The Diablo Magazine blog brings word that “Daniel Clayton and Trace Leighton of Nibblers Eatery and Wine Bar in Pleasant Hill are venturing west, bringing their farm-based local, sustainable fare to where it all started. The two co-owners are expanding to Berkeley, taking over the former Locanda da Eva space at 2826 Telegraph Avenue.” The new restaurant will be ORIGEN: A FARM TO FORK RESTAURANT (origen is a Catalan word that means “from the source”), and they are hoping for a late-summer opening. No word if they plan to keep Nibblers open as well.
Meanwhile, EVE in downtown Berkeley has opened their outdoor patio for the summer, now operating it as a casual outdoor lounge. Starting this Thursday May 5th, the patio will be open Thu-Sat 3pm-10pm, with an outdoor beer and wine bar, plus a small menu (oysters on the half shell, house-cured meats, and the like).
Thought you would like to know that MOE’S BOOKSTORE in Berkeley is offering the first 100 in-store customers who purchase $35 or more worth of cookbooks (new, used, or collectible) during the month of May a complimentary goodie bag containing gift cards, certificates, and coupons redeemable for free food or discounts at 15 popular East Bay restaurants and specialty food purveyors. Participating businesses include Café Fanny, Chocolatier Blue, Cioccolato Di Vino, Gather, Italian Colors Ristorante, Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, Maoz, Ozumo, Pasta Bene, Revival Bar & Restaurant, San Francisco Soup Company, Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, The Sunny Side Café (two locations), and Venus Restaurant. 2476 Telegraph Ave. at Dwight, 510-849-9938.
Lastly, this Saturday May 7th, Rockridge Market Hall is hosting an all-day event, Go for the Goat! There will be tastings and product samples of cheese, ice cream, caramels, chocolate, milk, butter, ravioli, goat kebabs, and more at The Pasta Shop, Market Hall Bakery, Market Hall Produce, and Marin Sun Farms. There will also be a milking and petting pen from 12pm-5:30pm in the parking lot with Nigerian dwarf goats from Oakland’s Havenscourt Homestead—but don’t let the kids put two and two together when Marin Sun Farms butcher Chuck Traugott does his goat butchery demo at 2pm. There’s also a panel discussion at 4pm with Sibella Kraus of SAGE, “Why Consuming Goat Products Is a Good, Responsible Choice,” with panelists Lynn Huntsinger, UC Berkeley’s Rangeland Ecology Program; Bob McCall, Cypress Grove Chevre; and Nate Chisholm, Marin Sun Farms. Reservations required for the panel discussion; please RSVP here. 5655 College Ave. at Keith, Oakland.
Former Locanda Da Eva exterior; Yelp photo by Rich H.