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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

POPUP at Tomate Cafe with Miyoko Schinner

To make reservations or for more information please send email to vegshaku8 at gmail

Saturday February 7, 2015

7 pm
separate beer and wine menu is available

A very special evening featuring my friend Miyoko Schinner and her amazing cheeses coming out of Miyoko's Kitchen!

A 5 course menu will be presented, several courses featuring her amazing cashew based cultured cheeses.

The big cheese herself will be in attendance, talking between courses. I will be preparing some of Miyoko's recipes as well as my own improvisations using her ideas and cheeses.

Nori wrapped arancini
bruschetta with homemade bread, homemade mustard, smoked mushroom pate, Miyoko's ash cheese
seaweed salad

Brocolli potato miso chowder with Miyoko's sharp alpine, sage pesto

3 Blood Orange - Fennel salad with olive tapenade, toasted walnuts, kaiware and dressing made from Miyoko's herb du provence

4 Entree
Seitan Bourgignon
mushroom risotto with Miyoko's truffle cheese
Fried Cauliflower with cheese sauce
rappini with garlic

5 Brownies a la mode
Brownies, banana-coconut sorbet, candied pecans, dried cherry coulis, vanilla sauce

Bryant Terry underground restaurant event, Jan 10, 2015

a very special evening at the underground restaurant, this time we are featuring chef and cookbook writer, Bryant Terry. Bryant will be talking between courses and i will be cooking dishes from his books as well as recipes inspired from his writings.

5 course menu to be announced
40 seats available

beer and wine menu available

 Saturday, January 10, 2015
7 pm

LOCATION: Tomate Cafe In Berkeley, 2265 5th street (off bancroft)

To register, please go to:

Tentative menu for Saturday' January 10th popup at Tomate Cafe in Berkeley; a celebration of the incredible culinary traditions of Southern African Americans and the Caribbean. This menu is inspired by the cookbook writer/culinary historian and Oakland resident, Bryant Terry. Bryant will be in attendance and speaking between courses. Still a few seats left for this event.
A separate beer and wine menu will be available featuring wines from my friend Daniel Schoenfeld at Wild Hog Vineyard and some of our favorite California beers.
Please come and join us as this is the first of a series i will be doing with various chefs and food writers.
$75/person for passed appetizers and 4 courses.
this is the tentative menu we are still developing.
Passed Appetizers
jamaican patty stuffed with spicy cabbage and tamarind sauce
black eyed pea fritters w/ hot pepper sauce
Ital soup (coconut milk with root vegetables and greens flavored with hot peppers and allspice).
Salad plate
dandelion salad with pecan dressing, carrot salad with peanut dressing, broccoli with citrus salad, Lima bean - roasted garlic puree.
Pecan crusted tempeh
Roasted Sweet potatoes mashed with oranges or cumin-cayenne mashed potatoes with caramelized onions.
Collards & mustards with garlic and vinegar and apple smoked tofu
some kind of pickle
chocolate pecan pie
orange tequila sauce
banana allspice-coconut ice cream
caramelized bananas with vanilla
condiments on table
smoked pili pili sauce
Jamaican hot sauce


Joelle Leandre dinner/concert Sunday February 15, 2015!

Sunday, February 15, 2015
7 pm
limited space for 20
for more information or to register, vegshaku8 at gmail

We are thrilled to have one of the greatest bass players in the world return to the series. 10 years ago, the third event on the dinner/concert series featured Joelle Leandre and we are really excited to have her return. Paris conservatory trained at a very young age, Madame Contrebasse has performed all over the world, collaborating with the most important composers and improvisers for the past few decades. And now you can hear her in this tiny loft in the hood in west oakland, where countless brilliant musicians have performed this past decade.

Menu (like the music will be greatly improvised!)

Ital soup; coconut broth with root vegetables and greens and lime


polenta cakes
herbed collards
wild mushroom sauce

waffle sundae
chocolate-buckwheat waffles with chocolate pistachio ice cream, maple walnuts and chocolate madeira sauce

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faye Carol/Howard Wiley dinner/concert Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 in Oakland

We got another musical treat lined up. This time we are featuring 2 brilliant musicians who make the bay area their home. Legendary blues and jazz vocalist Faye Carol and tenor saxophone player, Howard Wiley!

Saturday, December 6 2014
7:00 pm
Limited space for 20
for more information or to make reservations: vegshaku8 at gmail

appetizer plate
beet nut pate, roasted garlic hummous, smoked mushroom pate, homemade breads, arugula salad

Cauliflower watercress miso with cauliflower tempura

Tempeh Fesenjan (walnut-pomegranate sauce)
basmati rice with dill, cilantro and scallions
brocollini with lemon
roasted gold beets

Cranberry Pistachio cake with vanilla cardamom frosting
cranberry yuzu sorbet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Indian cooking class, Wednesday November 19 in Oakland

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
7 pm
limited space for 8
for more information or to register:
vegshaku8 at gmail

A hands on cooking class featuring several wonderful dishes from the vast cuisines of India.

We will be creating the following:
3 kinds of dal soup
pumpkin pakora
curried black eyed peas
potatoes with fenugreek leaves
mustard greens, hyperbadi style