The food scene in Alameda is always changing, of course (no pun intended). Ching Hua Chinese restaurant on Park Street closed its doors recently, though its three sister eateries in Oakland remain open.
The empty spot at Park Street and Buena Vista Avenue in Alameda Marketplace is slated to be filled by East End Pizza Co. The pizza maker, which uses a wood-fired oven, already sells its pies in another area of the food mall.
Nearby on Lincoln Avenue, owner and chef Scott Cardel says he can't wait to open his catering business off Park Street. Cardel is hosting a grand opening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at 2404 Lincoln Ave. He and executive chef Michele Cavaleri will serve popular dishes such as smoked salmon, along with Cardel Cosmos.
Around the corner at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue, staff members are getting ready for a special day of African dancing and drumming in cooperation with the Cheza Nami group on March 16. A drum workshop is set for 12:30 p.m. that day, featuring master drummer Ibrahima (Ibou) N'gom. A dance workshop will begin at 2:15 p.m. and be led by Julia Chigamba.
Over at the Alameda Main Library on Oak Street, a special talk on the Legion of Honor museum's exhibit "Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette" is slated for 6:30 p.m. March 6. The free talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library (the show is on display in San Francisco through March 17).