From savory head cheese to gorgeous hot & sour ramen, these events will blow your food-loving mind.
La Sombra Juice Bar Opens in Oakland
Those looking to get into juicing in the new year will be delighted to know that a new juice and smoothie bar has opened in downtown Oakland. The pop-up—which offers tasty juices with clever names such as El Vampiro (beet, carrot, celery, orange, and mint)—is open Tuesday through Friday from 8am-2:30pm inside of Oakland’s only Senegalese restaurant, Bissap Baobab. 381 15th Street, Oakland
Trade in your traditional ham this season for tasty noodles made by Hapa Ramen's Richie Nakano. He's teaming up with Dosa to ladle out Hot & Sour Indo-Chinese ramen ($18) from December 22-24 at the Valencia Street location. Made with chicken broth, garlic, chili, turmeric, cumin, colander, miso, and scallions, it's the most delicious way to clear your sinuses. 995 Valencia
Hanukkah and Christmas Eve at Burritt Room + Tavern
Celebrate the holidays the boozy way with Burritt Room + Tavern. Stop by any night of Hanukkah (through December 24) for a special menu of potato latke, matzo ball soup, potato knish, braised beef, pumpkin sufganiyot, and rugelach. On Christmas Eve (5-9pm), enjoy a festive three-course menu including goat cheese stuffed pasta, fried Brussels sprouts, Sonoma duck, and Christmas ham. Now that's how you do the holidays right. 417 Stockton
Réveillon Menu at Gaspar Brasserie
Le Réveillon is a traditional French celebration after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. At Gaspar, however, they're extending the feast until the end of the month. The three-course lunch menu ($45) includes smoked salmon mille crêpes, duck confit (with Lyonnaise potatoes, poached hen egg, frisée, bacon-sherry vinaigrette), Valrhona chocolate mousse and, of course, a glass of bubbles. 185 Sutter
Whole Hog Gift Package at Belcampo
Showcasing nine pork products and over 15 pounds of meat, Belcampo's "whole hog" holiday package includes a variety of products ranging from homemade jalapeño cheddar and kielbasa sausages to Belcampo's signature Braunschwieger: the ultimate gift for any meat-minded friends. $225 including shipping. Order here.