening will culminate with chef Paul Conte’s bacon-waffles-butter-pecan ice cream and house-made chocolates.
Sure, presents are great, but what really makes the holidays a shared experience is food. But don’t just settle for the typical green-bean casserole and eggnog. On Sunday, Diesel Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Oakland) will host a Winter Cookbook Extravaganza to help you add some gastronomic creativity into your holiday festivities. Cookbook authors Lauri Pastrone, Allison Arevalo, Erin Wade, and Emma Christensen will be dropping by to share some of their recipes, including those for home-brewed kombucha, Kosovan sticky donuts, mac ’n’ cheese, and more. Join these Bay Area chefs to see how you can spice up your holiday this year.
Hear from some of the East Bay¹s finest winemakers as they explore the vino magic happening in your own backyard. Following the discussion, enjoy tastings provided by several of the best wineries found in the East Bay, including AuburnJames Winery, Captain Vineyards & Winery, and Urban Legend Cellars.
It’s the heart of summer-harvest season around here. But even the best backyard gardeners can’t grow everything. Stuck with too many squash but not enough kale? A bumper crop of butter beans but no roses and not even one tiny tomato? Trade your edible extras and raised-bed adventure stories with those of your neighbors at the Albany Local Garden Swap (1249 Marin Ave., Albany). Nothing’s for sale here: Homegrown fruits, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and seeds are all free as long as you bring something to trade. — Anneli Rufus