Did you catch Chronicle Food’s latest Best Day Ever? They headed to our beautiful island of Alameda, which has gone from a once sleepy city into a dynamic dining destination. It is now home to an exciting, eclectic mix of restaurants serving top-notch croissants, inventive burgers and upscale small bites. Here’s how to spend one delicious, fun-filled day along Park Street:
Start the day off with top notch patisserie Crispian Bakery, where stellar croissants and danishes await.
Cozy up with gooey cheeseburgers in a parklet at Spinning Bones, one of the best the island has to offer.
Have an upscale dinner in a chill setting at alley & vine. Think caviar on tiny buttermilk biscuits and this stunning passionfruit aguachiles featuring incredibly tender scallops.
There’s also plenty to do in between eating and drinking as well, so make sure to head to the link below to see the full itinerary for “The Best Day Ever in Alameda”. We also plan to share more wonderful content from this feature over here so keep your eyes out. Thank you Chronicle Food! ❤️
❄️ 24 HOUR HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY ❄️
Celebrate the holidays with Downtown Alameda! We are so excited to be gifting Hot Cocoa Together Kits to TEN lucky winners! 🙌🏼 Each kit is filled with hot cocoa mix from Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, cookies from Crispian Bakery, two collectable “Shop, Sip, Gather Together” mugs and other delightful goodies for a yummy cup of hot cocoa.
To enter, simply:
1. Like this photo
2. Make sure you’re following Downtown Alameda
3. Comment with one reason you love spending time in Downtown Alameda ❤️
Good luck! Giveaway will run for 24 hours and close on Friday 12/17 at 11:59AM. Winners will be randomly selected and announced shortly after (5 winners on FB and 5 winners on IG, so feel free to enter on both channels to double your odds!).
Must be available to pick up Hot Cocoa Together Kits this Saturday 12/18 from 10am-1pm on Alameda Avenue. 🍫☕️
The Alameda Health System Foundation hosted its first in-person outdoor holiday celebration on 7 December 2021 at The Overlook at the Port Workspaces in Oakland, CA. We were thrilled to finally reconnect with our AHS colleagues, friends, and supporters. It was wonderful to connect with so many of the colleagues that we see regularly on Zoom. Many of the connections made during the event highlight further opportunities to partner across our community to advance health equity. We are grateful to everyone who came to our event.
We want to express our gratitude to the staff @ The Port Workspaces, The RedDoor Catering, and Crispian Bakery for making our event a safe and tasty one. And thanks to everyone who donated to the AHS Adopt-a-Family fundraiser, raising money for the AHS patient families.
If you’re thinking of leaving the cooking to the professionals this Thanksgiving, look no further than some of our favorite restaurants and bakeries in the downtown district. 🍗🥧 Many are already taking pre-orders so make sure to get yours in!
Thanksgiving Dinner + Pie Roundup:
Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden is offering an array of pies, including pumpkin, pecan, chocolate pecan, apple, blackberry, chocolate cream, banana cream, and key lime, PLUS quiche, scones and biscuits. Place your order by 11/20 at order.juliestea.com for pick up on 11/24.
Crispian Bakery is offering their three favorite pie varieties - bourbon pecan, classic pumpkin and apple streusel - plus their regular bread selection. Order online by 11/21 for pick up on 11/24.
Angelas is cooking a special menu with a lemon & thyme roasted turkey entree option, served with mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, cranberry sauce and gravy. Order by 11/23 at 510-333-4874 for pickup on 11/25.
Cinema Grill is cooking up a Thanksgiving Dinner for 4-5 for only $100. Includes a 10lb roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans, salad, stuffing, rolls and cranberry sauce. Order by 11/22 at 510-769-2000 for pick up on 11/24.
Spinning Bones is going big this year and staying traditional with an 8-9lb bone-in turkey breast with a shio koi brine that will easily feed a family of 4-6. These boxes will also include gravy, mushroom soup, a fall salad, roasted squash, stuffing and cornbread. Order on their Square site with pickup options on the 24th or 25th. A vegan box will also be added this week.
Thank you for supporting our local businesses this holiday season! 🧡
Alameda Family Services is incredibly grateful for the success of our Chef’s Kitchen spring series. We first want to thank our amazing chefs, Beth Woulfe of Crispian Bakery, Rudy Duran of C'era Una Volta, and Saboor Zafari of Angelas. Participants learned how to make everything from decadent desserts including Madeleines and Whoopie Pies, to traditional Italian Risotto and Roasted Whole Fish, plus Mediterranean favorites such as an Afghan Rice Bowl and Lime Chicken. Delicious!
