Homestead in Oakland Hosts Annual Dungeness Crab Feast
Homestead Restaurant in Oakland, California's Piedmont Avenue neighborhood will be hosting their 4th annual Dungeness Crab Feast on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. each day.
These prix fixe family style suppers are designed for those who love crab and don't want to cook on the days before Thanksgiving. The cost will be $65.00 per person. An supplemental half-crab will also be offered for an additional $15.00 and a half price/half portion ($32.50) will be available to children 10 years of age and under. All Homestead prices always include service but not taxes. The restaurant's regular menu will not served those nights.
The Crab Feast menu will include a Winter Squash Salad with li'l gems lettuce, walnut vinaigrette, boont corners and pomegranate; Dungeness Crab cooked in the fireplace with charred broccolini, smashed potatoes, béarnaise and heirloom chicory salad; and Bitter Sweet Chocolate Mousse with peanut brittle and whipped crème fraîche.
In the spirit of the season, Homestead is now accepting pre-paid advance orders for holidays pies with pick up on November 21 November 22. There will be a choice of an 11-inch fresh pumpkin pie ($30.00) and an 11-inch fully loaded brown butter pecan pie ($50.00) made with a pound and a half of pecans.
Homestead was opened in August 2013 by Fred and Elizabeth Sassen and offers an upscale farm-to-table menu prepared with seasonal, often locally sourced, organic ingredients. Fred, 30 years old and most recently at Camino in Oakland and prior to that, Executive Sous Chef at Farallon in San Francisco, grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Working in neighborhood restaurants and then premier downtown venues led to culinary school and the decision to relocate to San Francisco to pursue a career. Seven years at Farallon, farm tours throughout California, and stages at other acclaimed restaurants set the stage for opening Homestead. Elizabeth (previously a sous chef at Farallon and Waterbar restaurants, both in San Francisco) grew up on a farm in the Central Valley, as did her parents. In addition to time spent in San Francisco, Elizabeth worked in Madrid, Spain, running a small high-end restaurant called Memento.
Highlights of the rustic 48-seat dining room located in a 1920s Julia Morgan building, with contemporary design work by Carrie Shores of Larson Shores Architecture and Daniel Austin of Rocket Restaurant Supply, include hues of fennel green, fresh cream and copper, floor to ceiling windows, original brick inlay, an open kitchen, home-style cabinets, a large butcher block table, repurposed antiques, a custom-built wood-burning grill, and artwork by local artists. An outdoor patio has room for 18 people, weather permitting. Homestead also has a semi-private room that can accommodate 10 seated guests, and afford the option of doing custom pre-booked dinners ranging from family style feasts to refined tasting menus.
Homestead is located at 4029 Piedmont Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets, in Oakland, California. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Neighborhood street parking is often an option and there is a city lot directly behind the restaurant. For more information or for reservations, which can also be made via www.urbanspoon.com, call (510) 420-6962. The web address is www.homesteadoakland.com.