Meet-Ups & Meals

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

Wine Tasting with Stu Smith ’70

10/16/20 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Taste chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and riesling while having a conversation via Zoom with Cal alum and vintner Stu Smith, who has been on the Napa Valley wine scene for almost 50 years. Smith-Madrone is a small producer of estate-grown grapes and artisanal wines and has an international reputation for beautifully crafted wines. Its riesling is recognized as one of the top-20 dry rieslings in the world.

Speaker(s): 
Stu Smith ’70
Founder, General Partner, Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery


Smith played football and rugby at Cal and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at Cal, Smith realized he liked wine more than beer and became an intercampus exchange student, taking the introductory winegrowing class at UC Davis. That led him to graduate school there, studying viticulture and enology, and he became the department’s first teacher’s assistant. In 1971, Smith founded Smith-Madrone with his brother, clearing the land, planting the vineyard, and building the winery located at the top of Spring Mountain just west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. In the early years of establishing the winery, Smith taught enology and viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley Community College. He was chair of the 1986 Napa Valley Wine Auction and co-chaired the 2005 auction. Today, Smith is respected for his expertise and leadership as a mountain winegrower.

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Bear Affair Tailgate Potluck

10/17/20 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.  

Since we can’t gather in person, let’s get together virtually. Whip up your favorite game-day fare, share your best foodtography, and swap tailgate recipes — a virtual potluck! Include #CalHC in your social media posts.

Do you live in the Bay Area but don’t want to cook?

Support some of these loyal campus caterers and have a meal or refreshments delivered.

ACT Catering and Event Production

Celebrate your Homecoming with one of the tailgate menus from ACT Catering!
  • Place your ORDERS NOW! — Please visit our online store.
    • All food will be cooked to enjoy at room temperature or can be reheated. ACT Catering will provide reheating instructions.
    • We are proud to let you know all that all of our packaging is plant-based and therefore zero waste.
    • Deliveries are contactless and safe.
  • Order/Cutoff dates
    • Orders can be done online or by phone at 510.654.0148. Orders must be received by Friday, October 16 by 5 p.m.
    • Delivery will be free of charge and available Saturday, October 17, 8:30 a.m.–noon within 25-mile radius.

Go Bears! Fiat Lux!

Grace Street Catering

Visit Grace Street Catering for more information.

Homecoming at Home!

Berkeley is always in our heart, and even though we can’t get together with Oski and sing “Fight for California” we can still tailgate and celebrate. Order a Homecoming Tailgate Kit from Grace Street Catering. There are a few options to satisfy your Berkeley cravings, Monkey Head anyone? Plus a few more refined offerings. Go Bears!

Slippery Fish Catering & Events

Visit Slippery Fish Catering & Events for more information.

Whether you want to make or simply plate your unforgettable meal, we have a variety of food offerings that’ll be the perfect kick-off for your 2020 Homecoming!

  • For something simple but refined, we have a Charcuterie Platter with our chef’s hand-picked artisan cheeses, high-quality cured meats with fresh Acme bread, apricot jam and more; perfect to pair with your favorite wine.
  • For the meat lovers, our Barbeque Kits will satisfy your craving! We offer two different kits for your specific tastes, such as our tender Tri-Tip in Chimichurri Marinade with potato salad, corn in a husk and more, and our flavorful Marinated Korean Kalbi Short Ribs with your favorite Korean sides such as chapchae noodles and kimchi.
  • Like seafood? Our easy-to-heat Paella Take-N-Bake is stocked with a variety of fresh seafood like Monterey calamari, clams, mussels and more, as well as seasoned meats over botan rice. Such refined flavors with zero effort - all you have to do is put it on a plate!
  • Lastly, we’re offering our popular Shogun Sushi Platter, featuring a variety of nigiri and sushi rolls made with our fresh, outsourced fish.
  • Food isn’t the only item that we’re offering! Liven up your “Homecoming” with a beautiful flower arrangement, arranged by our marvelous florist.

We look forward to catering a menu for the Cal Bears of 2020–2021!

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Cal and Craft: Calicraft on Beer, Beverages, and Innovation

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

Calicraft’s founder and CEO Blaine Landberg ’01 and brand director and brewmaster Thomas Vo talk beers, beverages, and innovation. From humble beginnings of clandestine homebrewing to presenting new beverage categories at the biggest beer festival in the world, Landberg and Vo will discuss the process of taking a passion and turning it into a business. Order a Brewer’s Select mixed pack, available for local pickup or home delivery! This mixed six pack has our newest innovation and features everything from lager to IPA to Spritzers. These beers help to illustrate the history of Calicraft as well as the future of the company.

