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Friday, April 2, 2021

Early Breweries on Tap at Humboldt County Historical Society Program

Posted By on Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 6:30 AM

Humboldt’s hop history is on tap for this month’s Humboldt County Historical Society Program, Mercantile Brewing in Humboldt County, happening Saturday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Presented by Michael Berry, this journey back in time chronicles every commercial brewery known to have operated in Humboldt County from 1854 to the present day — and shows how early brewers struggled in a competitive market. There are limited slots. Sign up for the lecture by 5 p.m. April 2 at www.humboldthistory.org/libraryprogram.
Humboldt County Brewing Company at Broadway and Harris staff in 1909. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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  • Humboldt County Brewing Company at Broadway and Harris staff in 1909.
Humboldt County Brewing Company at Broadway and Harris in the 1910s. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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  • Humboldt County Brewing Company at Broadway and Harris in the 1910s.
Humboldt County Brewing Company advertisement in the Eureka Herald on 12/30/1908. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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  • Humboldt County Brewing Company advertisement in the Eureka Herald on 12/30/1908.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Drive Thru Dinner Fundraisers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 1:10 PM

Dinner conundrum? Problem solved. A few local organizations are serving up the goods at their fundraising dinners this week offering a variety of choices. It's eats made easy, folks — delicious, nutritious and you don't even have to get out of your car.

The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka is grilling plump bratwursts for The Best of the Wurst - A Drive-by Bratwurst Dinner on Thursday, March 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Lodge on Herrick Avenue in Eureka ($25). Drive in and they’ll bring out to your car a hearty dinner of brats, hot potato salad, sauerkraut and a pretzel. Credit or debit only. Get tickets at www.swrotary.org or onsite when picking up. Guten appetit!
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What if chutney's your jam? Swing by the Mateel Community Center for an Indian, gluten-free dinner prepared by chef Michael McKaskle on Friday, March 26 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (prices vary). Chef McKaskle's serving up  Saag aloo (greens and potato curry), Channa tikka masala (garbanzo tomato curry), raita (cucumber salad), chutney and pickle with rice, and your choice of one of the following: Lamb vindaloo (while supplies last) $20; South Indian coconut ginger pork $18; Coconut ginger shiitake vegetables $16. Additionally, you can order pakoras (fried veggie balls), $5; deep fried curry shiitake mushrooms, $5; pumpkin curry soup, $5; coconut vegan rice pudding with rose water, $4; and mango lassi (yogurt smoothie), $5.  Yum. The spice is right. Just drive up and order.

And on Saturday, March 27, saddle up for steak, two types of salad, twice-baked potato and dessert at Humboldt Del Norte Cattlemen's Drive-Thru New York Steak Dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ferndale Veterans Memorial Building ($20 advance at Humboldt Auction Yard or Greens Pharmacy).  Loosen that belt buckle and cowboy up. 
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Friday, March 12, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Drive-By Dinner & Irish Music at the Clarke Museum

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 10:53 AM

Feelin' green because you're not celebrating your favorite holiday at the bar this year? Have a hankering for homemade shepherd's pie and a fat shamrock cupcake from Ramone's? Maybe you're missing those lively nights at Gallagher's when Seabury Gould and Evan Morden kept your toes tappin' as you downed fish and chips with pints and pals. If it just doesn't feel like St. Paddy's Day without some of these traditions, the Clarke Museum has a treat for you.
Chocolate cupcakes with plain buttercream or mint buttercream frosting - COURTESY OF RAMONE’S BAKERY
  • Courtesy of Ramone’s Bakery
  • Chocolate cupcakes with plain buttercream or mint buttercream frosting

Join the Clarke Museum for the St. Patrick's Day Drive-By Dinner & Irish Music, Wednesday, March 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. (featuring the aforementioned shepherd's pie and shamrock chocolate cupcakes from Ramone's Cafe & Bakery).

Order your dinners online at the Clarke Museum's website by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 13,  pick up dinner at the Clarke on Wednesday, March 17 between 4 and 5:30 p.m. and then, back at home, enjoy an hour of live Irish music from Seabury and Evan from 6 to 7 p.m. streamed over Zoom by the MARZ Project crew from The Ink People. 


