Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Authentic Bagel Company Nixes Cafe, Maoz Goes Turkish, and Free Ice Cream!

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) A few weeks ago we reported that Mark and Jason Scott, the Rhode Island brothers behind Authentic Bagel Company, had taken over the Cafe Zoe space at 6000 College Ave. with the intention of turning the Rockridge spot into a bustling bagel cafe and deli. Change in plans: Jason told me that he and his brother had several disagreements with their partners in the cafe venture, and so they dissolved that partnership. As of this posting, no word on whether Zoe will remain Zoe, but either way the Scott brothers are no longer involved. Instead, they're in the process of signing a lease on a different location in the Jack London Square area and are hoping to open by July 1. The new space is too small to house a cafe, but the Scotts will run their wholesale operation from there and open the shop for retail sales two or three days a week. Meanwhile, the bagelry has started doing home deliveries (!) — with two days' advance notice and a minimum order of dozen bagels (for $15), they'll drop the goods off at your front door.

Authentic Bagel Company wont get a cafe after all.
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  • Authentic Bagel Company won't get a cafe after all.
2) Following up on our report last week about the closure of Maoz Vegetarian, Berkeleyside notes that the 2395 Telegraph Ave. location will become a new outpost of Turkish Kitchen later this summer.

3) We had such a full slate of news last week that we neglected to mention Hopscotch's first day of service on Friday. Check out the menu here. The "Duck on Toast" (with a foie gras mousse) probably won't be long for this world.

4) SFoodie introduces us to the Chunky Pig, maybe the latest bacon-centric baked treat to blow our collective minds. The salty-sweet bacon chocolate chip cookie is the creation of Berkeley's Pavé Consulting. Sounds like something that merits further investigation — don't worry, guys, I'm on it! In the meantime, you can order the cookies online or pick up a package at Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop.

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5) This Thursday, June 21, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Belcampo Meat Co. will be hosting another pop-up "Meat Up" at Blue Bottle's Jack London Square shop. On the menu will be 100% grass-fed BBQ'd flatiron steak sandwiches with Chimichurri sauce ($9).

6) Also on Thursday: former Eccolo sous chef Samin Nosrat will be hosting a FREE ice cream social at Lakeside Park (by Lake Merritt) at 5 p.m. Nosrat will supply the hand-cranked ice cream; she's asking everyone who comes to bring everything else (utensils, sundae toppings, drinks, finger foods, etc.), potluck-style. Nosrat is asking folks to RSVP so she knows how much ice cream she'll need to make. Thanks to East Bay Dish for the tip.

UPDATE (from Nosrat's blog): "I didn't anticipate that this would be re-posted on all sorts of event aggregation sites, but it has. So though all kind, sweet people are welcome, there is no way I can afford to buy ingredients for all of you out there, so if you are coming and have never met me or corresponded with me in any way (or are not the guest of someone who has), please plan to contribute at least $5 per person to help cover my costs. Thank you! And if I've never met you, please do make sure to come introduce yourself to me!"

7) In school garden news, Berkeleyside reports that three Berkeley elementary schools will receive federal funding for their gardening and cooking programs for at least one more year.

8) Finally, if you didn't see my stories on OUSD's ambitious plans for its food service program and Phat Beets' new North Oakland farmers' market, check them out.

Got tips or suggestions? Email me at Luke (dot) Tsai (at) EastBayExpress (dot) com. Otherwise, keep in touch by following me on Twitter @theluketsai, or simply by posting a comment. I'll read ‘em all.

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