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Autumn is here: let’s roast a pig! And eat quince!

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We’re still waiting on apples but we’ve got this beautiful, spicy autumnal dessert currently on the menu:

Maple-poached first-of-season quince, puff pastry, and star anise ice cream with lemon wafer

On the savory side of things: although there are still a good deal of tomatoes on the current menu, over the next few weeks we expect to see more fall produce arriving from our famers including squash, apples, greens and other cool weather crops as we barrel our way towards the ultimate harvest (2014 Truffle Dinners: November 18th – 21st. You heard it here first!) This weekend, we’ll get a little taste of things to come with a whole-roasted suckling pig both Saturday and Sunday night. The pigs will be boned out and stuffed with leg and shoulder meat farce, prunes, and herbs. Because this is a smaller animal, the porchetta will have a higher ratio of meat to fat, and lots of crispy skin. There will only be so many portions, so make a reservation early as we expect to run out.

510-547-5356

By |September 26th, 2014|2014, Coming up..., Events|0 Comments

Sunday Supper for September 14, 2014

SS_sept14_2014_580Prix fixe $40.

Served family-style. For groups of one to twelve. Whole table must order prix fixe menu.

(Please note that wine and gratuity are not included.)

call 510-547-5356 or reserve online

Larger parties: please let us know at the time of your reservation if your table will be ordering the Sunday Supper menu so that we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

By |September 11th, 2014|2014, Events, Happened already..., Sunday Suppers 2014|0 Comments

Late Season Tomato Dinners Sept 23-26

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Tuesday, September 23 through Friday, September 26

It’s turned out to be another one of those years, where the Tomato Dinners have come and gone and a month later the tomatoes are still going & going, and we feel inclined to do it all over again. So…we are.

This time around it will be a bit more contained: a six-course prix fixe offering to celebrate the latter half of this year’s tomato bumper crop and highlight some of our favorite varieties. The menu has yet to be finalized but will look something like this:

Salad of heirloom tomato and melon with anise hyssop, crème fraîche and pink peppercorn

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Rigatoni with fontina Val D’Aosta, Early Girl tomato and breadcrumbs

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Tortellini of smoked tomato conserva with roasted poultry brodo

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Tomato-poached petrale sole with Butter beans, lipstick peppers, and lemon agrumato (vegetarian option available)

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Charcoal-grilled pigeon with slow-roasted Early Girl tomato, lacinato kale and salsa rosa

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Black pepper cannoli with house-made ricotta, Parmesan cheese, Early Girl tomato and basil pesto

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Buttermilk panna cotta with melon granita, Early Girl tomato coulis, and candied Sungold tomato

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$65 per person

Please join us!

By |September 8th, 2014|2014, Coming up..., Events|0 Comments

Sunday Supper for September 7, 2014

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Prix fixe $40.

Served family-style. For groups of one to twelve. Whole table must order prix fixe menu.

(Please note that wine and gratuity are not included.)

call 510-547-5356 or reserve online

Larger parties: please let us know at the time of your reservation if your table will be ordering the Sunday Supper menu so that we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

By |September 4th, 2014|2014, Events, Happened already..., Sunday Suppers 2014|0 Comments

This Just In: Black Mission figs from Hannah’s backyard

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ON THE MENU THROUGH THE WEEKEND:

Black Mission fig and frangipane tart, fig leaf ice cream, and almond nougatine

Figs are in abundance right now, especially in the backyard of one of our pastry assistants who lives up in Napa. Hannah has a particularly productive tree and has been supplying the Oliveto pastry kitchen with enough fruit (and leaves!) to concoct this stellar dessert.
In other fruit news, Bosc pears are hitting their peak now &  will be making an appearance on the menu some time next week.

By |September 4th, 2014|2014, Happened already..., Kitchen Notes, This Just In|0 Comments

2014 Tomato Dinners’ Starting Line-Up

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This year’s tomato tasting platter features some of our favorite varieties of the season. Of note, those little Sungold sugar bombs are coming from a farm that is new to the 2014 tomato roster: Blue Egg Farm, a one-acre operation in Orinda. This is the first time a cherry tomato has ever appeared on the Oliveto tasting platter, but these are some of the best we’ve every tasted.

Not pictured but also of note & cause for celebration: the first official crop of Dirty Girls has arrived! This is an open-pollinated version of the Early Girl hybrid variety, painstakingly bred over the last five years by Joe Schirmer at Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz. We are so excited to get a few prized flats of these extraordinary tomatoes and include them on the 2014 tasting platter.

See the 2014 Tomato Dinners Menu

Reservations still available. Please join us!

By |August 28th, 2014|2014, Events, Happened already...|0 Comments

On the menu this week…

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Pan-roasted chicken rolata with braised Lacinato kale, King Trumpet mushrooms, and chicken sugo

Vitello tonnato
classic Northern Italian cold veal with tuna sauce

Charcoal-grilled local pole-caught Albacore with fresh Cranberry beans, eggplant puree, cherry tomatoes, and Armenian cucumber

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This week’s aged wines by the glass:

Barbaresco, “Riserva,” Barale 1999

Barolo, “Vigna Castellero,” Barale, 1999

 

By |August 22nd, 2014|Kitchen Notes, Summer 2014, This Just In|0 Comments

Sunday Supper menu for August 17, 2014

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Prix fixe $40.

Served family-style. For groups of one to twelve. Whole table must order prix fixe menu.

(Please note that wine and gratuity are not included.)

call 510-547-5356 or reserve online

Larger parties: please let us know at the time of your reservation if your table will be ordering the Sunday Supper menu so that we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

By |August 16th, 2014|2014, Events, Happened already..., Sunday Suppers 2014|0 Comments

Tomato Tasting with Chef Jonah Rhodehamel

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2pm – 4pm

An essential part of Oliveto’s annual Tomato Dinners is the preliminary tasting by the kitchen of available local tomatoes. The bulk of the menu is created based off of these findings, with careful consideration given to the best application for each exceptional tomato variety.

Chef Jonah Rhodehamel and members of his staff assemble the most outstanding tomatoes from our farmers, and categorize them by acidity, flavor, size, color, and texture. This year that tasting will be public, with samples made available to attendees.

This is always a fun and enlightening event, please join us!

By |August 11th, 2014|2014, Events, Happened already...|0 Comments

Sunday Supper menu for August 10, 2014

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Antipasto
Stuffed squash blossom with Costata Romanesco squash salad

Primo
Ravioli of Magruder lamb

Secondo
Brasato of rabbit with peperonata

Dolce
Nectarine galette with honey ice cream

Prix fixe $40.

Served family-style. For groups of one to twelve. Whole table must order prix fixe menu.

(Please note that wine and gratuity are not included.)

call 510-547-5356 or reserve online

Larger parties: please let us know at the time of your reservation if your table will be ordering the Sunday Supper menu so that we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

By |August 8th, 2014|2014, Events, Happened already..., Sunday Suppers 2014|0 Comments