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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Oakland

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Oakland, CA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Oakland’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Oakland. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Oakland, CA. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Oakland,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Oakland, CA, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Oakland, CA.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Oakland Fire Department Receives ISO Class 1 Designation

Oakland, CA — Fire Chief Reginald Freeman is proud to announce that the Oakland Fire Department has been formally approved as an ISO CLASS 1 organization, following a thorough evaluation by the Public Protection Classification Insurance Services Office.ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding which bu...

Oakland, CA — Fire Chief Reginald Freeman is proud to announce that the Oakland Fire Department has been formally approved as an ISO CLASS 1 organization, following a thorough evaluation by the Public Protection Classification Insurance Services Office.

ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding which businesses to write, coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.

“I am immensely proud of our members -- their resiliency, perseverance, professionalism, and dedication to the job is second to none,” said Fire Chief Reginald Freeman. “It is not an easy feat to earn an ISO CLASS 1 designation, and it’s even harder to maintain that status. We still have a lot of work to do to shore up opportunities to sustain success; however, we will do so by continuing to listen and learn from one another so that we remain ready to respond to the evolving needs of the community we’re honored to serve.”

By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, nationwide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. Furthermore, by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities, like Oakland, that continue to improve their firefighting services.

“This is a significant milestone which OFD and the entire city can be proud of and celebrate,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “This new top rating is a reflection of Oakland’s commitment to keeping residents and businesses safe, and I applaud the Fire Department on this important accomplishment.”

Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire suppression program doesn't meet ISO’s minimum criteria. By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services.

Currently, out of roughly 40,000 fire departments nationwide, there are 411 that hold an ISO CLASS 1 rating. Specifically, here in California, out of a total of 900 participating fire departments, only 42 have an ISO CLASS 1 rating. Key factors that contributed to the new rating were improved training, record keeping, and consistent testing of hydrants.

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A New Rooftop Hotel Bar Called High 5ive Slaps Into Oakland This Spring

A new bar and lounge alights on top of the new Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel later this spring, bringing with it a menu of local craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails from beverage and operations director Gabriel Bryant. Called High 5ive, the East Bay sky lounge will also offer a menu of “approachable American food” from executive chef Nelson Ramirez, per an email from a representative. And if you’re not particularly enthused about the idea of new hotel bar, just remember how rare it is to find a ...

A new bar and lounge alights on top of the new Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel later this spring, bringing with it a menu of local craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails from beverage and operations director Gabriel Bryant. Called High 5ive, the East Bay sky lounge will also offer a menu of “approachable American food” from executive chef Nelson Ramirez, per an email from a representative. And if you’re not particularly enthused about the idea of new hotel bar, just remember how rare it is to find a rooftop perch from which you can enjoy a good cocktail in the Bay Area: High 5ive promises an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of Uptown Oakland and the bay beyond.

A sample menu teases signature cocktails like the Tony Bennett, a smoked Manhattan; the Beautiful Ones, an aviation-style gin cocktail with a striking purple hue thanks to crème de violette and a blueberry shrub; and the spicy Solar Flare, a blood orange tequila cocktail powered by chili-infused agave and a habanero tincture. Cocktails will be served in vintage glassware that’s both “chic, understated, and photo-worthy,” a representative promises. The rest of the beverage menu encompasses draft beers — with a focus on Bay Area–made selections from names such as Almanac, Fort Point, East Brother, and Federation — and a tight list of wines by the glass.

On the food side, a list of small plates spans the usual suspects. There’s a meat and cheese board and a trio of dips (hummus, olive tapenade, and baba ganoush), as well as artichoke and spinach dip and a couple of flatbreads. On the more exhilarating end of the spectrum, look for peri peri chicken thigh skewers and carnitas tacos on corn tortillas.

By the way, the bar’s name has a bit of Bay Area history tied in. Stick with us here: per a spokesperson, the first high five happened in 1977, during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Dodgers outfielder Dusty Baker hit a home run and as he crossed home plate, Glenn Burke triumphantly lifted his hands in the air — Baker, not knowing what to do, slapped it. Burke, who was openly gay, was later traded to the A’s, where he became an icon in the gay community. He also brought his famous high five with him, and in San Francisco’s Castro district, the high five became “a defiant symbol of gay pride.”

As far as the space, it’ll be modern with sleek, low seats and a touch of greenery via hanging plants. Bold colored seating will add texture to the room — from chartreuse velvet armchairs and bar stools to natural leather banquettes and lounge seating upholstered in aubergine velvet and green. But the big draw will certainly be the outdoor terrace, which will be decked out with fire pits and lounge seating. Located at 437 25th Street in Oakland, High 5ive is expected to open in February or March.