Speaker(s): 
Blaine Landberg ’01
Founder and CEO, Calicraft


Landberg is founder and CEO of Calicraft. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Landberg started his career at Honest Tea, building the brand from the ground up to an eventual acquisition by Coca-Cola. With 21 years of beverage industry experience, Landberg founded Calicraft,an innovative adult beverage company focusing on beer first. Landberg currently resides in Walnut Creek, California.

Thomas Vo
Brand Director and Brewmaster, Calicraft


Vo is brand director and brewmaster of Calicraft. After a year-long stint at UC Berkeley as a research assistant and lab manager, Vo left Cal and started the research and development division at Calicraft. Vo is a marketing and product professional who is developing disruptive products with a modern perspective. He holds an M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and currently resides in Concord, California.

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CAA’s Berkelium 5K

Join us for our inaugural Berkelium 5K Run/Walk. Although we will be participating on our own, together we can show our Cal spirit in this new event that supports the Cal Alumni Association’s programs for alums. This event is free. But with a $30 gift, you will receive a Cal swag bag and be entered to win prizes from our sponsors (including Sennheiser headphones, gift cards to Berkeley restaurants, and much more). Enter our two photo contests for “Most Cal-Spirited Run” and “Most Scenic Run” to win a BMW from Weatherford BMW for the weekend or a one-night stay at the Claremont Hotel. Please register in advance through the Cal Alumni Association starting September 1.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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UC Berkeley Spotify Playlists

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Take a listen down memory lane with Spotify playlists curated by notable alums and the milestone reunion committees of the reunion years 1970, 1995, and 2010.

Tune in at http://bit.ly/CalOnSpotify.

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Friday Social Media Contests

10/16/20 9 a.m.8 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Share a photo or video of your favorite Cal tradition on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • A random post will be selected as the winner.
  • Submit an entry to our “Caption This” contest on the UC Berkeley Facebook page between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific time. The caption with the most likes wins!
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Virtual Homecoming Headquarters

10/16/20 9 a.m.7 p.m.  
10/17/20 8 a.m.4 p.m.  
10/18/20 9 a.m.4 p.m.  

Have questions? Need tech support? This is the place! Pop in and plan each day with the help of Cal staff and students.

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Cal Parents Drop-in

10/16/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 11 a.m.12 p.m.  

Stop by and ask Cal Parents staff members questions. David Ortega, director of parent services and communications, will be available during this time.

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Homecoming Connect

10/16/20 4 p.m.6 p.m.  

Homecoming Connect is an inaugural networking event for students and alums from classes of 2015 through 2020. We’ll kick things off with a webinar from 4 to 5 p.m., featuring a panel of alums who’ve gone on to win Emmys, build their own brands, and more! After the webinar, attend one of three networking Zoom sessions from 5 to 6 p.m., in which you will have the chance to connect with more alums as they discuss career tips and post-grad life. See the topics and featured alums for each session.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Student Philanthropy, The Career Center, Cal Athletics, Haas School of Business, Rausser College of Natural Resources
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Ehrman Hall Reunion (Class of 1995)

10/16/20 7 p.m.8 p.m.  

Celebrate a reunion with classmates who lived in Ehrman Hall and graduated in 1995! This is a special event just for those from the Class of 1995 who resided in this particular residence hall.

Sponsored by: 
Steve Calandrillo ’95
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Berkeley Club of the Philippines Reunion @ Homecoming

10/16/20 8 p.m.9 p.m.  

In celebration of Homecoming, join us for our first virtual Berkeley Club of the Philippines reunion in which a panel of distinguished alums will share insights on various industry sectors in the Philippines specifically, including banking, business process outsourcing, economics, entrepreneurship, healthcare, insurance, and real estate. Additionally, Henry Wang ’21 will share his perspective on current campus life at Berkeley. After the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and network.  Please note this event takes place Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m.– noon Philippine Time.

Speaker(s): 
Ernesto Pernia Ph.D. ’76
Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman

Read more about Ernesto.

Eduardo Olbes ’92
Chief Financial Officer, Security Bank Corporation

Read more about Eduardo.

Lourdes Tejero M.S. ’18
Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, University of the Philippines Manila

Read more about Lourdes.

