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Bay Area Food Festivals and Events - January (& New Year's Eve), 2013

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- New Year's Eve Dining: East Bay restaurants offering special New Year's Eve menus include Ajanta in Berkeley (www.ajantarestaurant.com); Borgo Italia in Oakland (www.borgoitaliaoakland.com); District in Oakland (www.districtoak.com); Gather in Berkeley (www.gatherrestaurant.com); the Joshu-ya Brasserie, also in Berkeley. (www.joshu-ya.com); and Lake Chalet on the shores of Oakland's Lake Merritt (www.thelakechalet.com) [from Mercury News

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- 1/18 to 1/27,Oakland, 3rd Annual Restaurant Week, about 43 restaurants

http://visitoakland.org/restaurantwee...

- Saturdays, Oakland, 2-6 pm. Wine tastings at Two Miles Wines, 477 25th St.

http://www.twomilewines.com/

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  1. Other East Bay places doing special NYE menus include A Cote, Rumbo al Sur, Miss Ollie's, Dopo, and Liaison. Some may be sold out by now.

    1. - 1/25 Oakland Museum of California- and every Friday after that from 5-9 p.m., Off the Grid with ten mobile food vendors parked on 10th Street, between Oak and Fallon, Live music, films, dancing, 1/2 price admission to museum.

      http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatThe...

      1. - 1/13 - 1/20, 1st Berkeley Restaurant Week, $30 for three-course prix-fixe dinner at 20 restaurants including Ajanta, Angeline's, Anh Hong, Cafe Rouge, Comal, Gather, Revival, Riva Cucina, Rivoli, Corso.

        http://visitberkeley.com/berkeley-res...

        http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatThe...

        1. 1/16 - Bay Area Agriculture in a Changing Climate, San Francisco
          http://www.spur.org/events/calendar/b...

          1/21 - Convivial Table, Salumeria (Slow Food, SF
          )http://www.slowfoodsanfrancisco.com/s...

          1/26 - 10th Annual Bodega Bay Chowder Day
          http://bodegabayca.org/chowder-day-2012/
          This was one of my favorite events and fundraisers last year. In my critique to the organizers, I suggested that the price be increased, and I see that it has gone up from $5 per person to $10. Still a bargain considering I sampled 16 different chowders, 2 oz each, for a total of a quart. And all but two were very good to excellent, not the overthickened wallpaper paste that's become too common. So far there seem to be 10 entrants on the slate. My notes and scoresheet from last year,
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

          1. 1/15 - Vegetarian Pop Up Market, Oakland
            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

            1/18-21 Napa Truffle Festival
            http://napatrufflefestival.eventbrite...

            1/19 - 27th Annual Spark Plugs Crab Feed, Sebastopol Masonic Hall
            http://sebastopolmasons.org/index.php...

            1/19 Petaluma Lions 31st Annual Crab Feed (lunch or dinner seatings)
            http://events.petaluma360.com/petalum...

            1/19 Redwood Empire Crab Feed Benefiting Children's Charities
            http://www.redwoodempire2030.com/even...

            1/19 4th Annual Santa Rosa High School Crab Feed
            http://srhsf.org/crab-feed.html

            1/19 & 20 Winter Wineland, Northern Sonoma County Wine Road
            http://www.wineroad.com/events/winter...

            1/20 Bodega Bay Grange Crab Cioppino Feed
            http://www.bodegabaygrange.org/images...

            1/20 Celebrate Jack London's Birthday, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
            http://www.jacklondonpark.com/special...
            http://www.kenwoodpress.com/pub/cal_e...

            1/26 Analy Boosters Crab Feed, Sebastopol
            http://www.analyboosters.org/events.html

            1/26 Children's Diabetes Foundation 20th Annual Crab Feed & Pasta Dinner, Petaluma
            http://cdfnb.org/WPr/

            1. - 1/16, Oakland, 7:30am -9:30 am, "Grits and Greens," breakfast at Miss Ollie's, 901 Washington St., with panel discussion on food, art and technology. $12.

              http://www.facebook.com/events/403917...

              http://gritsandgreens2-huboakland.eve...

              - 1/16, Oakland, 6-9pm, screening of film "Soul Food Junkies" and panel with director. Also food from Taste of Africa and Smokin' Warehouse. Free.

              http://soulfoodoakland.eventbrite.com/#

              - 1/17, Oakland, 6-8pm, "Food:An Atlas & People's Kitchen,"...
              "What would it take to assemble an international collection of food systems maps and data visualizations from around the world and then publish it as both an electronic and a printed e book?"

              http://oaktechtalks1.eventbrite.com/

              - 1/18-1/27 Oakland Restaurant Week. Annalee Allen of the Oakland Tribune notes that many of the restaurant week sites are located in historic buildings.

              http://www.insidebayarea.com/annalee-...

              1. 1/16 Fifth Golden Barspoon Cocktail Competition at Spoonbar, Healdsburg
                http://www.mutineermagazine.com/blog/...

                1/19 Piner Olivet Charter and Jack London Elementary School Crab Feed, Windsor
                http://events.pressdemocrat.com/winds...

                1/19 Cloverdale Knights of Columbus Annual Crab Cioppino Feed
                http://www.cloverdale.net/Calendar.as...

                1/19 Grace Episcopal Church Crab Feed, Martinez
                http://martinez.patch.com/events/grac...

                1/26 Our Lady of Grace Church Crab Feed, Castro Valley
                http://www.olgcv.org/

                1/26 Boys and Girls Club Crab Feed, Windsor
                https://secureonlinegiving.com/events...

                1/26 30th Annual Rotary Club of West Santa Rosa Crab Feed
                http://www.sr-rotary-west.org/Crab_Fe...

                1/29 Cinnabar Theater Crab and Shrimp Feed, Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma
                http://www.cinnabartheater.org/1213se...

                1. 1/18 & 19 - Good Food Awards, San Francisco
                  http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1777855...

                  1/19 - National Day of Service to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and in conjunction with the presidential inauguration weekend. To find events near you,
                  http://action.2013pic.org/page/event/...

                  Some examples:
                  Collecting cookware and household goods for veterans and military families, Menlo Park
                  http://action.2013pic.org/page/event/...

                  Volunteer at the Petaluma Kitchen
                  http://action.2013pic.org/page/event/...

                  Feeding Kaden's Park Friends, Oakland
                  http://action.2013pic.org/page/event/...

                  1/31 Magnolia Mixology, San Francisco Botanical Garden
                  http://www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.o...

                  1. 1/25 Marian Brown's 86th birthday, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, SF
                    http://sfist.com/2013/01/24/happy_bir...

                    1/29 Workshop and Farm Tour, Pastured Poultry, ALBA, Salinas
                    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...