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Inside Matt Horn’s highly-anticipated Oakland fried chicken restaurant, opening Friday

Nearly two years after Horn Barbecue’s Matt Horn announced his plans to open a second restaurant inspired by the great chicken shacks of the American South, the celebrated West Oakland chef and pitmaster is about to unveil his birds.Kowbird opens Jan. 14 at 1733 Peralta St., about half a mile from Horn Barbecue...

Nearly two years after Horn Barbecue’s Matt Horn announced his plans to open a second restaurant inspired by the great chicken shacks of the American South, the celebrated West Oakland chef and pitmaster is about to unveil his birds.

Kowbird opens Jan. 14 at 1733 Peralta St., about half a mile from Horn Barbecue, with a menu that includes four generously-sized fried chicken sandwiches, chicken with a puffed buckwheat waffle, wings and fries, chef-driven sides and desserts. The casual, diner-style restaurant, located in the former Pretty Lady digs, will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Much of the former diner’s retro vibe has been preserved, from the U-shaped 1940s countertop to the glass case filled with key lime and sweet potato pies. A few modern touches, like the pixelated murals depicting black farmers in the South, an homage to Horn’s roots, decorate the walls.

Speaking on Wednesday to a small group of food writers, Horn explained that the Peralta Street location has special meaning for him. He held his early pop-ups showcasing his Cali take on Central Texas-style brisket just a stone’s throw away.

“There’s so much history here in the community with this space that we wanted to pay tribute to that with a lot of the design elements and just create a really unique spot to be able to demonstrate our love of food,” Horn said.

Like several other Kowbird employees, chef Adam Lawrence lives in the neighborhood. He spoke about how important it was to have a thriving eatery back at the corner of 18th and Peralta. “I’ve spent almost my whole life in this neighborhood, so it’s really great for me to be able to feed people here,” Lawrence said.

Not surprisingly, the Hot Bird, a fried chicken sandwich topped with dried chiles and sweet pickles and served on a potato bun dusted with fermented chili, is already emerging as a menu standout. The other fried chicken sandwiches are the Original Southern Bird, served with pickles and a zingy “bird sauce”; the Honey Bird, finished with pickled mustard seed-honey sauce and the Early Bird, which comes topped with Southern-style gravy and a fried egg. Sandwiches are $12 each.

Kowbird offers five sides ($5 each), including a smoky fried cabbage with country bacon and an impossibly fresh chicory slaw with pumpkin seed vinaigrette and perfectly carved wheels of blood orange. Also look for steak fries, fried gizzards, and mac and cheese made with gouda, havarti and provolone cheeses and dusted with dehydrated chicken skins.

Vegans, you belong here, too. Horn’s Not A Bird ($12) is a well-seasoned fried oyster mushroom topped with cucumbers, bean “aioli” and carrot slaw, served on the same sizable potato bun. Beverages on tap include root beer and cream soda. Our favorite drink was a mix of Kowbird’s housemade sweet tea and lemonade.

Matt Horn rose to national fame for his smoked meat pop-ups, which led to the opening of Horn Barbecue in October 2020 and numerous accolades. In 2021, Horn was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in America. His third restaurant, a burger joint called Matty’s Old Fashioned, is slated to open this year. Horn’s first cookbook, “Horn Barbecue: Recipes And Techniques From A Master of The Art of Barbecue,” is due this spring. For more info, visit www.kowbird.com.

Is there a bomb threat in Oakland, California?

CHAOS occurred in downtown Oakland on January 19, 2022, after a possible pipe bomb was discovered.Authorities were seen in the downtown area near city hall conducting an investigation into the threat.Is there a bomb threat in Oakland, California?On January 19, the Oakland Police Department revealed that Clay S...

CHAOS occurred in downtown Oakland on January 19, 2022, after a possible pipe bomb was discovered.

Authorities were seen in the downtown area near city hall conducting an investigation into the threat.

Is there a bomb threat in Oakland, California?

On January 19, the Oakland Police Department revealed that Clay Street between 11th and 14th Streets was closed due to a "possible incendiary device."

The Alameda County Sheriff bomb squad was also on the scene but additional details remain unclear.

"We are working with our local and federal partners to keep the scene safe while we work the problem," the ACSO Bomb Squad tweeted.

