HOLIDAY FOOD & DRINK
Celebrating the holidays, no matter which holiday, often involves a ritual around food. Dining out with loved ones, family dinners, religious gatherings, gifts for the foodies on your list, corporate lunches, and then of course, Thanksgiving. Our Food & Drink Guide spotlights delicious Oakland offerings for all of your upcoming holiday events. You can also explore our Food & Drink listings for special holiday promotions from Oakland restaurants, bars, vintners, roasters, and food makers.
The Gift of Food
MONTHLY CHOCOLATE SUBSCRIPTION
Three new chocolate bars delivered to your door every month. Two full size limited edition bars made exclusively for subscribers. One full-size bar from their archive of award-winning bestsellers.
Americana meets Argentina - sixteen shortbread cookies joined with dulce de leche and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. New England just fainted. We assure you that our cinnamon has never been used to embalm mummies, to crunch toast, to repel moths, or to trade with the Dutch. Just sprinkling.
Wooden Table Baking Co.
Whether you're an experienced home brewer or experimenting with beer making for the first time, one of these great kits from Brooklyn Brew Shop will fit the bill. Choose your favorite beer variety and get brewing: each kit includes all the equipment and ingredients you need to craft one gallon of homemade beer and, since the equipment is all reusable, you can easily restock on the ingredients when you're ready for a second batch.
FIESTA MEXICANA GIFT BOX
This gift set contains 1/2 cup jars of Mole Poblano, Carlito’s Rojito Yucatan, Mexican Adobo, and ground chipotle. Each box is packed with bay leaves, Ceylon cinnamon sticks, and whole chiles de arbol, plus a recipe card.
Oaktown Spice Shop
SCRAPPY’S "EXOTIC" GIFT SET
Scrappy's Exotic Mini Set features 0.5oz grapefruit, chocolate, lavender, and cardamom bottles. Bitters are made by infusing a neutral spirit with any number of aromatics, including spices, tree bark, roots, seeds, fruits, etc. Home cocktail drinkers looking for new flavor profiles to mix with will love this gift.
Alchemy Bottle Shop
KAMPAI SAKE BOX
Includes 3 sakes, sipping guidance from the brewers, seasonal information, and a surprise. You can make your gift even more personal by adding a message when ordering.
Kampai Sake Box
ULTIMATE CALIFORNIA COMFORT
Send some love—and a little sunshine—from the Golden State. This basket is loaded with a collection of California's finest, including Séka Hills extra virgin olive oil, Katz wine vinegar, San Francisco-made confections from Charles Chocolate, addictive 4505 Chicharrones, and more.
Market Hall Foods
Do you love Alice Waters? Then you will love this delicious gift set! Alice Waters claims she doesn’t travel without a bag of Omnivore Salt! We’ve also included the savory and concentrated Omnivore Sicilia, crafted from a recipe by Angelo’s grandmother Sebastiana. Both the salt and the sauce will add a terrific umami finish to your sauces. Box includes: Organic Whole Spelt Mohawks, Omnivore Salt, and Omnivore Sicilia.
WINE CLUB MEMBERSHIP
From light and crisp to oaky and bold, their wines span a range of flavor profiles to suit every palate. You can visit them for tastings, expert advice on the perfect bottle, or give a wine club membership to someone you love to pamper.
Wine on Piedmont
MARIPOSA (GLUTEN FREE) SAMPLER
Surprise someone you love with an assortment of Mariposa favorites including a 6pk of seasonal 'butter' cookies, a 10pk of viennese tea cookies, a 5pk of Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies, 1 triple chocolate brownie, 1 walnut truffle brownie and 1 coconut lemon square.
Mariposa Baking Co.
ICE CREAM THROW DOWN
Show your friends and co-workers how to party! A selection of 18 of our most popular pints (if you have a favorite we'll do our best to add it) three jars of house-made bourbon caramel, three jars of our classic fudge, three packs of cornflake crunch, and three packs of frosted peanuts! Three thermal bags included. Serves 65-70. This kit is delivered by Caviar.com.
