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Dec 29, 2012 12:42 PM

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

East Bay

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


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

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

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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.

      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.

        1. 1/16 - Bay Area Agriculture in a Changing Climate, San Francisco

          1/21 - Convivial Table, Salumeria (Slow Food, SF

          1/26 - 10th Annual Bodega Bay Chowder Day

          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,

          1. 1/15 - Vegetarian Pop Up Market, Oakland

            1/18-21 Napa Truffle Festival

            1/19 - 27th Annual Spark Plugs Crab Feed, Sebastopol Masonic Hall

            1/19 Petaluma Lions 31st Annual Crab Feed (lunch or dinner seatings)

            1/19 Redwood Empire Crab Feed Benefiting Children's Charities

            1/19 4th Annual Santa Rosa High School Crab Feed

            1/19 & 20 Winter Wineland, Northern Sonoma County Wine Road

            1/20 Bodega Bay Grange Crab Cioppino Feed

            1/20 Celebrate Jack London's Birthday, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen

            1/26 Analy Boosters Crab Feed, Sebastopol

            1/26 Children's Diabetes Foundation 20th Annual Crab Feed & Pasta Dinner, Petaluma