KTVU's Henry K. Lee then reported that a man was caught "acting suspiciously," on video, adding that the bomb is potentially a pipe bomb, though that has yet to be confirmed.

"It’s got a lot of characteristics that are concerning to us," Alameda County Sheriff's Lt. Ray Kelly said during a press conference.

“We have one role here as the bomb squad and that is to render this safe in the best way possible using the best techniques."

The FBI was also brought in to help with the investigation.

What do bombs look like?

Bombs can be detonated in a number of ways, they can also be concealed in the most minimalistic packaging.

Because most bombs are homemade and can look like anything, the LAPD warns that if you get a suspicious package, you should call 911 immediately.

Officers will then respond as well as a bomb squad unit who will render it safe or dangerous.

The LAPD website states, "Approximately 22 percent involved live devices that had to be rendered safe, live devices that have already functioned, live military ordnance, or other illegal explosive devices."

What happens at buildings that have been evacuated?

Typically in the event of a threat, buildings will often be evacuated so that those inside can get out of harm's way.

Depending on the situation, authorities will then go in and do a sweep of the building to ensure that it is safe to go back in.

In the event of a bomb threat, the bomb squad unit will often set a perimeter and authorities will get civilians behind that line as they investigate the potential bomb.

COVID outbreak: Oakland homeless shelter forced to close

A COVID outbreak has forced an Oakland homeless shelter to close temporarily, leaving some people with nowhere to go as the omicron variant continues to buffet the region’s unhoused community.St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County reported 19 guests sleeping at the West Oakland shelter tested positive late last week. Nine staff members also caught the virus. The shelter has been closed since last Saturday, and won’t reopen until Monday, said Executive Director Blase Bova.The outbreak comes as a massive surge in cases...

A COVID outbreak has forced an Oakland homeless shelter to close temporarily, leaving some people with nowhere to go as the omicron variant continues to buffet the region’s unhoused community.

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County reported 19 guests sleeping at the West Oakland shelter tested positive late last week. Nine staff members also caught the virus. The shelter has been closed since last Saturday, and won’t reopen until Monday, said Executive Director Blase Bova.

The outbreak comes as a massive surge in cases, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant, is impacting everything from the Bay Area’s schools to police. Homeless shelters also have been hit hard. More than half of the 88 residents at the Division Circle Navigation Center in San Francisco were recently infected, and another 17 residents and nine staffers tested positive at San Francisco’s MSC-South Center. At least three more shelters in Santa Clara County have reported outbreaks.

The virus’ rapid spread through homeless shelters has prompted some experts to question whether dorm-style shelters, where large numbers of people eat and sleep together in close quarters, are safe in the age of COVID. But Bova says her staff has enforced strict safety protocols to protect residents. Before now, the shelter had seen just one COVID case throughout the course of the pandemic.

“I disagree that congregate shelters aren’t safe enough to operate even in a pandemic,” Bova said, “but I will admit that omicron burst our bubble and pierced our defenses.”

Representatives from Alameda County and the city of Oakland did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

St. Vincent de Paul has a capacity for 45 guests per night — down from 100 before the pandemic — and also provides free meals and a community center. The facility reported a few positive COVID tests at the beginning of January, and quickly closed its doors to new arrivals in an attempt to protect the 38 existing shelter guests who tested negative.

County medical workers performed additional tests the following week and reported 24 COVID cases, Blase said. The shelter immediately shut down to protect its guests — it also faced a staffing shortage, as some employees had to quarantine and others were too nervous to return to work. Of the guests who tested positive, 14 were sent to quarantine in hotels run by Alameda County, Blase said. A handful of guests who tested positive declined the hotel rooms, she said.

Guests who tested negative for the virus ended up with nowhere to go. Shelter capacity already is limited in Alameda County.

”Unfortunately, they were just given a blanket and told we can’t open yet you’ll have to come back and stay with us when we re-open,” Blase said.

Though there’s a huge need for shelter, Blase worries outbreaks may continue when St. Vincent de Paul re-opens on Monday. The defenses that got the organization safely through nearly two years of the pandemic — social distancing, mask-wearing and serving to-go meals instead of allowing people to eat together in the dining room — aren’t adequate defenses against Omicron.

Though vaccination rates are much lower in homeless communities than in the general public, nearly all of St. Vincent de Paul’s regular shelter guests are vaccinated, Blase said.

“I’m still a little nervous that we’re reopening Monday instead of a week or two from Monday,” she said. “But we’ll do what we have to do and we’ll keep as safe as we can and we may get more cases.”

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