Friday, May 13, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: Mobile Pies, Gourmet Asian Street Grub, and a Friday-Night Food Truck Pod in Temescal

By Ellen Cushing
Fri, May 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Here we go: your Friday dose of all the East Bay food and drink news that's fit to print put on the internet:

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.

(sassy) spinach-mushroom
  • (sassy) spinach-mushroom
We've got some good news/bad news action in Lower Temescal: After five-plus years, much-loved kids "play cafe" SadieDey's, at 4210 Telegraph, will be shutting its doors later this month so owner Sue Older-Mondeel can devote more energy to her new mobile pie business, Sue's Sassy Pies. According to Older-Mondeel, the new business is a natural outgrowth of the food she was making at Sadie Dey's — small pies, in both sweet and savory flavors, designed to be consumed one-handed so her customers, most of which were mothers, could watch their kids and eat at the same time. The pies were so popular that she and two coworkers decided to ditch the brick-and-mortar business altogether and begin selling the pies — which have fillings like chicken-gorgonzola and yam-feta, all made from locally sourced ingredients — full-time, along with shave ice and other sweets, from Older-Mondeel's adorably named "piecycle." Sue's Sassy Pies is currently operating out of SadieDey's and as a Temescal-area delivery operation, but the piecycle has its first-ever night out at tonight's Oakland Indie Awards. Check out a full menu PDF here here and follow them on Twitter here. The SadieDey's space, meanwhile, is set to become an "upscale neighborhood bar" sometime next month, accoridng to Older-Mondeel; we'll keep you posted.

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

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