We would also like to say thank you to our truly wonderful sponsors: Kelly Lux - State Farm Agent, the Matarrese Brothers, Greg Canales from Studio Alchemy, and Kate McCaffrey #1 Real Estate Agent in Alameda Since 2014. It was only with their very generous support that these events were possible.
Lastly, we want to thank our wonderful participants! We received universally positive feedback and are so appreciative of everyone who chose to participate and support Alameda Family Services.
Through our Chef’s Kitchen events we were able to bring the community together while supporting our local restaurants and raising desperately needed funds for the agency. All dollars raised go to help cover the cost of mental health services provided to students enrolled in the Alameda Unified School District and to support families served through our Family Resource Center.
Join us as we continue Alameda Family Services’ commitment to bringing health and wellbeing to our community. We have partnered with top Alameda chefs for a unique fundraiser and online cooking experience. These local celebrity chefs will open up their kitchens for an interactive non-scripted cooking demonstration, which sharing their favorite seasonal dishes and techniques with you via zoom. You will also receive the full recipes and how-to videos to duplicate the dishes at home!
$100 per event or $250 for the three class series - don’t worry that you missed the first class with Pastry Chef Beth Woulfe from Crispian Bakery, we will send you the live-to-tape video and all the recipes!
Looking forward to joining Chef Rudy Duran from C'era Una Volta next Monday, March 8th as he shows us some Italian cuisine! For more details or to secure your spot, head to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-family-services-chefs-kitchen-fundraiser-tickets-129542163097.
Hot cross buns, anyone? Crispian Bakery has just announced the return of their delicious hot cross buns for the Lenten season! 🙌🏼 They will have them in limited amounts on Thursdays - Sundays through Easter. While they won’t be on the preorder menu, you can call in the morning on the day you want to pick up and they will see what they can do. Please no requests for more than four.
Photo credit: Crispian Bakery
Check out these mini pastry chefs in action! It was so much fun learning how to make Whoopie Pies, Madeleines and Diamant Cookies with Pastry Chef Beth Woulfe from Crispian Bakery. Thank you for sharing your kids with us, Paula Parks and Jeff Wernecke!
Time to gear up for our next Chef's Kitchen event with Chef Rudy Duran from C'era Una Volta on Monday, March 8th at 5pm. For more information or to purchase your ticket, head to the link below.
Photo credit: Paula Parks and Jeff Wernecke
“I'm delighted to help support Alameda Family Services, which does so much to help our community. These challenging times have only served to reinforce what I already knew about Alameda - this is a community that cares deeply about its citizens and its small businesses, and in times of crisis we commit to each other, serve each other, and help each other endure and grow.” - Pastry Chef Beth Woulfe from Crispian Bakery
Looking forward to our first Chef’s Kitchen event of 2021 tonight! If you have a question you would like to ask Pastry Chef Beth, leave it in the comment section below!
Photo credit: Megan Small Photography
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Pastry Chef Beth will share some baking secrets along with a how-to of some of her favorites that you have long enjoyed from Crispian Bakery. Learn how to make decadent Madeleines, festively decorated Diamant Cookies, and these Whoopie Pies - perfect to do with children!
We hope you will join us for this sweet experience next Monday, February 8th at 5pm. To reserve your spot, or learn more about the other Chef’s Kitchen events, head to alamedafs.org/chef.
Did you enter our giveaway on Instagram yet? We are gifting one lucky winner a series pass, so make sure to enter before the giveaway closes tonight!
Photo credit: Crispian Bakery
Looking to step up your cooking game from the comfort and safety of your home? Alameda Family Services has partnered with three Alameda chefs, including two from , for a unique fundraiser and online cooking experience. Learn how to make dishes like whoopie pies with Pastry Chef Beth Woulfe from Crispian Bakery, and the famous lime chicken from Chef Saboor Zafari from Angelas! 😋
On top of learning industry techniques, it’s 100% tax deductible, and will help Alameda Family Services continue to serve the Alameda community during the pandemic. Families in our community are dealing with physical, financial and emotional stress and Alameda Family Services has been working hard to meet the ever increasing need for services.
LIMITED OFFER: Sign up for their three class series for $250 and receive access to videos and recipes from all four past Chef’s Kitchen events (including Downtown Alameda’s Little House Cafe, Speisekammer and Pappo)! 🙌🏼
Alameda Family Services is also running a giveaway on Instagram for a series pass so make sure to head over to their page and enter! 🎉 The first class kicks off next Monday, February 8th from 5-7pm. For more details or to sign up for the series, go to alamedafs.org/chef. Remember, we are all in this together. ❤️