Rick Santos ’89
Chairman and CEO, Santos Knight Frank

Read more about Rick.

Paul Rivera ’04
Co-founder and CEO, Kalibrr

Read more about Paul.

Elita Joy Quicho LL.M. ’18
Partner, Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako

Read more about Elita Joy.

Sponsored by: 
Berkeley Club of the Philippines
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Saturday Social Media Contests

10/17/20 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 12 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon
    • Share a photo or video of you in Cal gear on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • The most creative post wins.
  • Saturday, noon–3:30 p.m.
    • Fill in the sentence: “I love Cal because ___.” and post with a favorite Cal photo or video on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • The most inspirational post wins.
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Sharing Wisdom Across Generations

10/17/20 9:30 a.m.3 p.m.  

This is an annual event in which Chicanx Latinx alums and students share stories and wisdom from their own academic and professional journeys. Workshops led by alums are organized by profession and industry for current students.

Join this event at http://tinyurl.com/SharingWisdom2020

Speaker(s): 
David Hayes-Bautista ’70
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA


Hayes-Bautista’s research into Latino health and culture, including the Latino Epidemiological Paradox and Latinos’ historical presence in the United States has led him to study the links between culture, behavior, and health as detailed in his books, including El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition (University of California Press, 2012) and La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post Millennials (University of California Press, 2017). Hayes-Bautista writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and La Opinión and is often asked to provide opinions on radio and television in both Spanish and English.

Sponsored by: 
Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office and the UC Berkeley Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association
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CAA Scavenger Hunt for Kids

10/17/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Calling all kids aged 5 to 11! Join Lair of the Golden Bear staffers for a Zoom scavenger hunt! Be ready to find treasures around your home and bring them back to share with everyone on Zoom. Some adult supervision is needed for younger children. This event is free.

Register and join the event at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f4eqXZHgXnts1SJf3ohnvGmZJh-Y8uYN7OAMdqROSmM/.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Preteen/Teen Quiplash with Lair of the Golden Bear Staffers

10/17/20 4 p.m.5 p.m.  

Hey preteens and teens! Join Lair of the Golden Bear staffers for a game of Quiplash! Quiplash is the hilarious online game of wits. Use your smartphone to answer funny prompts like, “something you’d be surprised to see a donkey do” or “the best way to impress an alien from Mars.” And then vote on the best answer. If you haven’t played before, don’t worry — we’ll go over the rules! This event is free to all preteens and teens. 

Register here to get the Zoom link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1USpSvI3_ghgTNTK3j45FJkGYUyihRCUw3ccokaA0Fo4/viewform?edit_requested=true. 

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Wine Tasting with Chef John Thiel

10/17/20 5 p.m.5:45 p.m.  

Join the Cal Alumni Association for a virtual wine tasting with John Thiel, owner and executive chef at Pappo Restaurant in Alameda, California. Registration for this event is free. Those who would like to taste along with Thiel can purchase the wines in advance. 

Join here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-alumni-association-virtual-wine-tasting-2020-tickets-117605165215

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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Sunday Social Media Contests

10/18/20 9 a.m.4 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Fill in the sentence: “I’ll always remember (insert class or professor) ___ because I learned ___.” and post with a favorite Cal photo or video. Share it on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
  • Tag #CalHC in your post.
  • The most memorable post wins.
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Peet’s Virtual Coffee Tasting

10/18/20 10 a.m.11 a.m.  

Wake up and smell the Peet’s coffee! Join the Lair of the Golden Bear and the Cal Alumni Association at a virtual interactive coffee tasting. Jon Spevack and Emily Bollinger of Peet’s Coffee will share how buyers taste-test coffees, source beans, and how to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home. Ask them your coffee questions, too!

Join the event by registering here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14-QUYdRyb3xRvQ6C9gK8x7LzeQN3NkIykeytqPqCABU/viewform?gxids=7757&edit_requested=true

Sponsored by: 
Cal Alumni Association
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International House Virtual Global Homecoming

10/18/20 1 p.m.2:15 p.m.  

We invite you to celebrate International House’s first-ever Virtual Global Homecoming! Although we cannot gather in person this year, we are looking forward to new twists on our time-honored tradition. I-House Executive Director Shaun Carver will kick off the festivities with opening remarks and Q&A. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. 

Join the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-house-global-homecoming-2020-registration-124195846119.

Sponsored by: 
International House
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