The weekend starts early this week with a lineup of Thursday events.
The weekend’s best deal may be the $38 3-course dinner with wine pairing available this Thursday, Dec. 2, only at Lalime's. Start with a mussel appetizer, lamb shank and pear tart each paired with a glass of wine.
Across town in the Elmwood District, catch a holiday shopping fundraiser for People’s Grocery featuring local retailers, food by Summer Kitchen and wine tastings by Vintage Berkeley from 7 to 10 p.m. Eat from local farms, drink local wines, and shop from your favorite local merchants. Tickets are $10 presale, and $15 at the door.
The similarly themed Montclair Stroll also will run Thursday evening from 6 p.m. Enjoy refreshments from local eateries and entertainment while shopping special deals at local retailers.
For fans of Mumm Napa, try a tasting of their sparkling wines at the Terrace Room near Lake Merritt in Oakland from 6 to 9 p.m. For pinot enthusiasts, taste Calera library reserves dating to 1994 at Solano Cellars at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45/person for 8 wines and cheese. Call (510) 525-9463 to reserve as spots are limited. Lastly, Penelope bar in Oakland will hold a Berryessa Gap wine tasting.
Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro hosts first Fridays this week benefiting McKinley Elementary School. There’s a voluntary $5 per person admission that goes directly to the school, and $15 gets you a tasting glass and 3 tokens for 3 full pours. Food will also be available for purchase.
For the next two Saturdays, Berkeley’s Donkey and Goat will open its doors for free tastings of its eco-friendly Rhone varietals from noon to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the California Artisan Cheese Guild will host a cheese and wine pairing event called Great Cheese & Good Cheer in Oakland from 2 to 6 p.m. Sample artisanal cheeses while enjoying local wines and beers from the likes of Cowgirl Creamery, Cypress Grove Chevre and more. Tickets are $40.
1329 Gilman Ave., Berkeley
Holiday shopping fundraiser at Vintage Berkeley
2949 College Ave., Berkeley
Top of La Salle Avenue
Mumm Napa at the Terrace Room
1800 Madison St., Oakland
Calera library tasting at Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave., Albany
Berryessa Gap tasting at Penelope
555 12th St, Ste 120, Oakland
1933 Davis St Ste 177, San Leandro
Donkey and Goat
2323 B 4th Street, Berkeley
Great Cheese & Good Cheer
Grace Street Catering Building
4629 MLK Jr. Way, Oakland