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Inside Cosecha, Now Softly Open in Old Oakland

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Cosecha is what happens when you cross a former Chinese take-out hole at Swan's Marketplace and a Chez Panisse alum with Mexican heritage. Now you can take a look inside Dominica Rice's tidy new Mexican eatery, ready to wrap up training and give shoppers at the Friday farmers market a little preview taste today. Biscuits and coffee are now being served; chicken tortas and grilled corn will roll out at 11 a.m. and $2 shredded pork tacos will be offered after 2 p.m.

Rice's story is an interesting one. A Bay Area native whose grandparents come from Chihuahua, Mexico, she spent time working in kitchens in Mexico City and here in the Bay Area at some places that might ring a bell, like Eccolo and Chez Panisse. A little bit ago, Rice decided to go out on her own and start something small, inspired by all of these experiences. With the help of $4,831 from Kickstarter, Cosecha—which means harvest—is now ready to go. It's the kind of place where tortillas, pastries, chorizo and salads are made fresh in house every day. Expect regular business hours to kick off tomorrow at 9 a.m. with cajeta topped buttermilk pancakes. Early reports go right into Eater's magically bottomless tip jar.

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