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Week's Best Food Events: Stone Fruit, Cheese and Revolutionary French

Take Home the Trophy at the Stone Fruit Contest at Omnivore Books

Whip up your best peach pie, apricot salsa, plum cobbler, nectarine crisp for the Stone Fruit Food Contest at Omnivore Books on July 10—the best entry wins glory (and cash). The event runs from 4-5 p.m. and you can enter for free. For those who want to taste and judge, admission is $5.

Pastry Chefs Unite to Create Savory Dinner at Commis

On July 12, pastry chefs Carlos Salgado (Commis), Kyle Caporicci (Thermidor) and Luis Villavelazquez (Absinthe) are teaming up to create a nine-course savory menu, served to a very limited number of guests at Commis restaurant in Oakland. Should you want to sample the squid ceviche, cherry/tomato tart and pork shoulder with bacon and peaches, capped off with New Orleans iced coffee popsicles, email carlos@commisrestaurant.com and include your name, telephone and number of people in your party (maximum of 4). The meal is $90 (with optional wine pairings for an additional $60) and begins at 6:30 p.m.

Bastille Day: Another Reasons for a Summer Party

Celebrate Bastille Day (the anniversary of the storming of a French prison) with a meal fit for a king. At Grand Café, choose from boeuf bourguignon and Burgundy (served at the bar for $18) or a four-course menu of French classics, including escargot and bouillabaisse, served in the dining room for $53. To add to the festive vibe, there will be live accordion music.

Get your Vegetable Fix at McEvoy Ranch’s Pop-Up Market


Should you want to load up on local fruits and vegetables in advance of the Saturday market, stop by Piccino Café on Thursday, July 15, where McEvoy Ranch will be selling fruits and vegetables from their Sonoma farm, along with bottle of their delicious limited-production olive oil. No need to pre-order—just stop by between 5 and 7 p.m. for your pick of the farm-fresh goods.

Honk If You Love Cheeses

If you’re looking expand your cheese horizons beyond burrata, get yourself to 18 Reasons on July 12, when Rainbow Grocery cheesemonger Gordon Edgar, together with American cheese expert Laura Werlin, will be presiding over a cheese lesson and tasting. Tickets are $50, but learning how to navigate your next cheeseboard? Priceless.