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Dec 1, 2012 02:57 PM

Bay Area Food Festivals and Events -- December 2012

This Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM: Palestinian Bazaar in Berkeley -- proceeds go to the Middle East Children Alliance relief fund. 1101 8th Street

It's in a pretty out of the way place, down the street from Pyramid Brewery. There's food for sale in the back and a few tables and chairs set up. Hummus, spinach pie, baklava and a few more items. Lots of crafts, too. I saw jars of honey, olive oil and olives.

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  1. Hello Chowhounds! CHOW is one sponsor (along with others) of a big bake sale this weekend to raise money for Cookies for Kid's Cancer. There are a bunch of interesting people and bakers and CHOW will be baking for it (the test kitchen is busy baking as we speak!):

    Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Holiday Bake Sale
    Where: 18 Reasons - 3674 18th St (at the corner of 18th and Dolores, near Dolores Park)
    When: Saturday, December 8 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

    Help support a sweet cause this holiday season while picking up delicious holiday treats donated by some of San Francisco's best bakers.

    Breakfast treats and baked goods will be available, along with pre-packaged holiday gift packs, which make the perfect hostess gift. Bring your kids along for holiday cookie decorating and crafts!

    All proceeds go to Cookies for Kids Cancer and directly fund pediatric cancer research: http://

    With each cookie you buy, you will be spreading three times the cheer this holiday season. All proceeds will be matched by OXO and Glad. It doesn't get much sweeter than that!

    Cancer claims the lives of more children annually than any other disease – more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and AIDS combined. Your donations to Cookies for Kids' Cancer help fund clinical trials which could give the amazing, strong children battling this disease more holidays to look to forward to with their families and loved ones.

    If you are interested in volunteering or donating your own homemade baked treats, please email

    If you can't make it, you can still support Cookies for Kids' Cancer and send cookies directly to your loved ones here: 100% of the proceeds will directly fund pediatric cancer research.

    From everyone at Cookies for Kids' Cancer, we thank you for your support and send best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season.


    Thank you! Meredith

    1. Saturday, December 8, Boun That Luang food festival, Wat Lao Saysettha, Santa Rosa
      North Bay will be chowing down again, meeting at 1pm. Menu looks great including kao piek (handmade rice noodles) and Hainan chicken rice,

      12/8, Cookies for Kids' Cancer bake sale, San Francisco
      Bakers can sign up

      1. Saturday, 12/15: "Mark your calenders for Sat 15 Dec 2012 at 7 pm for Great American Barbecue's Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots party at Great American Barbceue in Alameda.
        Bring a toy for you and each of your guests and dinner and festivities is on us! Business members can obtain collection boxes to distribute.
        This is a worthy cause and a great way to end the year with some great food for a great cause. RSVP to Harry Stewart at 510-692-1795 and we can get the ball rolling.
        Still planning our main event food !
        We have always had great support from the CBBQA and its membership. Rock's Bar-b-que and Leonard Sanders Chuckwagon BBQ will once again be a couple of our business member sponsor, Thank Leonard and Rock !"
        Via the California BBQ Association

        1. Friday, December 14 5:00-9:00 PM. Special Holiday Edition of Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center.

          "Expect everything you love about Friday nights at OtG: Fort Mason Center with the addition of retail, art, music, design, and much more! In the spirit of the holidays, retail proceeds will go to the SF Food Bank and we'll have a canned food drive onsite"

          Fort Mason Center parking lot, Laguna and Beach Sts. (catty-corner form the Marina Safeway parking lot), SF

          1. Sunday, Dec 30, New Year Blessing and Free Community Lunch, Wat Lao Saysettha, Santa Rosa
            "10 a.m. Thak baat, food & sweets offering, and receiving blessing from Achanh Bounthanh. 12 noon Lunch, all friends and family are invited to enjoy noodles - kao poon & Mee ka Tei and several other homemade dishes. It is our way of saying THANK YOU for getting us through 2012, lunch is on the house today."

            7th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration through Jan 1