Archive for February, 2010

This Just In: Spring Lamb

Our favorite sheep herder, Don Watson, stopped by yesterday with our first spring lamb.  Born just after Thanksgiving, these lamb have been raised primarily on milk and more recently, have been grazing on mustard and clover.  Don’s flock has a wide grazing range in and around Los Carneros overlooking San Pablo Bay, including many vineyards.  It’s a symbiotic relationship, with the sheep gaining additional space to roam and forage while the vineyards are cleared of brush and fertilized. Continue reading ‘This Just In: Spring Lamb’

Dinner with Canalicchio di Sopra

February 25, 2010

Traditional-style Brunello producer Francesco Ripaccioli, of the small, very fine estate Canalicchio di Sopra, will spend the evening with us Thursday, February 25. A number of his wines will be available by-the-glass and in flights, and Francesco himself will be available throughout the evening to discuss Brunellos in general and Canalicchio in particular. The menu will be à la carte, with some special additions in honor of our guest. Please join us.

510-547-5356 or reserve online

The following Canalicchio di Sopra wines will be featured: Continue reading ‘Dinner with Canalicchio di Sopra’

Fèlsina Olive Oil Tasting

February 23, 2010

Caterina Mazzocolin of Felsina will be in town next week for Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri and will stop by Oliveto on Tuesday night to share some olive oils from the 2009 harvest.   A complimentary tasting of three different oil varieties (Leccino 2009, Moraiolo 2009, and Plurivarietale 2009) will be offered with dinner.  Also, the menu will include some Tuscan dishes prepared by Chef Canales to accompany these truly beautiful oils.  And of course, we’ll have a number of Fèlsina wines available by-the-glass or in various flights.  Please join us.

Reserve online or call 510-547-5356

Giorgio Sacchini, our favorite Tuscan woodsman, comes to visit

After years of nagging, our wonderful Tuscan friends are coming for a brief visit.  The Sacchini family, Giorgio, Paola and Denise will be here in Oakland this coming weekend. Giorgio has been the Oliveto truffle hunter and agent for the past 14 years, and also the main reason we’ve been able to get our hands on the very best truffles for our annual truffle dinners.

The Sacchinis will be in the Oliveto Cafe this Sunday night, February 14th. We’re not exactly sure what they’ll be doing, but they’ll be making some food and hanging out.

We stay with Giorgio every time we visit Tuscany, as have many of our friends, at their wonderful agriturismo:

Menu for Whole Hog Dinners 2010

“The Granddaddy of Pig Feasts”


Whole Cuts

Wild boar prosciutto, lonza, spallacia, and lardo
platter for two

Sweet Meats

Pâté capriccioso, pork liver/sour cherry pâté, cicciolata, coppa di testa, mortadella, and salame cotto
platter for two

Dry-Cured Salumi

Soppressata, felino, Basque, finocchiona, Genoa, nostrano, piccante, and salametto
platter for two Continue reading ‘Menu for Whole Hog Dinners 2010′

Thank You East Bay Community!

Saturday was a big success.  $17,297 was raised for Haiti earthquake survivors.  Seventeen-thousand-two-hundred-and-ninety-seven dollars!  Wow.  Thank you to everyone who came out & showed their support & gave so generously.  A special thanks to Adelmise Warner for organizing the event & getting us involved.

If you were not able to make it to the fundraiser on Saturday, please consider visiting The Bay Area Red Cross website & making a donation. Continue reading ‘Thank You East Bay Community!’