Fort Point expands in the Ferry Building
The Ferry Building location of Fort Point Beer Co. is expanding, taking over the now-closed Marla Bakery space, which will double its footprint. Marla quietly closed in late January to focus on its Richmond location, and so Fort Point snapped up the space to create a full beer garden with an additional 30 seats. The current kiosk will remain open during the buildout.
Contrada launches brunch with a breakfast pizza
Now that Union Street’s newest Italian pizza and pasta restaurant has been open for a few months, it’s adding brunch right on cue. There’s a breakfast pizza with California Caviar Co.’s smoked trout roe, creme fraiche, soft scrambled eggs, and garden herbs, and lots of other breakfasty things. You can see the full menu below. It starts this Saturday, March 11 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., but regular hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. going forward.
Get ready for the return of Presidio Picnic
Off the Grid Presidio is coming back, starting Sunday, March 19. The picnic food truck gathering on the main parade ground will include old favorites like Del Popolo, as well as newcomers like Señor Sisig. It’s happening very Sunday from March 19 through October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the full vendor list here.
Oakland principal gets an award from No Kid Hungry
West Oakland Middle school principal Neha Ummat is getting a “Breakfast Champion” award from No Kid Hungry for “her leadership in fighting child hunger by implementing a universal breakfast-after-the-bell program.” It’s being rpesented by Food Network host and Oakland chef Tanya Holland this Thursday, March 9. Ummat started a program that ensures every student gets a healthy breakfast, inspiring a partnership with the Oakland Unified School District to implement the same at nine local schools.
Itani Ramen revamps its beverage program
Oakland’s Itani Ramen is retooling its beverage program to focus on shochu, which is the other, less-talked-about liquor from Japan. You can see the new menu in full below.
ITANI RAMEN DRINK MENU
2.5 oz on the rocks / 16 oz carafe
Toyanago Gura (Rice) fresh sweetness, spiced mouthfeel, sake-esque ($12/$49)
Yokaichi (Barley) floral, clean, subtle herbal finish ($8/$35)
Sengetsu (Rice) bright banana, crisp dry finish ($9/$38)
Kaido Red (Sweet Potato) hint of juniper, mellow, faint cinnamon ($9/$38)
Takara Can Chu-Hi JPOP choose from Grapefruit or White Peach ($6)
Oolong Hai cocktail Oolong black tea, warm aged mugi shochu, grapefruit twist ($7)
Yokaichi Shot (Barley) smooth, refreshing, ice cold ($5 / shot)
SPECIAL SAKE FLIGHT
Three, 1.5 oz pours $12 ($9 during Genki Happy Hour)
Kokuryu Kuzuryu full bodied, clean with a dry finish
Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri soft nose of mixed berries, melon and earthtones
Akitabare Kawashin flavorful and aromatic with notes of chestnut and lychee