This Week in Food: Soup Nazi Arrives, La Cocina Throws a 'Hood Dinner, and More
Thursday, May 19
The chowder shop made famous by Seinfeld opens its first West Coast branch of the Original Soup Man in Fisherman’s Wharf. Stop by at noon to meet former Oakland A’s star Reggie Jackson, and receive a free T-shirt. 79 Jefferson St.
Later in the East Bay, SF chef and Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen owner Evan Bloom supplies the nosh at Deli Summit, a meeting of the minds that will take place at 7 p.m. in Berkeley. Hear the roundtable group of chefs, deli owners, and authors discussing the state of the Jewish delicatessen in America, and sample house-baked bialys and schmears. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Friday, May 20
La Cocina is throwing a neighborhood dinner 4-7p.m. to discuss plans for the upcoming Street Food Festival on August 20. The dinner will be held at their Mission kitchen facilities, and an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is advised to make sure there's enough grub to go around. 2948 Folsom St.
Also, several local wineries, including Vinos Unicos and Hirsch Vineyards, are joining Wine 4 Japan Fundraiser at the Commonwealth Club to put on a swanky tasting event with all proceeds benefitting the Red Cross’ ongoing Japan disaster relief efforts. It goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance. 595 Market St., 2nd Floor
Saturday, May 21
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., CUESA's Grow-Your-Own Festival’s is offering tips on how to grow and keep fruits, vegetables, and flowers in your backyard garden (because everyone’s got one, right?). Area high school students will work the Schoolyard to Market booth, selling starters from the students’ school gardens. Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market
Sunday, May 22
If the world still exists come Sunday, take the family out to Jack London Square in Oakland for DooF-a-Palooza, a free, all-day event where kids are encouraged to play with their food. The all-day festival hosts cooking demonstrations, street food vendors, and workshops on the table-to-farm food trend. 66 Franklin St., Oakland