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Brown bag on March 1: Flavors of Oakland

In its bountiful diversity, Oakland offers a glimpse into dozens of distinct cultures. And for every one of those cultures, there is a cuisine that is not only enjoyed by members of the culture but by many outside of it.

OP Staff Assembly, APISA and Oakland Partnership are jointly sponsoring a presentation from the author and photographer of the cookbook “The Flavors of Oakland: Celebrating Oakland One Dish At A Time.” Chef Elazar Sontag and Anya Ku — a UC Berkeley student majoring in Political Science — will present their discoveries of diversity from interviewing dozens of home cooks from different cultures throughout Oakland.

Desserts from different cultures will be served. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

DATE: Tuesday, March 1

TIME: 12 to 1 p.m.

LOCATION: Franklin 11326

In their book, Sontag and Ku use biographies, recipes and photographs to capture the essence of each “flavor” of Oakland. Their larger project aims to use food as a means to bring people together and break down barriers between the many cultures represented in Oakland.

To learn more about their project, visit


The Oakland Partnership initiative seeks to strengthen ties between OP and the local community. Other events are being planned to introduce OP staff to the different neighborhoods and history of Oakland. 


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