The Wednesday before Thanksgiving ranks up there — along with, you know, the day after Thanksgiving — as a day when even the most dedicated home cook would rather do anything than think about what he or she is going to make for dinner. Thankfully, Homestead (4029 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) has you covered. To celebrate the recent launch of the local Dungeness crab season, the restaurant is hosting a crab feed on Wednesday, November 26. The $45 price of admission (which might be tweaked slightly to account for the market price of crabs) will buy each guest a half-crab grilled in Homestead’s wood-fired oven, plus a host of side dishes: salad, roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and house-baked sourdough bread, with pomegranate sorbet for dessert. Heartier eaters can pay a supplemental fee for a full crab, and kids pay half-price. It might not be the most waistline-friendly way to ease into Turkey Day, but who ever said the holidays were about restraint?
Equal parts fresh-produce hub, outdoor food court, and neighborhood block party, the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market (Grand Ave. and Lake Park Ave.) really does have something for everyone: live music for the head-bobbing set, a bouncy house for the kids, and high-quality people-watching for the rest of us. Mostly, though, the market functions as one helluva one-stop shop, whether you’re putting together a romantic picnic or picking up groceries for the week. Depending on the season, highlights might include Flavor Queen pluots from Kashiwase Farms, colorful heirloom tomatoes from Wild Boar Farms, a small wheel of aged triple-cream cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, and whatever happens to be on special at the Prather Ranch butcher stand. While you’re at it, grab a falafel salad from the LIBA Falafel food truck and some pork knuckles from Roli Roti. Just like that, Saturday’s lunch is served.
Spoken Word Sat., March 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Linda Zeiser hosts a women-only open mic featuring Amy Meyers and Donna Lane. Open to female musicians, comediennes, and performance artists. Scent free and wheelchair accessible.
$7-$10 admission includes potluck