Daily Archives: August 26, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 08.26.11

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to take a minute to express its gratitude to our current advertisers: Alameda Webster Street JamAmoeba Music, Axis OpticalBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCarolyn Jones at The Grubb CompanyDan SuichDowntown Berkeley AssociationEcology Center StoreEnergy Upgrade CaliforniaFocal PointGather RestaurantThe Grubb CompanyHotel Shattuck Plaza/Five RestaurantMoe’s BooksPark Day SchoolPhoto LaboratorySaint Mary’s College of CaliforniaSF Mime TroupeTelegraph BerkeleyUC Berkeley Capital ProjectsUC … Continue reading »

Local restaurants raise money for edible education

Samin Nosrat
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Potentially lost in the tsunami of stories of all things Chez Panisse this week  — see yesterday’s Berkeleyside Wire and this post today for a fraction of the coverage circulating in anticipation of the 40th anniversary celebrations that start in earnest tonight — is the fact that the weekend long festivities are, at their heart, a series of fundraisers for the newly launched Edible Schoolyard Project, a national hub designed to broaden the reach … Continue reading »

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Coming to Berkeleyside: Community Events Calendar

Berkeleyside's Events Calendar launches on September 1, but organizations are encouraged to submit their events now
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On September 1, Berkeleyside will launch the Berkeleyside Events Calendar. The calendar will, we hope, build to become a wide-ranging, comprehensive one-stop-shop for our readers to find out what’s happening where and when in Berkeley and the surrounding area — be it concerts, theater, classes, community gatherings, or fundraisers.

If this move is overdue, it’s because we have been on the hunt for excellent calendar software — we road-tested a few while we searched for something robust, flexible and easy … Continue reading »

Birdland Jazz finds a new home at Café Yesterday

Michael Parayno, Birdland founder.
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Late last year Michael Parayno, the founder of arguably the hippest garage jazz club and barbecue joint in town, was having some serious run-ins with the city — as first reported on Berkeleyside.

Parayno was operating a very popular supper club, then called the Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz, out of his Sacramento Street residential address across from North Berkeley BART. Almost 150 people commented on the three posts we wrote about his situation, the vast majority … Continue reading »

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The frenzy around Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary

A drawing of Chez Panisse by L. John Harris (He acted as busboy on opening night)
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The next few days in Berkeley will be all about Alice. You know, Alice Waters. Forty years ago, on August 28, 1971, she opened Chez Panisse in a small shingled building  on Shattuck Avenue. The inaugural dinner consisted of pate en croute, duck with olives, salad, and almond torte. The dinner was a few hours late, cobbled together by a number of well-meaning but amateur chefs, but it was good. And fresh. And it started a transformation in California cuisine … Continue reading »

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Chez Panisse chef opens butcher shop in Berkeley

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On Tuesday, Aaron and Monica Rocchino quietly opened the doors to their new business, an artisan butcher shop where the term “snout to tail” really comes into its own.

The Local Butcher Shop, in the old Red Hanger Kleaners space on Cedar Street in the Gourmet Ghetto, has already attracted dozens of curious foodies.

One-on-one customer service, offering cuts of meat hewed from whole carcasses, is the principal order of business. But providing some meat — most likely beef — to … Continue reading »

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World music comes to Telegraph at LastSundaysFest

Telegraph Avenue will be transformed into a stage for world music on Sunday
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A three block stretch of Telegraph Avenue will be transformed Sunday into an international music festival featuring live indie bands, chamber orchestras, and jazz ensembles.

It’s the third annual LastSundaysFest, Telegraph Avenue’s street party, done in a way that only Telegraph can do. The festival’s motto is “The World Comes to Telegraph.” In addition to a plethora of bands, there will be delicious street food, crafts, and offerings from the dozens of shops that line the street.

The festival … Continue reading »

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