It might seem strange that Eat Real, the Oakland festival celebrating inexpensive street food August 28th-30th, has also organized a week of multicourse sit-downs in some pretty impressive Bay Area restaurants. The idea, said Eat Real's Susan Coss, is to raise funds for the nonprofits helping to make Eat Real happen. And, she said, it's a chance to keep the celebration going during the week between the San Francisco Street Food Festival on August 22nd — Eat Real's sister event — and the Oakland festivities a week later.
Eight dinners are planned, each a benefit for a different nonprofit. We're especially intrigued by Brown Sugar Kitchen's five-course Southern, Caribbean, and barbecue feast on August 23rd ($45), featuring fresh herbs and produce from City Slickers Farms' urban gardens in West Oakland. We love the food at breakfast-and-lunch-only BSK — dinner should be a rare treat.
Camino's four-course, family-style dinner ($75) benefiting Civil Eats on August 24th will feature goat cheeses from Andante and Harley Farms. On August 26th, a five-course street-food-inspired menu ($50) by Radio Africa Kitchen at Coffee Bar will center around wild-foraged ingredients donated by ForageSF, a benefit for La Cocina.
The complete list of dinners, as well as information about making reservations, are at the Eat Real Web site. Remember: Terrific food tastes even better when you're also doing good.