Renowned Oakland restaurant will host a benefit evening featuring multi-course dinner and live performance by GRAMMY® award-winning male chorus as part of its Oliveto Commons event series



March 31, 2015 – Oakland, Calif. – Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe is taking advantage of its recent renovation featuring Meyer Sound’s Constellation and Libra sound systems to host a special benefit dinner and live performance by Chanticleer, the GRAMMY® award-winning male chorus renowned as “an orchestra of voices.” Epitomizing the intersection of culture, food, and science, the evening offers an opportunity to demonstrate and appreciate the capabilities of the innovative sound system with an internationally lauded choral ensemble.


For 37 years, the 12-member Chanticleer has performed in exceptional acoustical spaces. The evening at Oliveto represents the group’s vision of the future that includes utilizing appropriate alternative spaces that embrace modern technology.


The Oliveto concert is a retrospective that looks to the future, highlighting selections from the Chanticleer repertoire that have been performed in various traditional acoustical spaces worldwide, from cathedrals to symphony halls. Pieces will be performed utilizing different acoustical settings in the Constellation system to replicate the acoustics of the spaces in which Chanticleer normally sings.


This evening marks another step in the development of Oliveto Commons, a series of lectures, classes, workshops, discussions, and performances designed to explore the restaurant’s relationship with the community. Driving Co-owners Bob and Maggie Klein’s decision to launch the Commons was their desire to create an environment that showcases not only exceptional food, wine and cocktails, but one that nurtures a relationship-based approach to celebrating, exploring, and questioning food to connect more deeply with the agricultural community as well as the local community at large. Though the Commons focuses primarily on agriculture, food systems and education, the Chanticleer benefit affords Oliveto another opportunity to connect with the community.


“A great restaurant should offer more than just extraordinary food: it should be a setting that is all about connecting the community,” said Bob Klein.


The one-night only event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, and includes a 4-course dinner by Oliveto Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel and a 30-minute performance by Chanticleer. Tickets are $250 per person, exclusive of beverage, tax and service charges. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chanticleer’s ongoing award-winning education program, which includes 30 East Bay schools. Tickets may be purchased directly through Chanticleer’s website at


About Chanticleer


Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.


Now in its 37th season, Chanticleer has been recognized by numerous awards including:  multiple Grammy’s®, Musical America Ensemble of the Year, Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award and induction in to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.


About Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe


Oliveto is a renowned restaurant and cafe in the heart of the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, serving innovative, Italian- and northern Mediterranean-influenced California cuisine. Founded by Bob and Maggie Klein in 1986 with the simple intention to bring the distinctive flavors of the northern Mediterranean to California, Oliveto has been a Bay Area leader in sourcing the best seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients through a network of passionate purveyors, and was an original restaurant pioneer of the whole animal movement for the region. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel, Oliveto offers house-cured salumi, handmade pastas created with specially milled Community Grains flours, and unique heirloom tomatoes grown specifically for Oliveto’s kitchen. Since Chef Rhodehamel’s arrival in 2010, Oliveto’s special dinners, like the Tomato, Truffle, Oceanic, and Whole Hog dinners, have taken on new character and elevated quality.


In November 2014, Oliveto partnered with Berkeley-based Meyer Sound to create a high-tech, multi-sensory experience that was the centerpiece of the restaurant’s first major renovation in 18 years, utilizing both passive and active acoustic sound technology treatments to create an impeccable listening environment. With both the 104-seat upstairs dining room which offers exquisitely prepared food in a fine-dining atmosphere, as well as the warm and busting 36-seat café downstairs, Oliveto is at once a special occasion destination and a neighborhood spot that appeals to a local, sophisticated, and well-traveled Bay Area audience.


Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe is located at 5655 College Ave., Oakland. The upstairs restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the cafe downstairs offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily. For reservations in the restaurant, please visit OpenTable or call 510-547-5356.