I met an anarchist vegan here in Oakland who let me know about a pop-up "restaurant" that he was in the process of dumpster-diving and otherwise gathering food for which to cook. Of course, I had to check this out.
The event took place in the basement-like outside structure of a house folks call "The Free House" because, apparently, it is free to live there, although contribution to building and changing the house itself is very much appreciated. I got the impression that if someone is handy, helpful, an anarchist or pretty close, and wants to live in Oakland for free, it would not be very difficult to find acceptance there.
The basement-like area (it has an outdoor entrance -- actually, two, one on either side) is an art space. Here's one wall.
This was early, so the place wasn't packed. Actually, it would seem that no anarchist was quite organized enough this time (lol) to get the word out about the dinner, so it was unusually poorly-attended. They had a menu with prices, but it was really by donation, and there was so much food leftover afterward that everyone remaining ate what they wanted.
I brought my new friend Christopher along with me, and we ordered a few things. I got the Corned "Beef" Hash and also some vegan donuts. Christopher, who tries to eat what he calls a "high raw vegan diet," and does not eat gluten, settled for some Palak Paneer, which isn't raw, but it's still good food that was not bound to contain any vital wheat gluten, like mine did.
Later, I went up to their kitchen to check it out and steal some pictures and also to eat some more grub. This house is particularly concerned with issues of gender equality and rejecting hetero-normative culture.
I really liked how their compost bag looked, although I kinda wanted to tell them that they could take those ends and put them in water and grow more veggies!
Everything in the next picture was vegan, and the bread, in particular, was ahhhhhmazing. It was all really good, though. I ate a bit of each thing on this counter.
OK, one more of the food.
...And one to show you the cool chaos of the place.
Interesting stuff. Oakland has a lot of different people who are engaged in various forms of advocacy, and this house is only one example. I love how easy it is here to meet new people and make friends and be a part of the expansive scenes with all their various sub-sectors.
To close this post, allow me to show you this picture I took of this weird and beautiful, dirty and lovely graffiti art space at the Marina in Oakland that the anarchist fellow I referred to at the start of this post brought me to see.