PRIVATE COOKING WORKSHOP
A hands-on private workshop is a unique option for a fun, engaging event for your friends, family, clients, or employees. They can work with you to create a customized experience for your specific group or event at their facility or they can come to you.
ROCKRIDGE ICE CREAM & GELATO TOUR
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Rockridge Ice Cream Tour. This one-hour guided walking tour takes kids of all ages through Oakland’s Rockridge area to explore a variety of ice cream desserts—along with a little history as to how we came to enjoy them. This tour is just one hour, providing the perfect break from holiday shopping. Great for kids, families, food tour-newbies, or anyone looking to explore the Rockridge area one spoonful at a time. It’s a truly “sweet” experience! Other food tours available as well as gift cards.
Local Food Adventures
WILD NORI FLAKES
This delicious and mineral-rich WILD NORI flakes are harvested in late spring and early summer to capture this wild super food's peak flavor. These addicting flakes can be sprinkled on anything for a savory kick. We love it on popcorn, eggs, toast, rice... the options go on and on. 100% pure nori makes it a special, potent treat.
Salt Point Seaweed
Choose the coffees you want to gift and have it delivered fresh. With subscriptions, your recipient will never run out of coffee again. You/they can change, pause, or cancel your subscription any time. Choose from one, two, or four bags a month.
BLACK LAVENDER TEA
High grown Ceylon tea combined with english lavender creates an unusual interplay of fragrance and flavor. Devine with milk and honey. Organic Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, lavender flowers.
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
TSALT 4OZ. HOLIDAY BUNDLE
Includes Chicken Lickin' Golden Steak, Mongol, Sweet Chipotle, Taco the Town, and Vintage Vino 4oz jars. Each blend of Tsalt Seasoning contains Jamts salt, formed over 250 million years ago below the mountain range of Mongolia. This Mongolian salt contains 84 different minerals that help nourish the human body.
FAR LEAVES CITY TEA OAKLAND
Far Leaves in Berkeley created this blend of tea named inspired by Oakland's progressiveness, diversity, edginess, political activism, and city pride. Using the smooth and earthy Puerh as its base, this tea has notes of orange peel, barley, pepper, and ginger.
Food to Bring
ROASTED CHICKEN CURRY MINI POT PIES
Choose from one dozen or half dozen mini pot pies of roasted chicken, seasonal organic veggies, roasted garlic and caramelized onions. They pack it with savory goodness! (Whole pies available upon request.)
Two Chicks in the Mix
AFRICAN APPLE PIE
The rich continent of Africa tops this special 9” deep-dish pie filled with fresh sliced Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, pure butter, flour, cinnamon. Since 1981, Uhuru Pies have been part of building an independent economy for African people.
THANKSGIVING SET (6 BOTTLES)
To celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, Dashe Cellars has put together a selection of wines that will be the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal. The Sparkling Wine and Chenin Blanc will have your friends oohing and ahhing while nibbling over noshes. The Mouvèdre, Carignane, and Zinfandel will appeal to the classic red-wine-lovers in your party, while the Cuvée and the Grenache will pair perfectly with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. To finish, their Late Harvest Zinfandel will have guests wondering why they need pie.
Buttermilk biscuits, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts gratin, mashed potatoes, pan of mac and cheese, ginger cranberry sauce, mushroom and madeira gravy, cornbread for stuffing, roasted Diestal turkey breast, sweet potato pie with rum, caramel apple pie, goat cheese cake, graham cracker crust… do we have your attention yet? These are just some of the gourmet items you can pre-order for pickup to take to a holiday dinner.
BAGELS, CREAM CHEESE, CARAFE OF COFFEE
Be a hero at the office! Awaken Cafe will put together an assorted box of Beauty's wood-fired bagels along with Sierra Nevada organic cream cheese. You can also get a carafe of single origin coffee: ideal for people who care about coffee (3.0 liter air pot serves approximately 13 x 8oz. cups). Order with 24-hour notice to insure availability.
