The Food Network is featuring Alameda's Speisekammer Restaurant in one of its "Mystery Diners" shows this month. But some viewers aren't happy that the episode, "Oktobertheft," presents the Speisekammer as a non-Island establishment.
As one community member explained, the Food Network has robbed Alameda of a big opportunity to shine.
"At no time during the program was Alameda ever mentioned," said Joan Festa, an Alamedan who's worked in public relations and journalism. "They just kept showing Oakland, Oakland, Oakland!"
"I felt bad for Alameda," Festa said, noting that she recently ate at the German eatery with her brother and had a great time. "I am very proud to be living in Alameda, a wonderful community, and feel that the Food Network owes our fine city an apology for this blatant snub."
Speisekammer co-owner Indy Johnson Kahl says that she asked the show's producers to feature the restaurant as based in Alameda.
"We tried," said Johnson Kahl. "I live here and really did try to get the show's producers to change it."
But the producers apparently wanted to showcase an Oakland -- or, at least, "Oakland-area" -- spot for the TV show. Alameda is mentioned in a brief write-up about the show on the Food Network's website.
Of course, this type of "poetic license" is to be expected in the world of reality TV, Johnson Kahl acknowledges.
"It's good publicity," she says. "And our regulars know what we're really all about and take the show for what it is. The show's kind of funny, which is OK."
The next showing of "Oktobertheft" is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Photo contest: Alameda will definitely be in focus starting later Friday, when the 2014 Alameda on Camera photography challenge begins. The event, which lasts 48 hours, gives 48 photographers the opportunity to shoot images of a small section of the Island, which has been broken down into 48 areas for the contestants.
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts, which organizes the event, says the photographers "will explore our neighborhoods, favorite places and secret hideaways. Our families, friends and town characters, both the famous and anonymous, will be in the spotlight. Alameda traditions and cherished nostalgia will share the lens with candid shots of our skeletons and dirty laundry."
Images taken during the event will be on display in April and May at the center.
Relay for life: Coming up in June is Alameda's 20th Relay for Life. A kickoff event took place Feb. 1, when the Sun Kings, a popular Beatles tribute band, played before more than 250 guests at the Alameda Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall. The concert raised more than $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
For 24 hours on June 21-22, community members can take turns walking around the track at Encinal High School "to remember those lost to cancer, celebrate survivors and fight back through research and education," event organizers say. See www.relayforlife.org/AlamedaCA or call Lisa Leverton at 510-834-3800 for more details.
Crab fest: The Alameda Education Association, Alameda Firefighters Association and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 5 will host their second annual crab fest "Funraiser" to benefit Alameda Collaborative's educational and teen centers Feb. 28 at the Al DeWitt Officers' Club. To get tickets for the popular event, call 925-209-6725 or send e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.