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Oakland Local, Oakland's leading news & community site, is filled with people who love to eat, drink and talk about food equity issues, sometimes all at the same time. We're avid about farm to table, affordable local restaurants, food artisans, intense chefs, butchers, bakers, and gardeners and everyone who wants to talk about what tastes good--and where to get it/make it or grow it--in Oakland, CA

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Oakland Cat Café Comes Closer to Reality, Set to Open in September

Oakland Cat Café Comes Closer to Reality, Set to Open in September

| July 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

The ambitious Cat Town Café project, which is set to be a space where visitors can enjoy a coffee and bagel while simultaneously having quality cat playtime, is coming closer to fruition.

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A Conversation with the Top Dog Guy

A Conversation with the Top Dog Guy

| February 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Max Gibson talks to “The Top Dog Guy” about working there for 23 years, watching college kids come and go, and how to deal with jerks.

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Jennifer LeBarre Leads the Way in Oakland’s School Lunch Progress

Jennifer LeBarre Leads the Way in Oakland’s School Lunch Progress

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jennifer LeBarre, Oakland Unified School District’s director of nutrition services, is working to expand the central kitchen the serves the city’s schools and feeds the kids. When LeBarre got started one of her students didn’t even know what a peach was. Hopefully, that won’t be a problem anymore.

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A Taste of Oakland in Sochi

A Taste of Oakland in Sochi

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Oakland’s Veronica Foods is supplying 30 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to thousands of Sochi athletes and journalists in a supply chain that stretches across the globe.

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Seven Reasons to Visit East Bay Farmers’ Markets This Fall

Seven Reasons to Visit East Bay Farmers’ Markets This Fall

| September 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

As more locally-grown produce has been popping up on grocery shelves, you might feel like you could skip the farmers’ markets and just hit the supermarket. If you do, you will miss out on some delightful organically grown treats. It is these only-at-the market vendors that draw me to two and sometimes three markets every week. Here are my faves.

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Ethiopian cooking classes with Brundo in West Oakland

Ethiopian cooking classes with Brundo in West Oakland

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Twice a week, Brundo offers Ethiopian cooking classes, both vegan and traditional options, with a sit-down meal to follow.

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Oakland Social: Five comfort food date nights in Oakland

Oakland Social: Five comfort food date nights in Oakland

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Five suggestions for eliciting summertime romance over comfort food and a full belly.

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Oakland Go-To: Chai Thai Noodles on International Boulevard

Oakland Go-To: Chai Thai Noodles on International Boulevard

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Jonathan Darr at Oakland Local shares his basic “Go-To” restaurant criteria and highlights one of his favorite “Oakland Go-To” spots — a Thai/Lao restaurant on International Boulevard.

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First Look: Desco’s Regional Italian Arrives in Old Oakland

First Look: Desco’s Regional Italian Arrives in Old Oakland

| August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Desco, run by Chef Donato Scotti, opens in Old Oakland, offering delicious regional Italian and an inviting atmosphere.

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Top Chefs Turn to Kickstarter to Open Shakewell Bar and Kitchen in Oakland

Top Chefs Turn to Kickstarter to Open Shakewell Bar and Kitchen in Oakland

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Former Top Chef contestants Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent have turned to Kickstarter to fund their new project: Shakewell Bar and Kitchen — a restaurant that will offer Mediterranean brunch, lunch and dinner with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients.

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First Look: Homestead Restaurant in Oakland’s Piedmont Neighborhood

First Look: Homestead Restaurant in Oakland’s Piedmont Neighborhood

| August 12, 2013 | 2 Comments

Homestead Restaurant, opened by Fred and Elizabeth Sassen, is a high-quality addition to the Piedmont neighborhood.

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Six Ounces to Fine: Perestroika at Periscope Cellars

Six Ounces to Fine: Perestroika at Periscope Cellars

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Only someone deep into or near the aristocracy of wine can stage a movement akin to Gorbachev’s Perestroika. Enter winemaker and some-time sommelier Brendan Eliason of Periscope Cellars.

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Tribune Tavern Opens for Brunch: A Sneak Peek

Tribune Tavern Opens for Brunch: A Sneak Peek

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tribune Tavern brings brunch to 13th and Franklin in downtown Oakland.

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Oakland Social: Local Foodies Give Boozy Marshmallows an Edge

Oakland Social: Local Foodies Give Boozy Marshmallows an Edge

| July 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Jenna Keys mission is to marry sugar and booze through her Oakland-based artisan candy company, SugarKnife.

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