The story of Peter’s Kettle Corn might originate on the streets of the East Bay. Munching on kettle corn at local fairs, standing in line for street food, and sitting down to dishes from around the world at mom-and-pop restaurants.
Bay Area natives John and Peter are the brother duo behind the Oakland-based popcorn company that specializes in corporate and special events. At their Laurel district storefront, popcorn flavors change frequently and you’ll find bites like Cookies & Cream, Matcha and Spicy Chipotle Lime.
They credit their unique popcorn flavors to growing up eating at family businesses in the East Bay, so naturally, we asked them to tell us about their most inspiring food stops around town.
Our favorite place for horchata, the creamy drink made from rice and cinnamon, is a colorful taqueria called Calafia Taqueria in Alameda. It inspired our Horchata Kettle Corn.
1445 Webster Street, Alameda
Fist of Flour
Originally a wood pizza oven rigged to a trailer, Fist of Flour inspired our Tomato Basil flavored popcorn. They have a retail location too now in the Laurel District.
4166 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland
The Laney flea market happens every Sunday and it’s crawling with food stands (including ours!) We like “Jorge Corn”, where you can get Mexican street food called Elote: corn on the cob roasted or steamed, sprayed with lime juice, drizzled with mayonnaise, doused in cheese with a sprinkling of chile. It inspired our Spicy Chipotle Lime & Spicy Cheddar flavors.
Laney Flea Market, every Sunday at Laney College on 7th Street, Oakland
Cookie Bar Creamery
Let’s do the math, about 10 flavors of freshly baked cookies to combine with about 20 flavors of ice cream, equals a whole lot of delicious options. Cookie Bar Creamery in Oakland inspired our our Cookies & Cream Popcorn.
517 8th Street, Oakland
Oaktown Spice Shop
We visit the Oaktown Spice Shop often to get inspiration and to discover new spices.
546 Grand Avenue, Oakland