Here’s the next step for the chef behind Oakland Caribbean’s now-closed Miss Ollie’s restaurant

It’s only been about a month since chef Sarah Kirnon, owner of beloved Oakland restaurant Miss Ollie’s, announced plans to close the business at the end of March. Now KQED has the scoop on what’s next: Kirnon says she plans to launch a trio of spin-off projects that will see her continue to bring Afro-Caribbean food to the Bay Area. First, she’s working on a take-out window attached to a commissary’s kitchen (exact location to be announced later) from which she’ll serve a tight menu of Miss Ollie’s favourites. The can’t-miss spot, which she hopes to debut in June, will sell daily specials like oxtails and fried chicken, as well as a staple or two.

Kirnon also told KQED that she plans to host monthly Chef’s Table events for those looking for a full dining experience. At these tasting menu dinners, Kirnon will open the take-out window space for a restaurant-style experience, with a menu of “weird Caribbean cuisine” like sea urchin and Dungeness crab porridge. She is also working on a space for a Caribbean galette and café in downtown Oakland, where she will serve traditional Caribbean sweet cakes, Creole donuts and coffee sourced from Haiti. Don’t expect lattes though, Kirnon says she’ll keep it simple with just drip coffee and condensed milk.

Oakland Absinthe has legally changed its name to Absinthia

Meet Absinthia Vermut, the woman behind West Oakland’s Absinthia’s Bottled Spirits and small batch absinthe distiller. Vermut tells Mercury News she fell in love with absinthe at an event hosted by the free-spirited group that launched Burning Man, then legally changed her name to reflect her passion for the “green fairy”.

Persian steakhouse moves to downtown Palo Alto

Arya Steakhouse, a Persian restaurant in Redwood City, is moving to downtown Palo Alto, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The restaurant’s owners say their 10-year lease is ending in their current space, so they’re taking the opportunity to move into Tam Tam’s former vacant location at 140 University Avenue, near Stanford University and the CalTrain station. .

Here’s How You Can Get Langer’s Deli Pastrami Sandwiches in the Bay Area

Langer’s Deli, the classic Los Angeles restaurant praised for serving some of the best pastrami sandwiches in the country, is now available for delivery throughout the Bay Area via Locale for a $5 delivery fee. Other Los Angeles favorites also available via delivery starting April 18 include Burritos La Palma, Harry’s Berries and San Pedro Fish Market.

Buy tickets now for summer food and drink festivals

The 2022 Outside Lands lineup is out, so if you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on your ticket purchase, now is the time. Headliners include Green Day, SZA and Post Malone – but never forget the three-day festival, which runs August 7-9 in Golden Gate Park, also features dozens of food and drink vendors . Stay tuned for more updates on this year’s must-try dishes.

Beer lovers may also want to save the date or purchase tickets now for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, taking place May 14-15 at the Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico. The event promises plenty of cold beer as well as games like human foosball, hungry human hippos, keg bowling and a silent disco.

Michael M. Tomlin