Stag Dining started in 2010 with their Clandestine Dinner series, thematic dinners that combined sustainable ingredients, creative menus, and extraordinary locations. They now host pop-up events once a month, and I had the opportunity to attend their August 20th event thanks to Do The Bay. In celebration of the conclusion of the Rio Olympics, their August event was cleverly entitled the Oakland Olympiad and was held at the Oakland Lawn Bowling Club. This was one of the funnest events I’ve had the opportunity to attend. May or may not be considering a career in lawn bowling.. (#lawnbowlwithchristy ??)
However, as much as I fell in love with lawn bowling, I was head over heels for the food and drinks.
Who says no to open bars at 12pm on a Saturday?? We started off our Saturday with a few Pimm’s cups.
Octopus Corn Dogs: miniature corn dogs stuffed with octopus and topped with kewpie mayonnaise, nori, ginger, and katsuobushi.
BBQ Pork Deviled Eggs: Deviled eggs topped with BBQ pork, bread and butter pickled okra (amazing!), and scallion
“White Castle” Bao AKA cheeseburger in a bao. Cheeseburger, pickles, grilled onions, and ketchup inside of a soft and warm bao. I could cuddle with these baos.
Cold Fried Chicken: fried chicken in a lettuce wrap, topped with a broccoli slaw and bacon mayo. I convinced myself that this was basically like I was eating a salad and had 2.. Or 3.
In between games of lawn bowling, we were also brought Peach Mint Julip Snow Cones made of bourbon, peach, and mint. They weren’t shy with the bourbon, and I’m pretty sure I started playing better after I had a snow cone.
After the games concluded (in case you weren’t sure, my team won), we each received a picnic basket filled with yummy goodies like charcuterie, baguette, foie gras, corn salad, chocolate chip cookies, and fruit. We grabbed some rosé and had ourselves a picnic!