Mid-Week Menu: Pizza Hacker, Alice Waters, and Michael Jackson’s Favorite Cookies

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

1) Earlier this year, What the Fork reported that Mani Niall, a former personal chef of Michael Jackson’s, will be opening a bakery called Sweet Bar Bakery at 2355 Broadway in Oakland. The build-out is moving along (though Eater reports the opening has been pushed back to September/October), and today, from 3 p.m. until he sells out, Niall will commemorate the King of Pop’s birthday with a pop-up cookie sale outside the bakery. He’ll be selling what he says are some of MJ’s favorite cookies — ’ookies, Niall calls them, since they contain no sugar or white flour.

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