About Our Events

C'era Una Volta events are all open to the public.  Please see our events page for up-to-date information. 

Artist in Residence - Toby Tover 

Artist Statement:
Everyday life 'clip shots' have held a fascination for me. Satire, humor and personal isolation are strong threads that weave themselves throughout the figurative work. The images have been processed through my own personal visual filter. I paint the genre of "human/social condition narratives" which come from my absorbing interest in movies, theater and personal or documentary photography.
Nostalgia is a component of the vintage-based work. Nostalgia in Greek literally means "the pain from an old wound". It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. I paint what I feel: you do not have to feel as I do..that you get some emotional reaction from what I create is all that matters... whether it be laughter or a knowing connectedness.
Go to Toby's website to view her art, see her exhibit schedule and read her impressive curriculum vitae at www.mesart.com/indexps.jsp?artist=582
  Please contact us if you are interested in showing your work or if you would like to purchase a piece you have seen on our walls.

 

 

Flamenco Night (Una Noche Flamenca) - Virginia Iglesias and her Flamenco Dance Company join us occasionally throughout the year for an evening of enchanting Flamenco dance, paired with a limited multi-course menu tailored by Chef Rudy Duran to create a dinner experience far beyond the expected.  Fixed price includes dinner and seating with a view of the show.  As always, children's menus are available upon request. 

Holiday Special Menus - Whether it's Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, or New Year's, C'era Una Volta eases the pressure of a hectic holiday agenda by holding one of our favorite tables under your name, with specially designed holiday menus to reflect the spirit of the season.  Avoid the reservation rush and be the first to book your table for that special day.

Musical Guests -  From bell ringers to jazz singers, C'era Una Volta is continuously showcasing musical talent in Alameda and the greater Bay Area.  Check back frequently to our Events page to see who will be playing next.

Rudy at the Wine BarWine Events - C'era Una Volta has one of the few all Italian wine lists in Northern California, featuring selections from over 50 Italian wines and boasting the title of Best Wine List in 2007 by Alameda Magazine readers. Occasionally, we hold special wine tastings and events in the restaurant. Reservations recommended.

Wine Dinners - In association with special guests, Rudy Duran prepares a fixed menu with wine pairings for each course for all to enjoy in celebration of the successful relationship that our restaurant has made with this exceptional island community.  Whether you are discovering the menu for the first time or a regular at C'era Una Volta, bring your friends and family to share in the festivities.  Reservations only.
 
Chef's Tasting Dinners - Create your own event! If you are planning a family gathering, meeting, or any special event, consider hosting it at C'era Una Volta. Chef Rudy Duran will work with you to design a special menu for your entire party, with the option of wine and dessert pairings that will enhance the flavors and the experience of the day or evening. Contact us to find out more!
 
 
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DE GUSTIBUS NON DISPUTANDUM EST

"There is no disputing good taste."

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A Philosophy of Taste 

While growing up just after World War II in Livorno, Italy, we had few luxuries. Though our town had been destroyed, we were determined to laugh, love and live well with what little we had. I learned to take pleasure in the sensation of being alive, and my appreciation for taste rose above all else.

Food is more than just fuel that feeds our bodies – it is the universal and indispensible means of conveying our traditions and shared community. Food with tradition and with “soul” is the central expression of special occasions in cultures around the world.

The culinary arts celebrate our sense of taste, creating the meals that not only nourish our bodies, but also create experiences that become a true part of us by remaining in our memories.

Taste, in this sense, is a reflection of our culture, our society, our humanity. Taste is what anchors us to the traditions of our past, and becomes the path to preserving our future culture.

In my philosophy, food maintains our bodies – taste sustains life.

I dedicate my work to my mamma, Floriana, whom I appreciate for teaching me simplicity. Dedication is also due to Luciano Grapsa and Renato Porciatti who gave me lessons in life and passion for the culinary arts.

Chef Rutilio “Rudy” Fanetti-DurĂ¡n

 

 

 . . .  another presentation of Enjoyable Music at C'era Una Volta

 

 
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ARTIST MEET AND GREET DURING THE PARK STREET ART AND WINE FAIR EACH AFTERNOON THIS WEEKEND, JULY 26 & 27 ... 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ART SALE

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