New Year, New Buzz about Oakland!
The temperatures outside may be colder these days, but Oakland’s dining scene is only getting hotter. Toss those tired New Year’s dieting resolutions out the window. There is too much happening at Oakland’s restaurants to miss out on some truly unique chances to return to your old stand-bys and discover some new favorites. And if the holidays have weighed you down, we’ve found a great opportunity for you to do good along the waterfront while looking good in rhinestones. 2011 is going to be a fun one….
8 January, Saturday from 9:00am until 12:00pm – Celebrate Elvis’s Birthday with Save the Bay: Leave your blue suede shoes and hound dog at home for this volunteer opportunity. This year, Save the Bay hopes to plant 25,000 indigenous plants along the MLK Shoreline to help attract native wildlife back to the wetlands. Don’t be cruel, join Save the Bay to help restore this critical natural habitat. Space is limited so you’ll need to reserve a space online to participate. If you can’t join them on the 8th, the next Save the Bay volunteer opportunity along the shoreline occurs on 22 January.
13 January, Thursday at 7:00 pm – Classic Cocktails with famed mixologist Jennifer Colliau: JLS’s own Urban Legend Cellars hosts this cocktailing workshop with Jennifer Colliau, the celebrated bartender behind the tasty liquid concoctions at The Slanted Door and Heaven’s Dog. Learn modern twists to classic cocktails that will warm your nights and shake up your next dinner party. This class is limited to only 20 people and tickets are $65 so be sure to reserve your tickets today.
23 January through 29 January – The First Annual Oakland Restaurant Week: With new restaurants opening throughout town and earning rave reviews, you don’t need to cross a bridge to get some truly amazing food these days. As if we needed to provide another reason to explore Oakland’s burgeoning gourmet scene, Oakland’s first ever Annual Restaurant Week arrives on the scene with special meals and deals sure to whet your appetite.
Participating restaurants include some of Oakland’s hottest new restaurants. Located just blocks from the Ellington in Uptown, the newly opened Plum, Chef Daniel Patterson’s first foray into the East Bay, has received rave reviews and wide acclaim for its innovative and seasonal flavors. Uptown’s embarrassment of dining riches continues on the very same block with Japanese stand-out Ozumo and Pican where classic Southern food meets California cuisine. . Support local Oakland restaurants and get out there and eat!