Here we go: your Friday dose of all the East Bay food and drink news that's fit to
As Oakland continues to work out its policy toward food trucks, longtime events producer Karen Hester and established food truckster Elizabeth August of Guerilla Grub have set up a weekly "food pod" called Bites on Broadway in the area outside Oakland Tech, at 45th and Broadway. The event, which is set to run every Friday night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting June 10, seeks to expand local food-truck culture and create a neighborhood-y “block party vibe,” according to Hester. “Everywhere in Europe, there’s a town plaza, “ she said, “and we’re trying to recreate that in an urban setting and between three neighborhoods — Temescal, Rockridge, and the Piedmont Avenue area.” Bites on Broadway will feature a rotating group of five or so trucks, including Fist of Flour and Go Streatery, plus live music, lots of grassy space, and bike racks.
Hawker Fare, the hotter-than-hotly anticipated Asian street food outfit from Commis chef James Syhabout, is finally set to open for lunch at 2300 Webster St. in Oakland on Tuesday, according to Inside Scoop. "To start, it will open for weekday lunch only, with hours of 11 a.m. to 6-7 p.m. After the initial lunchtime feeling-out process, Syhabout says he’s thinking that he’ll open for dinner the following week (May 26)," scoopeth the Scoop.
Table Scraps: Construction is well underway at the new location of Awaken Cafe, which was recently pushed out of its old space on 14th Street and forced to move around the corner in Frank Ogawa Plaza. According to the cafe's web site, it's set to open sometime this summer....This past Sunday, the Chron's style section, bless their hearts, answered all of our burning questions about Plum chef-owner's Daniel Patterson's preferences in espresso makers (Blue Bottle, duh), wine keys (a Forge de laguiole, the likes of which apparently costs upwards of a hundred dollars?!), and T-shirts (a Kills concert tee, which is actually pretty cool)...and finally, because there's apparently a market for literally everything, Berkeleyside's got a profile of a new business in West Berkeley specializing in ghee, "a saturated fat heralded for its culinary, health, and healing properties in Ayurvedic medicine."
Eaten at any of these places and have things to say? Leave 'em in the comments. And, as always, if you see any "Coming Soon" signs, liquor license applications, or boarded-up restos in your neighborhood, holler at Ellen.Cushing@EastBayExpress.com.