CATERED THANKSGIVING DINNER
The time you save in the kitchen is time spent with family and friends. So, order your catered Thanksgiving Dinner from Piedmont Grocery this season. They have created a delicious selection for your Thanksgiving table. You can purchase a few sides, pies, or roasted meats to contribute to a meal or potluck—or order an entire holiday feast. All orders must be received 48 hours prior to the Holiday. Call 510–653‑8181 or follow the link below.
GOURMET CHOCOLATE BARS
Perfect to enjoy with a bottle of red wine. These chocolate bars are made with single-origin chocolate of Grand Cru quality from Venezuela or Ecuador. They also offer filled chocolates and gift box assortments which make great stocking stuffers.
Michael Mischer Chocolates
CATERING PARTIES, OFFICES, FAMILY DINNERS
Whether you’re looking for plated, buffet, a family-style meal, complete menus are specifically designed to individual client needs and budget. Blue Heron Catering strives to provide a sustainable Farm-to-Table experience. Menus are written with the season and supporting our local food-shed in mind. Kosher-style, Indian, and many other global menus available upon inquiry.
Blue Heron Catering
FREE THAI ICED TEA
OFFER: Free Thai iced tea with purchase of an entree, one per person, on Plaid Friday (11/23) and Small Business Saturday (11/24).
Binh Minh Quan is now proudly celebrating more than two decades as a destination restaurant in Downtown Oakland, where they've helped usher in the new “foodie” culture. The owner/chef, Jenny, produces the same amazing flavors and dishes that she savored during her childhood. She also offers the same sense of warmth and hospitality that has kept people coming back since 1998. You can order individually off the menu, and for holiday meals with friends, family and coworkers, sharing orders in the Vietnamese tradition makes this a great restaurant for everyone.
Binh Minh Quan
338 12th Street
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR
OFFER: Seasonal Cocktails and Libations, 5-6:30pm on Plaid Friday (11/23) and Small Business Saturday (11/24).
Amazing cocktails and food meet genuine hospitality, a mid-century living room vibe, and feel-good music. This new edition the neighborhood will be offering a Christmas Eve holiday dinner and a soon to be famous NYE dinner party complete with multi-course meal, champagne toasts, decorations, and music.
Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
3343 Lakeshore Avenue
10% OF YOUR MEAL TICKET IS DONATED
OFFER: Donating 10% of sales on Giving Tuesday (11/27) to SupplyBank.org for school supplies for Oakland Public School students.
Owner Michele LeProhn’s passion to bring people together with food and community paved the way for Communitē Table. A 3rd generation Californian and Laurel district resident for over 25 years, Michele dreamed of cooking healthy, delicious meals with and for friends and neighbors. At Communitē Table, guests choose to enjoy lunch or dinner in a light-filled dining room or bring home seasonal salads, chicken pot pies, scrumptious desserts, and more to share with family and friends.
4171 MacArthur Boulevard
COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE
OFFER: Get a complimentary glass of champagne with purchase of an entree on Plaid Friday (11/23) and Small Business Saturday (11/24).
Where do you take your family when visiting from out of town? Oakland's premier lakefront restaurant, set in a 1920s Art Deco supper club with panoramic view of Lake Merritt, tops our list for its views and vibe. On Thanksgiving, they offer an impressive Harvest Buffet. They often host trivia nights, live music, and other festivities, as well.
The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
1800 Madison Street
50% OFF A HOT TODDY
OFFER: Take a break from your shopping and enjoy a hot toddy at 50% off on Plaid Friday (11/23) and Small Business Saturday (11/24).
Cuban food reflects its rich socio-cultural history and also continues to evolve as a natural byproduct of their creative spirit. Essentially, Cuban food is a mix of Spanish (Spain), African, and the food sources found naturally on the island. But there are few general flavors that inhabit the Cuban palette. At Caña, foremost is their sofrito, mojo, and verde sauces. They are the trilogy and base of much of their cooking.
Caña Cuban Parlor & Cafe
530 Lake Park Avenue