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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..., Tomato Dinners 2014|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

Rabbit boudin blanc back on the menu

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Two weeks ago, Chef Jonah made rabbit boudin blanc. It was heavenly. A perfectly smooth, creamy texture, with delicate, clean flavors. A beautifully realized version of a complicated preparation. And we wanted more of it.

So Jonah is offering it again this week, in the Secondi section of our menu accompanied by our own house-made sauerkraut.

By |August 7th, 2014|Kitchen Notes, updates|0 Comments

1999 Barbaresco/Barolo Dinner with Peter Granoff August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

6:30 PM

1999: Denver beat Atlanta in the the Super Bowl. The Spurs took the Nicks in the NBA playoffs. Shakespeare in Love received the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Y2K bug is a thing. Napster and the euro made their debut. And the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.33.

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Meanwhile in the Piedmont region of Italy: After two unusually warm years, winter temperatures dropped to a more normal range with adequate amounts of snow fall adding needed moisture reserves to the subsoil. Bud-break arrived right on time in most parts, and plentiful spring rains helped with early growth but also led to some mold-issues by May. Temperatures got hot in June and July, but unusually chilly in August. The growing season finished out with a burst of warmth again in September, allowing for a good final ripening and a successful harvest.

We’ll be drinking four wines from the 1999 harvest from four renowned producers:

By |August 5th, 2014|Events, Happened already..., Wine Events, Wine Journal|0 Comments

Sunday Farmhouse Supper for August 3, 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 |July 31st, 2014|Events, Happened already...|0 Comments