High cooking days: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are just around the corner, and with them come days of feasting, celebration and reflection. That means serious kitchen time, too, so if you opt to get your kugel and challah ready-made, we won't tell. Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen in Berkeley and The Pasta Shop in Oakland and Berkeley just posted their holiday takeout menus, and as usual, everything sounds delicious. The Pasta Shop's menu, which includes matzo ball soup, saffron chicken and chopped liver, is available Sept. 14-17 and 24-26. You'll find details and ordering information at www.rockridgemarkethall.com. At Saul's you can enjoy your celebratory dinner there or get your brisket, knishes and honey cake to go. You'll find those details at http://saulsdeli.com.
Meatopia and kraut: Don't forget to mark Sept. 21-23 on your calendar. That's when the food trucks roll into Oakland's Jack London Square for the Eat Real Festival, a three-day celebration of artisanal foods, handcrafted treats and some really great cupcakes. This year's fest kicks off with Meatopia, a New York City-based, meat-centric extravaganza -- and an opening party that includes celebrity barbecue chefs as well as Bocanova's Rick Hackett and Haven's Kim Alter cooking up meat of all kinds. The $50 tab includes two alcoholic beverages as well as food.
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