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Rockridge Out & About 2010 short review

hhc Sep 26, 2010 07:01 PM

First time to Rockridge Out & About Festival Sunday 9/26/10. It was a Spare The Air Day and I took Rockridge Bart over. It's right outside once you exit Bart so very convenient for everyone.

FREE chef demos all day long. I stayed most of the day here. Ceviche, butterscotch pot de creme, Lobster bisque soup, Tara's ice cream, red polenta w/ meat, learning to make pie crust, I left after that. It was very interesting and samples after each demo was AWESOME!!

Lots of good eats it seems. Picnic In the Streets - Cactus Taqueria, Hapuku Fish Shop, Market Hall Bakery, etc.

Oliveto Porchetta sandwich $8 + $2 Lemonade - will try that next time.

Wood Tavern was open - I should have tried the Pastrami Sandwich $10 - next time.

Worth checking out next year.

Did other Chowhounds go?

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Market Hall Bakery
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Wood Tavern
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Cactus Taqueria
5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. majordanby RE: hhc Sep 26, 2010 07:19 PM

    how were the crowds?

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    1. re: majordanby
      hhc RE: majordanby Sep 26, 2010 07:26 PM

      I went there before it officially started at 11:20am (hrs were 12-6) and it wasn't bad early in the day, by 3pm I was a lot more crowded.

    2. JasmineG RE: hhc Sep 26, 2010 07:30 PM

      I was there -- the porchetta sandwich from Oliveto was great as usual, and the frito pie from Marin Sun Farms was surprisingly delicious, but the food has been better and with more options in previous years, I feel like. I did have an excellent cone of banana and salted caramel gelato, though.

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      Oliveto Cafe
      5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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        singleguychef RE: JasmineG Sep 27, 2010 01:38 PM

        I thought Oliveto's porchetta sandwich was kind of average. Maybe because they sliced the pieces so thin they were like deli sandwiches? I just didn't get a wow feeling from it. Plus, I don't know what that orange sauce was on top. I might try Wood Tavern's porchetta sliders next year.

        I thought it was a fun crowd, although a bit too many booths selling clothes and stuff. I wanted more food booths. So I give Pasta Shop credit for setting up all the food booths around the BART station. And even though it stretched all the way to Wood Tavern at Alcatraz (thanks jasmine for letting me know on twitter!) I still feel it was weird that it didn't go down to Marzano or even past A Cote on that side of College.

        My pics: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/201...

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        A Cote
        5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

        Wood Tavern
        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        Oliveto Cafe
        5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        Marzano
        4214 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602

        1. re: singleguychef
          JasmineG RE: singleguychef Sep 27, 2010 01:58 PM

          Yeah, in retrospect, you were right -- it was smaller this year. Even though it stretched to Alcatraz, it basically started a block from Market Hall, and there was less stuff throughout the course of the street. There were a bunch of food booths right around the BART station, but all of those were for places inside Market Hall, and there wasn't much else, other than the Cactus booths and a two ice cream booths (both of which were good).

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            hhc RE: singleguychef Sep 27, 2010 07:56 PM

            From the menu the sauce was a spicy Early Girl tomato sauce

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              singleguychef RE: hhc Sep 28, 2010 11:31 AM

              Thanks for the info. It didn't taste spicy though.

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          sundeck sue RE: hhc Sep 27, 2010 03:16 PM

          I thought Oliveto's porchetta sandwich was a B+ as well. Wonderful to see the pig on the spit over the wood fire outside--think I mentally folded that image into my taste of the sandwich, ramping it up some. Also couldn't make out the composition of the sauce. Had a good piece of corn w/ lime butter at one of the Market Hall booths. Thought the halibut seviche from Hapuku was very nice (had no idea they were serving cooked fish on a regular basis at the end of every week--a lovely discovery--have yet to search this Board for reviews, but have folks tried it? And while it's not food, per se, enjoyed the annual cookbook exchange--got two very fun new-trad books for my Time-Life donations!

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          Oliveto Cafe
          5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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            hhc RE: sundeck sue Sep 27, 2010 08:00 PM

            Shawn Mattiuz from Hapuku Fish Shop said they can make ceviche for anyone that wants it if you give him 48-hr notice & tell him when you want to pick it up. If you want to make it yourself you can have them cut & debone the fish for you.

            I'll attach one pic of the pig I took from Oliveto's.

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            Oliveto Cafe
            5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

             
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              skwid RE: hhc Sep 28, 2010 07:41 AM

              Yep, Hapuku does make very nice ceviche. We've had Shawn make it several times for us and are always satisfied. Note that he will taylor it to your tastes if you talk with him. So if you like it spicier or with certain ingredients he will do that.

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              10foot5 RE: sundeck sue Sep 28, 2010 10:51 AM

              I tried the fish sandwich from Hapuku a few months ago. It was fabulous. Served with seasoned fries that were also quite tasty.

              Couldn't decide which type of fish to choose and the guy talked me into the cheapest option (can't remember the name right now) and also the tastiest option for the sandwich.

              I got it to go, and it survived the trip back to downtown Oakland very well.

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