How many fried chicken sandwiches does Bakesale Betty sell on a typical day? Maybe 900, reckons Betty, aka Alison Barakat. But if you’re vegetarian, your options at Betty’s two Oakland shops pretty much consisted egg salad, or a heap of jalapeno-spiked coleslaw alone, heaped on an Acme torpedo roll. Until about two months ago, that is.
A drizzly Monday, and Dover Street Park in North Oakland is deserted: a broad, bare lawn, circled by a perimeter that’s been given over to food plants and — starting at the park’s northeast corner, a growing chain of young fruit trees. But if two nearby residents get their way, part of Dover Street Park’s pioneering food garden will have to be uprooted, and plans for expansion will grind to a halt.
Everybody knows the indie bookstore is deader than the brick-size mobile phone, except when it’s not. Last month Berkeley institution Moe’s defied the death-to-indies meme by wrapping up an online cookbook cataloging project that lets shoppers scroll its hefty collection of rare and new titles.