There’s no question that the East Bay food scene is on the upswing, especially in Oakland where there have been several prominent new openings. And many of them were featured Sunday night in the annual Taste of the Nation East Bay fund-raiser.
The event, which puts on similar fund-raisers in cities across the country including for years in San Francisco, benefits the No Kid Hungry organization that works to feed children across America. The event is also a great showcase for the area’s popular restaurants. It was my first time attending the event, which was held at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.
I was really impressed by the small bites offered up by such popular restaurants such as A16 Rockridge, Box and Bells, Brown Sugar Kitchen, FIVE, Flora, Haven, Hawker Fare, Lungomare, Shakewell and Wood Tavern — all found primarily in Oakland and Berkeley. But there were a few East Bay representatives such as Corners Tavern in Walnut Creek and the Cooperage in Lafayette.
Some were plated beautifully, like FIVE’s tuna with soba salad, while others were just perfect in its simplicity like the home-made burrata by Flora.
And then there were tables of cocktails, beer, and wine to make it a festive party.
The night really made it clear that there are some amazing talents in the East Bay, and the Taste of the Nation East Bay event was a fun night of eating and drinking.
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