Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mid-Week Menu: Takeout Mac ’n’ Cheese, Beer and Lumpias, and Po’Boy Tuesdays

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The Crab Mac, now available at a more convenient takeout location (via Facebook).
  • The Crab Mac, now available at a more convenient takeout location (via Facebook).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) Oakland mac ’n’ cheese specialist Homeroom’s long-awaited ancillary location at 4007 Webster Street is open, Eater reports. Homeroom To-Go is now the place to go for your takeout mac ’n’ cheese needs. Beyond the restaurant’s basic menu, the new location also boasts office-party-friendly sampler platters and a selection of 32 different beers and wines.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Town Kitchen: Food Delivery for a Cause

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

THE TOWN KITCHEN
  • The Town Kitchen
In the Bay Area’s tech-driven, convenience-oriented, “Uberized” economy, food delivery services that shuttle gourmet meals to your doorstep at the click of a button are a dime a dozen. But Sabrina Mutukisna’s new food delivery business, The Town Kitchen, is almost certainly the only one that is operated almost entirely by low-income Oakland youth — from cooking and packaging to  distribution and delivery. Not only does she eventually plan to offer steady employment to 43 Oakland youth between the ages of 15 and 24, Mutukisna said she also wants to offer employees the chance to receive college credit for participating in The Town Kitchen training program, which will equip them with skills for whatever career path they choose to pursue.

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Oakland's Grand Lake Kitchen to Expand

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Grand Lake Kitchen's tiny indoor seating area should double its capacity (via Facebook).
  • Grand Lake Kitchen's tiny indoor seating area should double its capacity (via Facebook).
In the two years since Oakland’s Grand Lake Kitchen (576 Grand Ave.) opened its doors across the street from Lake Merritt, the neighborhood deli has garnered a reputation for excellent sandwiches, a small but well-curated grocery section, and one of the biggest, most sidewalk-clogging weekend brunch crowds in town.

Good news for those who have happily braved that line: The restaurant will soon expand into the vacant 1,200-square-foot space next door, a former nutritional supplement shop, and should be able to double its amount of indoor seating as a result.

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