Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kitchen on Fire Launches West Berkeley Location

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Every few months I stumble on a photo of the wacky owners of the Kitchen on Fire cooking school in Berkeley, mugging with ludicrously oversized knives or sticking weird objects in their mouths. Positioning themselves as bad-boy outsiders of the culinary community, they’re about as edgy as a mash-up of Guy Fieri and Penn and Teller. The taglines write themselves: They’re crazy….about cooking!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

People's Grocery Goes Solar

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

While People’s Grocery in West Oakland fights to attain economic sustainability, the food justice nonprofit made a different type of sustainable leap last week: solar panels were installed on the roof to provide 100% of their electricity.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hitting Pay Dirt at Double D BBQ

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

If you recall, I’ve spent the last few months unsuccessfully courting Double D BBQ. The elusive dive with the storied reputation was always closed when I stopped by; they never responded to multiple voicemails and emails; and owner/chef Duane Orr wouldn’t react to my obvious attempts to smoke him (barbecue pun) out of seclusion. I was dying to try the legendary brisket and links, but my dignity was suffering.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tina Tamale Buys Guerrilla Grub Cart

by Jesse Hirsch
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

After Elizabeth August gave up mobile food in disgust (check out her impassioned response to the 21Web closure) in early December, her Guerrilla Grub cart went on Craigslist. Don't worry everybody: it's staying in the East Bay.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oakland Restaurant Week Starts Friday

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It’s that magical time of year when cheapskates and dapper diners become as one. From January 20-29, many of Oakland’s ritzier dining destinations will offer three-course lunch menus for $20 or three-course dinners for $30 or $40. The participant list is heavy on tourist-driven and hotel restaurants, but I’d bypass the Marriott in favor of sure bets like Camino, Hibiscus, and Picán. A full list of restaurants can be found here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Calling All Food Startups

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

This weekend’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco was packed with success stories that would make Horatio Alger beam with pride. Take Hodo Soy Beanery, started in 2004 by a Vietnamese transplant who left a day job in finance to create artisanal soy goods. This wildly successful tofu operation now maintains a twelve-thousand-square-foot production facility in Oakland and just last week started selling its products through Costco. Or there’s Back to the Roots, a two-year-old startup that recycles used coffee grounds to grow mushrooms. Created by two UC Berkeley students with no food background, Back to the Roots has gained the vocal backing of Alice Waters and rescued millions of pounds of grounds from landfills, and is sold at Whole Foods stores across the country.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Berkeley Hosts “Occupy Your Plate” Conference

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Dozens of progressive students from across North America converged on Berkeley this weekend, bearing cardboard name badges, vegan recipes, and bright-eyed ideas about how to shake up their college food-supply systems. With a rallying cry of “Occupy Your Plate!” the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive hosted a boot camp to help students create their own on-campus co-ops.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Cafe Gratitude "Resolves" Legal Issues

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Was Cafe Gratitude too big to fail? Today the Bay Citizen brings word that all of the cafe's legal troubles are "resolved." Some of the NorCal locations will remain open, though they are not disclosing which ones, or the nature of the settlement.

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Oakland Shuts Down Yet Another Food Truck Event, Fines Landowner

by Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Despite operating on a private lot, a small rotating food truck market at 21st Street and Webster was shut down last week by the City of Oakland. A $2,000 fine was levied on Hisuk Dong, owner of the event’s vacant lot space (he also owns nearby Mua).

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