Flora's Book Club Reads, Eats, and Meets Again

Oysters flambé are part of a four-course meal inspired by Glen David Gold's novel Carter Beats the Devil.


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Oakland's Flora restaurant will host the second meeting of its popular new book club tomorrow, June 26.

This month's featured volume is Carter Beats the Devil, a historical novel based on real-life stage magician Charles Carter — nicknamed "Carter the Great" — by former East Bay novelist Glen David Gold. 

Attendees can start the evening at 6 p.m. by enjoying an Original Carter Beats the Devil cocktail — made with arette reposado tequila, mezcal, lime, agave, and chili tincture — before moving on to a Carter- and magic-themed four-course meal designed by executive chef Rebecca Boice.

Its courses include oysters flambé; the Palace Hotel's green goddess salad; "Rabbit in a Hat" house-made cappelletti filled with Devil's Gulch Ranch rabbit ragu and "disappearing carrot sauce"; and gunpowder-tea ice cream in a chocolate "magic shell." 

Born in 1874, Charles Carter debuted onstage at age 10 as "the Original Boy Magician." Later becoming world-renowned for grandiose tricks such as "sawing women in half" and making live elephants "disappear," he lived for a while in San Francisco's tony Seacliff neighborhood. 

Gold is a former East Bay Express contributor. Film rights to the book critically acclaimed book were purchased in 2002 by Paramount with Tom Cruise pegged as its producer and star, but the movie has not yet been made. 

Tickets are $65. Seats are limited, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 510-286-0100.

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