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Friday, March 5, 2021

Drive Through Dinners at the Mateel

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 6:30 AM

Looking for a quick, easy and oh-so-tasty dinner option tonight? The popular Mateel Drive Through Dinners offering delicious dishes prepared by local chefs are back this Friday, March 5, with Chef Sean DeVries of SH BBQ preparing "woodfired grub," available for pick up between noon and 6:30 p.m. (note the new time) at Mateel Community Center. Chef Sean’s offering meat and
vegetarian options, plus sides and desserts. The meal is as follows:

Honey-Brined, Cherrywood Smoked Tofu (serves 2 adults) 12 oz. - $15

Smoked Chicken Thigh w/ Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce - $10

Salt and Pepper Spareribs Half Rack - $15

Strawberry Balsamic Hellfire Spareribs Half Rack - $15

Sides - Choose Two for - $5
Tangy Coleslaw
Smoked BBQ Beans
Mom’s Potato Salad

Desserts -$ 5
Sweet Potato Brownie
Gingerbread Butter Cake - [Contains Dairy and Gluten]
Everything from scratch, gluten free unless otherwise labeled. Vegetarian (no meat) unless otherwise labeled.

Get yours at www.shbbq.us, text 707-273-4988 or
shoot an email to orders@shbbq.us then pick up at the Mateel. Drive up and order for pick up is also available.
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Toast of the Coast Benefits Coastal Conservation

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 8:30 AM

The Sandfleas rocking a previous Toast to the Coast.
  • The Sandfleas rocking a previous Toast to the Coast.
Raise a glass to the good work Trinidad Coastal Land Trust does in the name of
outdoor conservation at TCLT's Virtual Toast to the Coast on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Yet another annual event going virtual this year, the Toast offers delicious food, art and music just like in years past, but modified for our times. Reserve your to-go crab dinner and a bottle of local wine, and enjoy an evening of music by The Sandfleas, live painting by Matt Beard, a benefit auction and a video on the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust — all from the comfort of your home ($40 dinner,  $30 vegetarian option, $20 bottle of wine). The online event starts at 6:30 with music, follwed by the program at 7 p.m. Register at www.trinidadcoastallandtrust.org for dinner pick-up time at the Trinidad Town Hall (between 4 and 7 p.m). Masks and physical distancing are required during pick-up.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival, Feb. 4-11

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM

If you’re kicking yourself because you missed Temple Beth El’s Yiddish Music Festival last year, don’t kvetch, it’s back!

The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival, a celebration of Yiddish and Sephardic culture, music and cuisine, is happening Feb. 4-11 via Zoom. The event was renamed this year in order to include increased diversity of
Jewish music, such as local cellist Kira Weiss' Sephardic musical event on Tuesday, Feb 11.

Due to the pandemic, the festival is being presented as an expanded Zoom event with highlights that include Cabaret Culture in Interwar Poland, a multimedia presentation by Jewish music specialist Dr. Ellie Shapiro, an independent scholar focusing on Polish-Jewish relations. In 2018, Shapiro completed a dissertation on contemporary Jewish culture festivals in Polish small towns. Formerly the director of the Bay Area-based Jewish Music Festival for 18 years, she first visited Poland in 2003 as a guest of the Polish Cultural Institute. From 1982-90, Shapiro was based in Israel where she worked as a teacher and freelance journalist.

About the presentation: Jewish musicians played a significant role in shaping the popular culture of the newly independent Poland after World War I. Familiar with the modern sounds coming out of New York’s Tin Pan Alley and the alleys of Buenos Aires, they created a cabaret scene that brought tango, jazz and so much more to excited audiences. This multimedia presentation offers a window into this unique world that tragically ended in 1939.
Sasha Lurje - PHOTO BY ABHISHIKTA VANGA
  • photo by Abhishikta Vanga
  • Sasha Lurje
The festival also includes Old Time Yiddishkeit: A Heymish (informal) day of Yiddish Folk Culture featuring a concert by Latvian singer Sasha Lurje and American violinist Craig Judelman as well as fun Yiddish workshops with Sasha Lurje and Rabbi Naomi Steinberg.
Craig Judelman - PHOTO BY ABHISHIKTA VANGA
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  • Craig Judelman
And let’s not forget the food! Let’s Invite Bubbe to Dinner is a cooking class with mother-daughter chefs, Lauren and Mariah Sarabia. Lauren is the owner and chef of Comfort of Home Catering, one of the only Jewish owned and influenced by cultural recipes on the Northcoast. On Sunday, Feb. 7, pre-ordered traditional Jewish baked goods and lunch will be offered by the Sarabia chefs. Get the full menu, details and tickets at www.templebetheleureka.org.

The festival culminates with Singing the Diaspora: Sephardic Songs from Turkey to Morocco, with Santa Barbara-based Sephardic music ensemble Flor de Kanela ("Flower of Cinnamon”) including Kira Weiss, Andrea Fishman, Eric Ederer and Fred Nadis.
Flor de Kanela
  • Flor de Kanela
About the presentation: This presentation traces the cultural and musical history of the Sephardic Jews from their expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in the 15th century to the two main diasporas: the urban centers of Ottoman lands (present day Turkey, Greece and the Balkans) and Morocco. The ensemble will perform several love songs from Salonica, Istanbul and Izmir — cities that became the centers of Sephardic life and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries — and a Moroccan traditional Sephardic wedding song, explaining the cultural and musical contexts.

