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The Berkeley Wire: 01.18.13

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On NOSH: New restaurants and East Bay food news galore

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening Paul Canales’ exciting new restaurant/bodega Duende opened this week a stone’s throw from Flora; as did the Loring Café. This and more delicious food news in our weekly round-up.

Four East Bay names are finalists in the Good Food Awards A salumi maker, a spirits manufacturer, a preserves specialist and a pickle expert are all on the finalists’ roster for tonight’s Good Food Awards.

Giovanni’s last stand: Family rallies to save Berkeley restaurant Fifty-one year old Giovanni’s may be the oldest restaurant on Shattuck Avenue; now the family that founded it is fighting to save it from being shuttered. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside is hiring: Join our ad sales team

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As we hope readers have noticed, Berkeleyside continues to grow and develop. We’re now looking for an additional advertising sales executive to join our small team, to help build Berkeleyside’s business.

Advertising is the main source of Berkeleyside’s revenues. As a sales executive for Berkeleyside, you’ll play your part in forging a future for independent, local, online news.

You’ll work directly with our ad director, Wendy Cohen, building relationships with local merchants, coming up with new revenue ideas, and collaborating … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, VI

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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.comChristina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish, is the main voice behind Bites, with a little help from the staff at Berkeleyside.

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duende facebookDUENDE Definitely one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, Duende is officially open for business. Former Oliveto chef Paul Canales is serving regional Spanish cuisine in downtown Oakland, next door to Flora. Eater got a peek at the adjoining bodega with the Spanish wine and sherry expert, Gerard Maristany. There will be Verve Coffee available in the mornings and imported olive oil, along with wine organized by country. Bottles from the bodega can be opened in the restaurant with a $12 corkage fee. Domestic wines, beers and a full bar will be available in the restaurant side of Duende. Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland; 510-893-0174. Bodega: Sunday to Monday and Wednesday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Restaurant and bar: Sunday to Monday and Wednesday to Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday to Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m.

CAFFE VENEZIA Caffe Venezia, on University Avenue at Grant Street, will close before this summer after 33 years of operation in Berkeley. Owners Jeff Wizig and Roger Feuer are retiring and selling the business, the restaurant’s manager said. A new owner plans to open a restaurant in the space eventually, but the lid is on precisely what it will be. Caffe Venezia, with its charming Venice street scene interior décor — fountains, balconies and washing lines included — has been a much-loved fixture on the local dining scene for generations of Berkeley families. Caffe Venezia’s founder, John Solomon, was the inspiration behind the “How Berkeley Can You Be Parade” that marched along University once a year for 13 years, until it was canceled in 2009. Berkeleyside Nosh will have a fuller report looking at the history of the restaurant and its place in city life soon. [Hat-tip: James Carr] … Continue reading »

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Follow Up: A closer look at 3 Berkeley beatings in 1 day

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As noted Monday, there was slightly more violence than usual last Tuesday, Jan. 8. Berkeleyside said we would follow up with police for more detail about what happened.

Battery, Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue

At about 4:10 p.m., Berkeley police officers came across a large crowd that had gathered. Several pedestrians told police that there was a fight. As the officer approached, she saw the involved parties being separated. She was told the fight started when the victim got out of his vehicle and was attacked. The attacker “pushed the victim to the ground and started hitting him.” The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police arrested the attacker at the scene on suspicion of several violations, including battery and public intoxication. … Continue reading »

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Remembering Jim Clark, long-time head of UC Press

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James H. Clark, director of the University of California Press for 25 years (1977-2002), died on January 14 after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Jim Clark was born in Chicago on August 30, 1931, the son of James and Millie Clark.  He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, went to college on the G.I. Bill, and graduated from UC Berkeley.

Clark had a lengthy and distinguished career in publishing, starting in 1960 when he began his life’s work as a sales representative for Prentice Hall in Northern California. Five years later, he was promoted to editor in the company’s New Jersey office. He acquired books in anthropology, sociology, drama, music, and art prior to his subsequent appointment in 1969 as editorial director of the College Division at Harper and Row. One year later, he was named the Division’s vice president and publisher. … Continue reading »

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Wareham: Preservation of historic factory too expensive

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Four years after Wareham Development proposed transforming a historic West Berkeley warehouse into a laboratory building, the company is seeking to tear down the entire structure instead of preserving two brick walls.

Construction costs have gone up and rents have declined since the city approved Wareham’s 2009 design for 740 Heinz and it is now too expensive to build around the rickety walls, according to Chris Barlow, a partner in Wareham, which is headquartered in San Rafael. It will be much easier – and cheaper – to build a new 100,000 square foot structure, Barlow told the Zoning Adjustments Board in late September. … Continue reading »

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4 East Bay names finalists in Good Food Awards

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Four East Bay food producers are finalists in the national 2013 Good Food Awards.

West Berkeley salumi company, Fra’ Mani, run by former Oliveto chef Paul Bertolli, is a finalist in the Charcuterie category for its Salame Toscano. The Cultured Pickle Shop, owned by Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley and also in west Berkeley, made it to the finals in the Pickles category for its Japanese Cucumber and Arame Kimchee and its Kasu-Zuke Jalapeños. INNA Jam, which owner Dafna Kory recently moved from Berkeley to Emeryville, is a finalist in the Preserves category for its Pretty Spicy Fresno Chili Jam. And Alameda-based St. George Spirits, reached the final stretch in the Spirits category for its Agua Libre California Agricole Rum and its Aqua Perfecta Poire Eau de Vie.

A total of 114 winners, representing 132 products, are set to be announced tonight at a ceremony held at San Francisco’s Ferry Building presided over by Berkeley restaurateur and sustainable food champion Alice Waters. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley producers are finalists in Good Food Awards

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Update, 01.21.13: All four East Bay finalists went on to be winners in the 2013 Good Food Awards which were announced on the evening of Jan. 19 at a reception at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. See the full list of winners.

Original story: Four East Bay companies are finalists in the national 2013 Good Food Awards, three of whom were founded in Berkeley.

West Berkeley salumi company, Fra’ Mani, run by former Oliveto chef Paul Bertolli, is a finalist in the Charcuterie category for its Salame Toscano. The Cultured Pickle Shop, owned by Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley and also in west Berkeley, made it to the finals in the Pickles category for its Japanese Cucumber and Arame Kimchee and its Kasu-Zuke Jalapeños. INNA Jam, which owner Dafna Kory recently moved from Berkeley to Emeryville, is a finalist in the Preserves category for its Pretty Spicy Fresno Chili Jam. And Alameda-based St. George Spirits, reached the final stretch in the Spirits category for its Agua Libre California Agricole Rum and its Aqua Perfecta Poire Eau de Vie. … Continue reading »