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Holiday guide (and recipe contest)!

Submitted by on 1, November 29, 2010 – 12:03 amNo Comment

This holiday season, The Island has a gift for you: A comprehensive holiday guide with advice on where to shop, what to eat, where to give, events listings and more. We’ll kick things off this week with a fresh holiday piece each day; you can also check out our full holiday events calendar on The Island’s Holiday Guide page (available by clicking the link here or at the top of the page), along with a list of local charities and arts organizations where you can direct your donation dollars.

We’re also sponsoring our first-ever recipe contest (and there’s prizes!). Here’s how to enter: Simply send us your best holiday recipe, along with your name and contact information, at recipes@theislandofalameda.com by December 14 (write “recipe contest” in the subject line). We’ll post the entries on December 15 – along with a poll allowing readers to choose their favorite recipe. The winner of that reader poll will be announced on December 23.

As to the prizes: The first person to enter our contest will receive a pass to the Alameda Holiday Home Tour, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11. The event, which is a fundraiser for the Alameda Family Services League, includes a home tour, tea, and a holiday boutique and gourmet shop.

And the winner of our recipe contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Asena Restaurant, one of the finest eateries on the Island (some of our favorites include their grilled eggplant and the mixed greens with warm Chèvre, and if you haven’t tried their out-of-this-world fava bean crustini, you haven’t lived). Here’s a quick video about Asena to get you acquainted if you haven’t been.

So keep it tuned right here for all your Island holiday news and information. And Happy Holidays from The Island!

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