Prices for The Humboldt Jewish Music and Culture Festival events are $15-$30, or $60 for the all-event pass. Detailed info and tickets available at www.templebetheleureka.org.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Brunch (To Go) in Bayside

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Chefs Casandra Kelly and Rachael Patton. - PHOTO CREDIT CAROLYN JONES
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  • Chefs Casandra Kelly and Rachael Patton.
Snap up a savory and tasty vegetarian meal courtesy of local chefs Casandra Kelly and Rachael Patton at Brunch (To Go) in Bayside happening Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bayside Community Hall. They’ve prepared a healthy and hearty meal of white beans, greens and sweet things with all proceeds supporting the restoration of the Hall's 80-year-old wood frame windows. Check out the full menu and preorder by visiting www.baysidecommunityhall.org ($12 advance/$15 at door plus tax). Remember to wear your mask to pick up your meal.
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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Humboldt Grange Drive-Thru Beef Stew Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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This is how we stew it. Grangers are cooking up some comfort food, y’all. Get some at the Drive-Thru Beef Stew Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Humboldt Grange Hall ($10). Dinner includes a hearty bowl of beef stew with a dollop of sour cream, bread, a side salad and a sweet treat. A heads up helps the grange prepare so do the right thing and call ahead or pre-order at www.my.cheddarup.com/c/humboldt-grange-501, then drive up, pick it up and take it home.
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Friday, November 27, 2020

After the Feast, Congee

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 10:50 AM

JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Editor's note: If you you went full turkey yesterday and find yourself still recovering from a run with the tryptophan dragon, longing for a piece of that same feeling but wary of where it will take you, fret not. There's a balance to be found. In this piece originally published in 2017, Journal arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill explains that there is a middle ground and that congee might be exactly what's needed to get back on your feet.

Maybe you're a more disciplined person than I am. Maybe after the preparations, the cooking, the gorging, the food coma and the dish washing that follow a holiday meal, you can spring up from the bed/couch/floor and begin chopping ingredients for turkey soup. Maybe, like my Sicilian mother-in-law, you're already melting butter for a Tetrazzini while I'm still taking shallow breaths and pawing at leftover pie. Hell, maybe you ate in moderation and aren't nursing a food hangover that will likely last until the next celebration.

But if you're like me and all you can muster after a holiday dinner is bagging the bones and tossing them in the freezer, there's still something wonderful — and stupidly easy — you can do with the remains of a roasted chicken, duck or even a turkey. (Yes, reader with a stack of rotisserie chicken containers forming a tower in your recycling bin, even the $6.99 bird you pick up on Friday nights.) It's cheap, uses up the very last of the carcass after a holiday meal and is gentle on your overtaxed stomach — which is important when you're shakily staring down a month of festivities.

In China rice porridge is called congee or jook. In parts of India it's kanji. In Laos it's khao piak. In Japan it's okayu. But all over Asia, people cook rice into a restorative porridge — with or without fish, meat or bones — adding a few toppings for a simple, comforting meal, morning or night. The Chinese version might be served with fried dough, ginger, soy sauce and green onions. It can be soup-like or similar to a soft risotto. Because this humble dish is so comforting and easily digested, it's also what we feed the sick.

When I was a child, hamming it up with my symptoms, my grandmother made me plain, thick rice-and-water okayu to eat in bed, dropping a soft, pickled Japanese plum on top. If you grew up in an Asian family, you likely ate a version — with Jasmine rice? an egg? crispy shallots? coconut? — that remains the ur-porridge you'll always crave and always return to, no matter how many versions you learn to love. I've made our family's iteration for my children when they were ill, for friends who were hungover and for myself and the cat when I was broke. And after Thanksgiving, some form of rice porridge bubbles on the stove in many an Asian-American kitchen.


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Friday, April 3, 2020

Sara Bareilles and Guy Fieri are Taking COVID-19 Seriously and So Should You

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 10:36 AM

Yesterday People reported that Eureka's singer-songwriter and person who's made me cry with songs about pie Sara Bareilles announced on an Instagram story that she contracted but fully recovered from COVID-19. “I had it, just so you know. I’m fully recovered, just so you know,” she says in the video as she takes what appears to be a very responsible socially distant solo walk. Along with some shots of squirrels and pigeons, she adds, “I am just thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love and just being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around.” So no, having the voice of an angel who knows my soul does not protect you from the virus. Stay home. 
Sara Bareilles shares her COVID-19 recovery on social media. - FROM INSTAGRAM STORIES
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  • Sara Bareilles shares her COVID-19 recovery on social media.


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