Island Life: A Guide to Alameda from the Folks at Concreteworks

The folks at Concreteworks are not only talented – they’re a classy bunch. On October 20th they’re graciously opening their factory doors to the public and 40 fellow Bay Area makers for “Where Craft Meets Innovation: A Market & Showcase”. We hope you can attend. For those of you not familiar with Alameda and its charms, we asked them for a list of their favorite spots and things to do. Here’s what they came up with.

Concreteworks facility – where they create concrete furniture, countertops, sinks, tubs, water features, fire pits and architectural elements utilizing cutting edge concrete fabrication techniques – is located in a former steel factory on the tidal canal across from Oakland. One block away is the Park Street Bridge and Park Street, the main commercial street that crosses the eastern end of the island. It’s full of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and cultural venues.

A short walk from Concreteworks on Park Street is the Alameda Marketplace, which includes a variety of food options such as Alameda Natural Grocery, Baron’s Meat & Seafood, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, Greens & Grains, The Beanery Coffee Co, Feel Good Bakery, The Station and Sushi King.

Crispian Bakery is a small-batch bakery producing French-inspired American breads and divine pastries.

Lucky 13 carries over 20 drafts plus over 40 bottled beers, including a big selection of Belgian ales, plus spirits, cocktails, and wines by the bottle from local wineries. Order delicious burgers, sandwiches, salads and fried chicken from Scolari’s next door and have it brought to you in the bar or on the back patio.

In a colorful, charming space, Cholita Linda serves Mexican food influenced by owner/chef Vanessa Chavez’ Mexican/Cuban/Peruvian/Chinese heritage and her international travels.

The Alameda outpost of the popular Burma Superstar restaurants (left). American Oak serves classic comfort food, handcrafted cocktails, and whiskies from over 150 distilleries (right).

Deep Dish and Thin Crust Pizza is served in a grand, high-ceilinged space at The Star on Park, from the owner’s of San Francisco’s The Star and Little Star Pizza.

Mosley’s Café sits on the end of a pier on Brooklyn Basin, with views of downtown Oakland, Coast Guard Island Alameda, and the East Bay hills. Munch on breakfast fare, crepes, sandwiches, and pastries while watching the boats pass by.

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire takes place on the first Sunday of each month on the former Navy Air Station on the western end of the island. With over 800 dealers, it’s the largest antiques faire in Northern California and one of the best in the country.

Since 1982 St. George Spirits has been crafting artisanal spirits including single malt whiskey, agricole rum, absinthe, gin, vodka, brandy and liqueurs. The tasting room – with amazing views of San Francisco – has concrete countertops inset with copper (to match the distilling pots) created by Concreteworks.

Sip on wines by winemaker Shauna Rosenblum (daughter of pioneering winemaker Kent Rosenblum) in the tasting room, geodesic dome tent, or patio of Rock Wall Wine Company while eating food catered by Scolari’s and enjoying the stunning view.

Photo at top of page: The Alameda Ferry Terminal near the former Navy Air Station, with the Port of Oakland in the background.

Where Craft Meets Innovation: A Market & Showcase
Saturday, October 20th
11am – 5pm

Concreteworks
2033 Everett Street
Alameda, CA 94501

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