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Starter Bakery's Easter Bread; Rock Bar's Anniversary

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Brian Wood in action at Starter Bakery. [Photo: eric_kornblum/Flickr]

OAKLANDBrian Wood of Starter Bakery is gearing up to sell colomba di Pasqua, a dove-shaped Italian Easter bread that's a lot like panettone, over the next few weeks. (Key differences: it only has candied orange peel inside, instead of varying dried fruits, and it's coated in marzipan and almonds.) It'll be available at Starter's booths at the Grand Lake, Temescal, and Montclair Farmer's Markets this and next Saturday and Sunday, as well as at Bi-Rite Mission on March 28. You can also pre-order one if you e-mail them by March 25. It retails for $25, and we can testify that it is extremely delicious—our loaf did not survive the weekend. [EaterWire]

BERNAL HEIGHTSRock Bar is celebrating its first anniversary on Thursday night, and they'll be offering $6 glasses of punch as well as reviving some favorite cocktails that have left the menu, like the ICHI Rock and Real Thunderberg. They'll also debut some new spring cocktails, like the Igneous (blanco tequila, lime, red pepper, cilantro, hellfire bitters; $9). As for their stolen donkey mascot, he has yet to return home, but the Front Porch's chef found a similar, smaller replacement who now has pride of place at the bar. [EaterWire]

BERKELEY—Alameda's own St. George Spirits is getting a special tribute dinner at Paragon at the Claremont Hotel next Tuesday, March 26, with a $69 four-course menu paired with cocktails utilizing their line. Dishes include salmon and accompaniments made with each of the company's three gins, accompanied by a trio of gin martinis. See the full menu here, and call (510) 549-8585 for reservations. [EaterWire]

SAN FRANCISCO—If you've always dreamed of owning a food truck of your very own, now's your chance: Food Network is shifting focus with The Great Food Truck Race, and they're looking for home cooks and foodies, as well as professional chefs, to appear on the show for a chance to win a food truck of their very own from Tyler Florence. See their flyer for details on how to apply; those who've owned a food truck in the past are ineligible. [EaterWire]

Rock Bar

80 29th Street, , CA 94110 (415) 550-6664 Visit Website