Commons Archive

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Oliveto Commons is a series of classes, discussions, presentations
and events for the community at large.

Freedom, Progress, and the Dinner Table: Sophie Egan, author of Devoured

Sunday, September 26, 4:30 pm

In Devoured, food journalist Sophie Egan takes us on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche and our eating habits, the good and the bad. In discussion with Paolo Lucchesi.

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Ingredienti Dinner With Victor Hazan

Wednesday, July 20th, 7 pm
$75 for book and dinner

Join us for dinner with Victor Hazan, husband of the late and great Marcella Hazan, wine expert and translator of Marcella's most recent book, Ingredienti.

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An Afternoon of Exceptional Music and Conversation

Saturday, January 23rd, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us for a friendly conversation with two East Bay musical treasures: cellist Tessa Seymour, one of classical music's most promising young talents, and Cal Performances' Director Matias Tarnopolsky. We hope to learn something about the journey of a young classical musician and its many challenges and enjoy some beautiful music in our Meyer Sound-enhanced room.


Sunday Impromptu Concert

This Sunday, we'll be interrupting our regularly scheduled program for an impromptu performance by cellist Tessa Seymour and guitarist Jiyeon Kim, two prodigiously talented artists from the Curtis Institute of Music with exceptionally bright futures before them.

Telegraph Quartet: Britten and Haydn

Friday, January 15th, from 8:45 pm to 10:45 pm

Join us for a light, 3-course prix-fixe dinner and an evening of Britten and Haydn performed by the Telegraph Quartet. Following the program, there will be time to meet the artists. Presented by Benvenue House.


A Tasting with Alto Piemonte’s Brilliant Young Winemaker Cristiano Garella

Sunday, August 16th, from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm

Taste four wines based on the delicate and complex Nebbiolo grape, coming from three different growing areas in the upcoming area of Alto Piemonte, or Northern Piedmont with winemaker Cristiano Garella. "Cristiano is my kind of enologist," says wine importer Oliver McCrum, "very technologically savvy but committed to making wines that express terroir through largely traditional techniques. He's an amazing taster, too." Stay for dinner afterwards — we'll be offering Piedmontese dishes alongside Garella's wines by the glass.


Oliveto Commons is a series of lectures, classes, workshops, and discussions designed to better engage with the neighborhood and offer a venue for a connected community. Driving our decision to launch the Commons is our 40-year interest and involvement in agricultural practices, and the desire to open up and make available our public space for discussions on food and food-production subjects and activities in our community. We also want to offer a platform for agriculture-centered, pro-environment action for committed and interested parties such as local farmers, urban gardeners, scientists, and activists. To contact us, please email