10 food events worth checking out in October

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Looking for something to do after midterms? How about some food? Berkeley has 10 events this month that just might make your stomach happy and lighten your spirit!

1. Foods of the Americas exhibit
Oct. 2 to 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: UC Botanical Garden
A display of food crops, from chocolate to quinoa, that originated in the Americas thousands of years ago.
Free with garden admission.

2. Oktoberfest at Pyramid Alehouse and Brewery
Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Alehouse and Brewery
German food and desserts, live polka band, bratwurst-eating contests, stein-holding contests and more.

3. Stefani Bittner and Leslie Bennett present “A Winter Salad Workshop and Salad Tasting”
Oct. 6, 4 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Dalloway’s
In a talk based on their book “The Beautiful Edible Garden,” the authors will discuss which seeds to plant now for harvesting later this winter, which plants to buy from nurseries and which herbs will complement your winter salad.
Ticket: $10

4. Make Goat’s Milk Cheese at The Cheeseboard Pizza Collective
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cheese Board Pizza Collective
A class with the San Francisco Milk Maid on transforming goat’s milk into either crumbly, fresh chevre or fuzzy, ripened goat cheese. The class will cover the basic steps of making cheese, essential equipment and where to find a special “rind-ripening” fungus called geotrichum.
Ticket: $40

5. Innovate Berkeley: Sustainable Economic Development — East Bay Social Innovation Dinners
Oct. 10, 6:15 p.m.
Location: The David Brower Center — The Hub Berkeley
Innovate Berkeley Dinners are informal monthly gatherings where East Bay thought leaders discuss entrepreneurial activity in Berkeley and other Bay Area cities, principles of civic engagement, sustainable city development and social and environmental innovation.
Featured guest: Peter Hirshberg, CEO at The Re:imagine Group
Featured chef: Amy Murray, executive chef at Revival Bar + Kitchen and Venus Restaurant
Ticket: $31.74 for Early Bird and Impact Hub members; $36.87 for general admission

6. 2013 BCF Annual Awards Dinner
Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Location: HS Lordship’s Restaurant
The Berkeley Community Fund will hold its 2013 Annual Awards Dinner to present the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal to Hugh Romney, better known worldwide as Wavy Gravy, an activist, visionary, philanthropist and compassionate clown extraordinaire.
The program includes No Host Cocktails and dinner.
Ticket: $100

7. Cooking with EVOO
Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Location: California Olive Oil Council
COOC taste-panel member and Bay Area chef Anthony Florian will give a class on cooking with extra virgin olive oil, including a live cooking demonstration for a few different dishes prepared with California extra virgin olive oil.
Ticket: $25

8. A Meaningful Light Benefit
Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
Location: The Starry Plough Irish Pub and Restaurant
A Meaningful Light is a charitable organization that raises awareness about the meaningful contributions that people with intellectual disabilities make in our community. The event will feature performances by the Shams Eire, the Guvernment and McCraes Battalion.
Ticket: $15

9. United Nations Day 68th Anniversary Celebration Dinner 2013
Oct. 27, 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave.
Organized by United Nations Association USA-East Bay to commemorate UNA-USA’s 70th anniversary. The program includes a wine reception and dinner.
Keynote speaker and awardee: Rep. Barbara Lee
Tickets: $40; $20 with student discount

10. Patricia Wells presents “The French Kitchen Cookbook”
Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Dalloway’s
The event includes tastings prepared by Summer Kitchen and wine from Vintage Berkeley Elmwood.
Tickets: $60 per person, $75 per couple.

Mai Truong is the editor of Eating Berkeley. Contact her at [email protected]