Friday, February 4, 2011

The Kitchen Sink: News and Notes From This Week in East Bay Food

By Ellen Cushing
Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Belly up to the Kitchen Sink, in which we dish out news, miscellany, and various other tasty morsels (plus a whole lot of food puns, obvs) from the wild n'crazy world of East Bay food. This week: Eat Real's expanding; Homeroom and Rudy's are opening; Jon's Street Eats is closing next week and Beckett's is closing...eventually; and Souley Vegan's getting liquored up. Plus: the rest of universe finally discovers how good Bakesale Betty's sandwiches are.

Coming, Going, and Growing:
The insanely popular locavore bonanza Eat Real Fest is apparently so insanely popular that after just two years, it's expanding to LA. According to a press release, the LA event "will offer an extraordinary opportunity for people to celebrate not only the very best of their regional food purveyors, but also the people who grow it." The Oakland iteration will go down September 23-25.

Hotly anticipated Temescal mac n'cheese joint (and enemy of McDonald's) Homeroom has finally set an opening date, according to the restaurant's blog. They'll officially open on Valentine's Day for a special mac n'cheese-beer/wine pairing, after which they'll be open for lunch "until they hit [their] stride," and then they'll open for dinner.

As we reported yesterday, Emeryville institution Rudy's Can't Fail is opening a new restaurant in the Fox Theater's new foodie space.

Jon's Street Eats, the roving food cart known for slinging deliciousness like apple-cranberry bread pudding and chanterelle risotto, is closing next week, twoth its owner, Jon Kosorek, who is apparently taking a restaurant job in Napa.

And Becketts — which is mostly a bar but also serves food, so what the hell — is still, curiously, open, despite the fact that it was set to close in November. The Daily Cal reports that liquor license issues are holding it up, but that as soon as ABC processes the paperwork, the plan to turn the Shattuck Avenue institution into a bistro will go ahead as planned.

Much-loved vegan soul food joint Souley Vegan finally has a liquor license, as of last weekend. The Jack London restaurant will now be serving beer, wine, and some cocktails.

Go, us: Bakesale Betty was highlighted as one of "America's Top 10 New Sandwiches" by Endless Simmer and the Huffington Post. Slightly odd, given that Bakesale Betty doesn't really qualify as new, but worthy praise nonetheless!

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