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Friday, April 13, 2012

Pork-Fueled Party Rings in the Spring

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM


What: Chop Bar Pig Roasts

Where: Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street, Oakland

When: Starting April 15th at 4 p.m., then every third Sunday through September, weather

Cost: $20 for food, $5 beer and wine

The Rundown: You know it's spring when the air is filled with the sound of music and the smell of roasting pork. At least, that's the way folks in Oakland ring in the season when favorite locavore eatery Chop Bar visits the Linden Street Brewery for its monthly Pig Roasts.

Starting April 15th and blazing on through the summer, these events have become something of a neighborhood institution, growing in popularity since their inception in 2009 at the Eat Real Festival. Different bands are slated to play every month to entertain the crowds--and there will be crowds, drawn from all over the bay by the promise of crispy skin and juicy meat, so smart partygoers should plan an early arrival to ensure the choicest parts of the pigs.

The $20 a head charge gets you a heaping plate of pork and all the "fixins"-- sides such as potato salad, arugula salad, asparagus and cornbread, and a selection of sauces. Seconds are encouraged as long as you don't mind braving the line twice. Wash down your meal with a Linden Street beer, brewed right on site, or a glass of wine from east bay winery Periscope Cellars for $5 each. It doesn't get much more local that that.

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