Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Tour of Black- and Latino-Owned Wineries Offers an Antidote to #LaughingWhileBlack

by Luke Tsai
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM

  • Courtesy of Oakland Food Policy Council
Last month, news broke that employees of the Napa Valley Wine Train had kicked eleven members of a women’s book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge — ten of whom were African-American — off a train for talking and laughing too loudly. Train officials marched the eleven women, one of whom was 83 years old, off the train, and posted — and quickly deleted — a statement on Facebook to the effect that the book club members had been verbally and physically abusive toward other guests.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mid-Week Menu: A Hunting Lodge-Themed Bar Opens, a Beloved Indian Chef Retires, and a New Coffee Truck Hits the Pavement

by Luke Tsai
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 12:42 PM

The interior of The Lodge (via Instagram @tastyspoon).
  • The interior of The Lodge (via Instagram @tastyspoon).
Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.

1) The newest addition to the now-booming western end of Piedmont Avenue is a hunting-themed cocktail bar called The Lodge (3758 Piedmont Ave., Oakland), which will open for business in the former Egbert Souse’s spot on Thursday, September 3, Inside Scoop reports. The bar appears to be, among other things, the culmination of the longstanding love affair that owner Alexeis Filipello (Stag’s Lunchette, Bar Dogwood) has had with taxidermy. Just look at that decor!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Winemaking Chef Plans Ambitious Oakland Supper Club and Winery

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Pietro Buttitta in the kitchen.
  • Pietro Buttitta in the kitchen.
Before he became a chef, Pietro Buttitta was a student of philosophy, which is probably why he seems most at home when he’s holding forth on the ancient Roman cookbook Apicius, and what wines he would want to pair with those well-worn recipes. He’s hardly the first Bay Area chef to profess strong opinions about an obscure, wine-related topic, but in this one respect he hopes to be unique: If Buttitta successfully launches Prima Materia, a winery and supper club (at a still-to-be determined location in Oakland), he will likely be the only chef in the city who makes the wine that he serves at his restaurant.

As Buttitta wrote in his crowdfunding pitch, “The goal now is to bring these two related disciplines together in a way no one else has yet.”

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'Owner' of Fake Yelp Restaurant Says He Has Considered Opening 'Moderately Ok' Chinese Eatery

by Luke Tsai
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Here's a brief epilogue to last week’s story about Chiu’s Moderately Ok Chinese, a fictitious restaurant whose fake Yelp reviews and incredibly appealing name led me on a wild goose chase that ended outside a random woman’s house in an El Cerrito residential neighborhood. As it turns out, it was all an inside joke among a group of friends, who had posted “reviews” of their friend’s dinner party (and were very apologetic when I told them about my misadventures).

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