7x7's inaugural Big Eat Oakland tasting series was a popping success.
For three nights in mid May, the sun shone through the windows of four-month-old Gastropig in Uptown Oakland, where owners Ann Thai and Loren Goodwin welcomed some of The Town's hottest chefs who came to serve their finger-licking bites from 7x7's Big Eat Oakland 2017. The folks from Bulleit Bourbon even rolled up in their iconic Woody to pour signature cocktails, including a Kentucky mule and a whisky sour, for the occasion.
Big Eat Oakland, Night 1
Savory French toast, Grand Lake Kitchen
(Photography by Patricia Chang)
Deviled avocado, Abura-ya Japanese Fried Chicken
Tornado potato crisp, alaMar
Pozole verde, Cosecha
Ode to Genova, The Gastropig
Chocolate agave sorbet, Tara's Organic Ice Cream
Abura-ya's chef Adachi, aka Captain Fried Chicken (left), and Fiona.
Cosecha chef/owner Dominica Rice and Grand Lake Kitchen's David Wasem
Bulleit gifted cozy beanies to guests.
Bulleit Bourbon cocktails were a hit.
The chefs kept the party going with Bulleit drinks throughout the night.
Serving up Cosecha's pozole.
AlaMar chef Nelson German plating up.
The chefs! From left: Chef Adachi (Abura-ya) and assistant; Tara Esperanza (Tara's Organic Ice Cream); Dominica Rice (Cosecha); David Wasem (Grand Lake Kitchen); Nelson German (alaMar); Loren Goodwin (The Gastropig)
SF Bartenders slangin' drinks!
Big Eat Oakland, Night 2
Goose terrine with Cumberland sauce, À Côté
Cali burrito, Belly
Cubano sandwich, Cholita Linda
Mole negro de Oaxaca, Agave Uptown
Miso pork ramen, Itani Ramen
German chocolate cake, Flora
Keep the Bulleit cocktails coming!
The chefs have a toast.
James Syhabout, chef/owner of two-Michelin-starred Commis, plating his canapés.
The chefs! From left: Michael Cook (À Côté); Kyle Itani (Itani Ramen); Alice and Alan Chun (Belly); James Syhabout (Commis, center); Murat Sozeri (Cholita Linda); Octavio Diaz (Agave Uptown); Kari Zaft-Gutierrez (Flora)
Big Eat Oakland, Night 3
Spicy pork cracklins, Hog's Apothecary
Bomba with Manila clams, chorizo and local fish, Shakewell
Oxtail stew, Kingston 11
Grilled rib-eye steak, Wood Tavern
Eggplant parmigiana, LoCoco's
Salted maple donut, Donut Savant
A warm spring night meant open windows and outdoor dining.
Look who rolled up: Bulleit Bourbon's Woody!
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey
Chef Jen Biesty and Kaitlin Mitza shakin' bomba!
Donut Savant's Owen Everett makes a very tempting offer.
Kingston 11 chef Nigel Jones and his daughter dished mad oxtail stew.
John Streit, of Hog's Apothecary, brought the cracklins!
A final round of applause!
Let's hear it for the chefs! From left: John Streit (Hog's Apothecary); Esteban Escobar (Wood Tavern); Nigel Jones (Kingston 11, top); Jen Biesty and Kaitlin Mitza (Shakewell); Owen Everett (Donut Savant); Maria LoCoco (LoCoco's, front center).
While some Oaklanders were celebrating the Warriors' win on the night of May 16th, foodies scored at Night One of the pop-up series, where sweet and savory tastes came courtesy of Grand Lake Kitchen, Tara Organic Ice Cream, Abura-ya, The Gastropig, alaMar, and Cosecha.
Night Two got even busier when Commis' two-Michelin-star chef James Syhabout arrived on the scene. He was joined by toques from some of Oakland's most beloved restaurants: Itani Ramen, À Côté, Agave Uptown, Belly, Cholita Linda, and Flora.
Night Three capped the series with a bang, as a particularly party-loving set of chefs dished everything from spicy pork cracklins to traditional eggplant parmigiana. The night was summery and the Bulleit cocktails flowed—even back into the kitchen. The evening's tastebuds were tickled by the chefs from Shakewell, Wood Tavern, Kingston 11, Hog's Apothecary, LoCoco's, and Donut Savant.
We're still stuffed, but that's not stopping us from drooling over all the delicious pictures. Thanks to everyone who came and made our first Oakland pop-up a tasty success!