Review: Paladar Temescal

The trendy underground Oakland supperclub Paladar Temescal is like a floating (modern) speakeasy: To enjoy these sought-after five-course, you need to be in the know. Which is to say you need to follow the blog for upcoming events and RSVP quickly as spots fill up fast (the secret location is then disclosed via email).

Most meals are based upon what the founders and chefs, Melissa and Hannah, find at the local farmers’ market, and each meal is themed. Past themes have included a Yucatan! Yum! fiesta and a Dirty South Menu and Spirits (replete with mint juleps).

Pre-fixe meals include an appetizer, salad, first course, entree, and dessert. Each dinner asks for a suggested contribution, usually ranging from $45-$50, and proceeds are often donated to a designated charity.

Visit the website for updated event details and to make reservations as dinners are likely to fill up fast.

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Location is emailed to attendees upon RSVP.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at