Thursday, Jack London Square screens "No Reservations" for its free foodie Waterfront Flicks program. The Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart film starts at sundown, around 7:30 P.M. with pre-festivities including cooking demonstrations and trivia with prizes.
Also Thursday, Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light holds its second neighborhood Twilight by the Lake event. The free mixer runs from 5 to 7 P.M. with complimentary appetizers and live music, and is open to everyone.
It's food truck weekend in the East Bay with three events - though not all are free. I'm not a fan of Rock Wall Wines Friday Food Truck Frenzy, as the admission charge is a steep $6.26 in advance and $10 at the door. Think about how many tacos that could buy! Sure, there's live music and wines by the glass for sale, but I'm not one to fork over $10 to just see food trucks. Expected vendors include Le Truc, Skylite Snowballs and Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile.
A better choice is the last Off the Grid at Golden Gate Fields. The $6 admission gains you food truck access and a day's worth of live horse racing. Expected vendors include Hapa SF, Chairman Bao and Curry Up Now.
The best is Saturday's free Spice of Life Festival in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto form 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. Food trucks like Hapa SF will sell alongside local restaurants like Bistro Liasion (whole roast pig) and Ciocolata Di Vino. Relax in the beer garden or taste some wines from Vintage Berkeley. Catch live music, cooking and artist demonstrations and free tastings and tours throughout the day.
Also Saturday, Kermit Lynch closes down its parking lot to throw a Provence feast from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. The event is free, with wines and food available for purchase.
Two Mile Wines also hosts a tasting room preview Saturday from 5 to 9 P.M. at its new Oakland location. Admission and tastings are free, with $5 wines by the glass and special discounts on wine.
Sunday at 5:30 P.M., R&B Cellars and Angela's Bistro and Bar in Alameda present a 5-course, 8-wine dinner for $50. The menu includes a scallop and Meyer lemon risotto, heirloom tomato salad, veal cheeks and more. See the full menu and reservation details here.
Jack London Square
2 Broadway, Oakland
Cathedral of Christ
2121 Harrison St., Oakland
Rock Wall Wines
2301 Monarch St., Alameda
Golden Gate Fields Racetrack
1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley
Spice of Life
Shattuck Avenue near Vine, Berkeley
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
1605 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Two Mile Wines
477 25th St., Oakland
2301 Central Ave., Alameda