A Love Letter to Castro Valley

You’ve been waiting for a place to gather. A place to meet a friend for a drink. Or get out for a last-minute date night. A local place where your kids are welcome, and adults will truly enjoy.

John and Erica’s Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

By Erica Perez of Oaktown Spice This time of year has always held a special place in my…

Traveling from Home with Chef Charlie: Tuscany, Part II

Continuing our stay on the southern shores of Italy, we are whisked away to a picturesque Tuscan villa near San Gimignnano and Volterra. It is here among the rolling green hills and vineyards, that Chef Charlie introduces us to a comforting Italian sugo, or traditional tomato-meat sauce, served over a buttery polenta.

Traveling from Home with Chef Charlie: Tuscany, Part I

For those of us native to the Bay Area, the month of May signals the start of artichoke season.

One Piece at a Time with Mosaic Artist Rita Soyfertis

As the rain subsides and warmth spreads across the hills, waking up the California poppies among a chorus of new greenery, Rita Soyfertis carefully places tiles into an elaborate design crafted specially for the community that will soon gather along the pathways surrounding the new Castro Valley Marketplace.

Culture Corner with FARMcurious: A History of Cheesemaking

“Mention you work in cheese and you immediately capture people’s attention and imagination. Tell them you teach home cheesemaking and their minds are blown.”

Culture Corner with FARMcurious

Are you ready to nerd out with your curds out? Nicole Easterday, owner and founder of FARMcurious, makes us want to break out the beakers and bunsen burners with her new series of science-focused online cheesemaking and fermenting classes.

Kids in the Kitchen: Chinese Chicken Salad

Tracy Cates paints a picture most parents can relate to with their kids: how to appeal to a range of developing tastes around mealtime.

Traveling from Home with Chef Charlie: Puglia, Italy

How does a buttery Italian pastry, filled with a sweet almond custard sound? Well, this week we’re traveling to Puglia, Italy to bake Pasticciotti with Chef Charlie.

Kids in the Kitchen

Are you running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained? Tracy Cates might have the perfect solution for you. With over 30 years of experience in the culinary field as a chef, instructor, professional caterer, and many other white fluffy hats, Tracy is now directing her expertise into designing fun classes to get kids excited in the kitchen.

Traveling from Home with Chef Charlie

Are your taste buds craving some edible adventure? What if you didn’t need to leave your house to experience the cultures and tastes from around the world?