Gloomy Memorial Day weekend weather ruined your plans? Comfort yourself with a few local food events.
Tonight, chef and caterer Suzanne Drexhage brings some tasty food samples to her free cookbook discussion at Moe's Bookstore in Berkeley at 7:30 P.M. Drexhage will talk about her favorite cookbooks in the first of a series of cookbook talks at the bookstore.
On Saturday, catch FIVE exectuve chef Banks White's free cooking demonstrations at the Berkeley Farmers Market from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Demos include how to pickle ramps, clean and cook artichokes, and make Johnny cakes.
Also Saturday, head to Vintage Berkeley for its weekly free wine tastings. This weekend features Denis Hoey of Odonata Wines in Santa Cruz: Grenache, Malbec, Syrah and Durif. Tastings run between 1 and 3 P.M. at the Vine St. location; 3:30 to 5 P.M. in Elmwood.
On Sunday, local123 hosts a $50 cash-only, 8-course vegetarian prix fixe popup dinner from 7 to 10 P.M. Menu highlights seasonal and local fare like chilled English pea soup, roasted maitake and brocolli, and a selection of Andante Creamery cheeses. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you tire of hot dogs and burgers, head to the Jamaican Jerk cook-off on Memorial Day Monday from noon to 5 P.M. at Oakland's Linden Street Brewery. Admission is $10 for adults (free for children 12 and under) and includes 2 tickets good for one wine, beer or jerk tasting. Procceds go to My Yute Soccer camp, which encourages positive change in youths through soccer.
2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley Farmers Market
Center St. and MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley
2113 Vine St., (510) 665.8600
2949 College Ave., (510) 549.9501
2049 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Linden Street Brewery
95 Linden St., Oakland