With one foot still in summer and one foot stepping into fall, this Indian Summer is the perfect time to elevate your entertaining! In the Bay Area, it’s our best weather of the entire year, so why not spend time outside with friends enjoying it, with a decadent cheeseboard? We’re firm believers that a cheeseboard is the hostess’ best weapon. Serve it and you won’t need to prepare any other meal! Not to mention, it’s simple to put together. The key is to really blow your guests out of the water with a beautiful spread and great wine. We’re sharing where to buy the best cheeses, a delicious East Bay based wine (that we bet you haven’t tried yet) and of course, a beautiful, unique board — all from local stores!
Using lingering summer peaches and pumpkin seeded crackers that sing autumn, this perfect spread mixes the best of both seasons. Luckily, there’s a place right here in Oakland that has everything you’ll need. Rockridge’s Market Hall is our go-to for sophisticated, mature cheeses and thinly sliced charcuterie meats. They have unique and beautiful sides like dried orange slices and sweet honeycomb that we used in our spread to really up the ante. Their abundant aisles carry fine and unique sauces, various salts, and jams, while their cheese shop and homemade pastas have made them a fine foods icon of Oakland for almost 30 years.
For wine, we headed to Broc Cellars, a Berkeley-based vintner that only uses organic and biodynamic grapes. Their elegantly whimsical labels are gorgeous, and their tasting room is open to enjoy weekend afternoons, and we urge you to do just that. We brought home three of their bottles: the White Zinfandel, the Sogi which is a blend of Pinot and Gamay, and our favorite, the Grenache Rosé. They were the perfect pairing for a cheeseboard!
Speaking of cheeseboard, one of the best decor and home stores in Oakland, (and maybe the best anywhere!) is Atomic Garden on College Avenue. We got this amazing burled walnut cheeseboard there, and its large size is perfect for entertaining. They have a variety of unique linens and boards, cutlery and serveware that you are guaranteed to oooh and ahhh over. If you haven’t visited yet, you must.
The graphic black and white grid napkins we chose for this get together were picked up at another great home store in Oakland, Marion and Rose’s Workshop. Tucked away in historic Old Oakland, you’ll find a shop curated with everything from pantry items to art to tabletop accessories. The vintage cheese knives were found at none other than the Alameda Antique Faire. Sift through rows and rows of antique treasures every first Sunday of the month. It’s one of the East Bay’s best past times — don’t miss the next one on November 6!
So what are you waiting for? This great weather won’t be here forever. This 3-day weekend calls for an abundant amount of indulging. Don’t forget the wine!
Art Direction + Styling by Bianca Sotelo for 24 East
Photography by Andrea Posadas