Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Study: Overhaul School Lunch in Oakland

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

School lunch reform is a hot-button national topic, with reformers like Michelle Obama and Alice Waters counterbalanced by budget cuts and Big Food lobbyists (the gang that successfully convinced the USDA a thimbleful of pizza sauce is a vegetable). Amidst all the sturm und drang, a comprehensive local study of the Oakland Unified School District’s lunch program was recently released, and it concluded that it’s in dire need of an overhaul.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Cafe Intermezzo, Raleigh's Plan to Re-Open...in Tents

by Jesse Hirsch
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

After a massive Telegraph Ave. fire destroyed Cafe Intermezzo and Raleigh's, many feared the worst. But Oakland architect Kirk Peterson unveiled some grabby plans this week to open a tent-and-trailer version of both restaurants, potentially for the next two to three years.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Fusebox Opens Soon in West Oakland, Blue Bottle Hits New York, Purple Plum Chef at Picán

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, a weekly roundup of restaurant openings, chef arrivals and departures, and other nuggets of gossip from the East Bay dining scene.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jack London Square Market Remains Stalled

by Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Long presumed dead in the water, plans for the Jack London Square Market resurfaced last week with an announcement in the San Francisco Business Times that the market’s focus would switch from food retail to manufacturing. As it turns out, it’s mostly a semantic shift.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Alameda Gives Green Light to Mobile Food

by Jesse Hirsch
Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Last week the city of Alameda quietly passed one of the Bay’s most permissive mobile food ordinances, opening up virtually every city street to food trucks. Almost the only restrictions are a ban on parking 25 feet from crosswalks, 50 feet from driveways, or on the same block as elementary or middle schools while in session. Five off-street locations are also approved: Alameda Point, the College of Alameda, South Shore Shopping Center, Harbor Bay Business Park, and Marina Village Business Park.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mid-Week Menu: Chef Departures at Picán and Hibiscus, New Organic in Oakland and Alameda, Gratitude Closure News

by Jesse Hirsch
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, a weekly roundup of restaurant openings, chef arrivals and departures, and other nuggets of gossip from the East Bay dining scene.

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