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Food Events: August 24–30

From the Danville Art and Wine Festival to a Beer vs. Wine dinner at the Lafayette Park Hotel to a discussion on urban winemaking in Lafayette, feast yourself at these East Bay events.


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Urban Wine Uncorked
Urban winemakers from Oakland, San Francisco and beyond discuss the shift from rural to urban wineries. Tastings from assorted Bay Area urban wineries after the discussion.
When: Thursday, August 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $22 standard, $12 members, $7 students with valid ID
Location: Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette
For more info: Call the Commonwealth Club at (415) 597-6700 or CLICK HERE

Spenger’s Backpack Benefit
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in the charming Berkeley 4th Street Shopping District is giving away $10 dining certificates for every new backpack dropped off at the restaurant. Gift certificates good for lunch or dinner, and the backpacks will be donated to the Berkeley Boosters/Police Activities League.
When: Through August, open 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Location: Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley
For more info: Call (510) 845-7771

Danville Art and Wine Stroll
Enjoy an evening of small bites, wine tasting, and live jazz from the Dirty Cats (at Hartz and Prospect).
When: Thursday, August 25, 5:30–8 p.m.
Cost: $25, includes a wine glass
Location: Downtown Danville, Danville Livery, and The Rose Garden Shops
For more info: discoverdanvilleca.com/events.php

Berkeley Firefighters’ BBQ
This annual all-you-can-eat BBQ is staffed and prepared by Berkeley’s firefighters, to benefit The Berkeley Firefighters’ Random Acts Program.
When: Thursday, August 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15
Location: Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Dr., Berkeley
For more info: (510) 549-7000

Bollywood Films & Indian Dinners
Breads of India chef-owner Rohit Singh crafts a prix fixe, four-course menu of regional dishes from Old Delhi. Afterwards, enjoy a screening of “Cheeni Kum” (“Less Sugar”), a romantic comedy.
When: Thursday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Cost: $40 including a glass of wine or beer.
Location: Bread of India at Swan’s Market, 948 Clay St., Oakland
For more info: (510) 834-7684

Wine vs. Beer Dinner
Moet Hennessy USA wine specialist and sommelier Chris Siconolfi and Stone Brewing Company co-founder Greg Koch pair a beer and a wine with each dish of a four-course meal. Try both, and then vote on your favorites.
When: Friday, August 26, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $99
Location: Duck Club Restaurant, Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
For more info: (877) 28308787 or CLICK HERE

Livermore Valley Wine Tasting
Sample five fine wines from Livermore Valley and take a historic train ride through Niles Canyon with wine educator Steve Ferree.
When: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Niles Depot, 37029 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Cost: $37.50
For more info: (510) 910-7024

Picnic in the Point
This picnic boasts a bouncy house, bocce ball, a cake walk, music by the Elite Jazz Band, and a variety of food, drink, and games. Benefits
Washington Elementary School.
When: Saturday, August 27, noon–6:30 p.m.
Cost: General admission is free, $20 advance ticket covers food, drinks, and games
Location: Judge G. Carroll Park, W. Cutting and S. Garrard Blvds., Richmond
For more info: pointrichmond.com

Occasio Winery 2nd Anniversary Celebration with ’09 Petite Sirah Release
Celebrate the release of Occasio’s 2009 Petite Sirah, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the planting of the heritage grape in Livermore. Enjoy music from the Bacchus Brothers and appetizers.
When: Saturday August 27, noon–5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for flight of wines, refunded with purchase of bottle of wine
Location: Occasio Winery, 2245 B South Vasco Road, Livermore
For more info: (925) 371-1987