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How To Support Oakland’s Black Community

To support our Black community, we have to educate ourselves, listen, and teach each other . In Oakland, we always believe this begins with listening to Black folx and engaging in what is shared. Below is a collated list of our existing resources as well as resources from community members for us to…

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Dominic's Top Spots in Oakland

Dominic is a star on la parrilla , and if you haven’t stopped by Tacos el Ultimo Baile to get some of his delicious tacos, you need to do that ASAP! Setting up his popular truck in Oakland (usually under the trees at Lake Merritt these days, but follow him for updates!), Dominic has found great…

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Black-owned Restaurants in Oakland CA

Oakland has a proud and resilient Black history/community that celebrates the influence on cultures past, present and future. This is certainly reflected and embraced in its food. With everything from Caribbean jerk chicken and plantains to Ethiopian injera with wat and comforting Southern fried…

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Overnight Trip to Oakland

If you’ve been itching to see new sights, explore new cities, eat new foods, appease your travel bug with an overnight trip to the Town! Before you head out, make sure to book your stay for the night! Packing List  Camera 📸 Phone Charger 🤳🏾 A Good Appetite 😋 Hand Sanitizer 🧴 Water Bottle 💦 Mask 😷 (just in case)  …

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Best Burritos in Oakland, California

We take our jobs as the experts on all things Oakland seriously. So much so that we've handed our team their toughest assignment yet find the best burritos in Oakland. Sure, it's a tough job, but we are up to the challenge. We've scoured the town, hitting up food trucks, taquerias, and restaurants. . Hungry yet? Vamos a comer (translation: let's eat!)…

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Women-Owned Restaurants in Oakland

In Oakland, women take lead in owning and operating restaurants that honor traditional family recipes and showcase new, innovative flavors. We're highlighting the owners and chefs behind these amazing women-owned restaurants…

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From Pop-Ups to Delivering Groceries, Oakland Caterers Got You Covered

For Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week,we look at all the businesses that make up Oakland’s culinary fabric.   Caterers can not only make an occasion extra special by offering services for a privately catered function, but have also stepped in during COVID-19 to support local bars with meals to sell, feed the local community through charity initiatives and enrich our daily routines with online culinary classes.   Montperi Catering, for example, is doing a number of holiday specials as well as fun online courses.  “Oakland is such an amazingly strong food community,” said Amanda Pinkham, owner of Montperi Catering. “We are so blessed to be working with organizations to help feed the people in our city, and to have the support of the residents who continue to order and host small events!”  Looking ahead in 2021 to when Shelter-in-Place orders will be lifted, here are some reasons why Oaklanders should consider caterers:  Purchasing direct helps support local businesses instead of what can be expensive online delivery apps.    Some caterers offer daily meal plans so you don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store.   Caterers can bring food to your favorite venue or to your house for a special event (like a birthday).     Whether you enjoy their food via a virtual class or in person, here’s some caterers to support in 2021: …

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Oakland’s Independent, Local Markets to Support

For Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week, we look at the businesses – in addition to restaurants – that have been nourishing Oakland’s communities.  Oakland is home to a number of independent grocery stores with deep connections to local communities, often times filling gaps in fresh, affordable groceries for Oakland’s communities of color.   Yolanda Romo, one of the members from the DEEP Grocery Cooperative (formerly known as the East Oakland Grocery Cooperative), has taken on the mission to provide a reliable grocery store in Deep East Oakland - reliable meaning options in dairy, meat, produce that’s fresh, organic and affordable.   “East Oakland residents are surrounded by liquor stores and major supermarkets that give highly processed or not the freshest food. DEEP Grocery Cooperative is a remedy to that." DEEP Grocery started selling at AKOMA Market, a local open-air market put on by Black Cultural Zone to give a vending space to Oakland’s Black and Brown businesses. While DEEP Grocery is prioritizing finding a brick-and-mortar space, seeking fundraising and looking for a fiscal sponsor, the cooperative’s mission and vision remains as important as ever:   “The DEEP is a worker-owned grocery cooperative dedicated to restoring East Oakland’s community through fresh organic produce, community education, and cooperative economics, prioritizing the wellbeing of Black and Brown people.” …

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Where to Get a Beer in Oakland

The Oktober festivals may be over, but October (or any month really) is still a great time to go grab a beer. Beer snobs and casual enthusiasts alike can agree Oakland is full great bars and its beer scene is a big reason why…

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Ultimate Pit Stop in Oakland

As you plan your epic drive across every county line possible following Shelter in Place, add Oakland to the itinerary on your ultimate road trip adventure. The Town will send you onward with a full belly, and a longing to return for a proper visit the next time around (guaranteed to one-up the gas…

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