Mid-Week Menu: Homestead Opens, Green Papaya Deli Closes, and a New App Allows Users to Trade Leftovers

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) A notable, slightly fancy-pants new arrival this week on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue: Homestead (4029 Piedmont Ave.), an upscale farm-to-table restaurant located in the former Zatis spot, opens for dinner on Thursday, August 1. Helming the kitchen are husband-and-wife co-owners Fred Sassen (Camino, Farallon) and Elizabeth Sassen (Waterbar, Farallon), whose menu will change frequently with the seasons, but may include things like pissladiere (a kind of caramelized-onion tart), duck confit tortellini, and chili-rubbed slow-roasted pork. And, like real homesteaders, the Sassens will not only be baking their own breads and making charcuterie, they might eventually produce their own cheeses and vinegars in-house as well.

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