Happy 2019 from Cafe Ohlone! It’s been a beautiful year for Ohlone culture and cuisine, and we are entering the new year feeling empowered and confident as we see these traditional foods revived and nurtured again, back on the tables of Ohlone families and enjoyed by diners at Cafe Ohlone. We are grateful for all the encouragement and support we continue to receive from Ohlones and allies alike. In the Chochenyo language we say ‘alšip-mak, meaning “we are grateful.”
Our redwood table, specially constructed from a fallen redwood nearby traditional family villages in the Oakland hills, is now at Cafe Ohlone! We are proud to welcome this beautiful piece into the space, further adding to our vision of creating a space full of intention and traditional aesthetics. Already, this table has had stories, traditional gaming, song, prayer and, of course, lots of Ohlone food centered around it. We want the meaningful discussions and knowledge shared around this table to move into the world around us.
Cafe Ohlone will be closed Thursday January 3, 2019; however, our January schedule will be very robust. With consistent events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays, we now offer a variety of ways to engage, discuss and interact with those who want to learn about our living culture and experience traditional Ohlone cuisine.
On Tuesday January 8, we will introduce tawwa-sii Tuesdays, our regular evening tea hour at Cafe Ohlone. tawwa-sii means tea in the Chochenyo language. We will have a tea hour every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. We envision lively, fun, short bursts of energy on these evenings; Cafe Ohlone will offer seasonal East Bay gathered Native teas, traditional small bites and contemporary Indigenous music to end your day. As with any event at Cafe Ohlone, we will keep the hour focused on living Ohlone culture and identity.
tawwa-sii Tuesdays cost $10.
Thursday Tastings: 1-3 PM
Every Thursday (weather permitting) we serve lunch from 1 to 3. The tasting includes including plenty of delicious food to keep you sated for the afternoon—the menu varies with the seasons and includes a couple of locally gathered teas
Thursday tastings cost $20.
MUR: Saturday Evenings at Café Ohlone (every other Saturday; next one is January 12)
Our series of evening meals and discussions at Cafe Ohlone includes boundary-breaking discussions with cultural revival leaders in our community and an elegant, locally gathered dinner of all pre-contact Ohlone foods and Native teas from the East Bay.
Sit under the twinkling lights while surrounded by Native plants, Chochenyo language and contemporary Indigenous music. Wrap yourself in a blanket as you sip locally gathered Native teas while listening to stories and powerful discussion and learn directly from the first people of the East Bay.
Tickets go on sale a week or so before the date. Check our website for a link to buy tickets for an intimate evening of rooted foods and rich, meaningful dialogue that will work toward a decolonial future here in the East Bay.
MUR costs $95.
Looking for the perfect gift? We offer gift certificates! We call these miiram, which means “gift” in the Rumsen Ohlone language. Click here for more information.