Where in the World is The Hearty Serving: Oakland’s Eat Real Festival 2013

So, this post is ridiculously late but a few weeks ago The Hearty Serving went on a magnificent foodventure into the mysterious and faraway city of Oakland (it’s about 5 minutes away from where I live.)

Every year, Oakland puts on this awesome food truck and local restaurant festival right next to the water in the Jack London marina called the Eat Real Festival. It celebrates small town farms, urban ecology, fresh eating, and supporting local restaurants. This is often the chance for young entrepreneur to debut their fresh new food ideas and dishes to the masses for a full weekend (the event grosses somewhere close to 50,000 people every year across the span of the weekend.)

What’s the catch? Every dish has to be only $5. They can offer sides and drinks that might vary in price but the main dishes have to be only $5.

This year’s event was phenomenal. We made sure to partake in the local beers, cocktails, and even attended a bourbon tasting “experience” from veteran brand Four Roses.

Aside from battling the massive crowds, the event is a must for anyone in the area in September/October every year.

Hopefully, I’ll see you there next year.

Thanks and happy eats,

Local Shoutout: Bar Dogwood

Hear ye, hear ye: looking for quality cured meats, delicious cocktails and spirits, and gourmet cheeses? Surprisingly, I found all three hidden in a little gem in Oakland: Bar Dogwood.

Right off of the busy streets Broadway and Telegraph, this little spot is worth the visit. Luckily, my friend and I made it over for a visit earlier in the evening so we managed to chat a bit with the bartender, but Yelp has it for a record that it gets pretty slammed as evenings go on and even worse to standing-room-only-sardine-squished-status on weekends. The Oaklanders like their cured meats!

We tried their combined meat and cheese plate, and although I’d wish the portions were bigger, it was enough to split nicely between two people. Next time you’re looking for a nice change of scene with a downtown, gourmet vibe, try this place out. You and your meat-enjoying tastebuds won’t regret it.

Thanks and happy eats,



Local Shoutout: Fenton’s Creamery

Short little shoutout to the oldest ice cream shoppe in the East Bay: Fenton’s Creamery. Founded in Oakland in 1894, this restaurant and ice cream haven is still one of the best places to eat or score a cone of your favorite flavor in the Bay Area.


The whole reason that we decided to make a visit to Fenton’s was three little words: swiss milk chocolate. I tried this seasonal beauty a few years back and the love felt was instantaneous. The best way I can describe it is if you took a bunch of frozen Crackle (a prized 90’s ice cream topping, boys and girls) and crushed it up and put it in subtle milk chocolate ice cream. So delicious. Definitely not replicable at home.

If you’re ever in the Bay Area and are in need of some rich, expertly made ice cream, look no further.

Thanks and happy eats,