Emin Tekin, owner of Berkeley's new restaurant, Kobani, is proud to call his cuisine Kurdish. When you hear his story, you'll know why.
The journey to Vanessa's Bistro was a long one, but Vanessa Dang and daughter Vi Nguyen have created a winning neighborhood restaurant.
With her restaurant, shop and blended spice sourcing initiative, Café Colucci owner Fetlework Tefferi is burning the flame for Ethiopian cuisine.
The Ayyad family, owners of the much-loved Zaki Kabob House, are looking to the community in the hope they can hang on to their Albany building.
At Zatar in Berkeley, Waiel and Kelly Majid serve eclectic Mediterranean dishes that incorporate fruit and vegetables from their own gardens.
Ryoji Arakaki worked the fish counter at Berkeley Bowl and at Yoshi's before opening his own highly regarded neighborhood restaurant.
For more than 3,000 years, people have been leaping over fires to bid farewell to winter, burn away negativity and welcome with an open heart the New Year that begins on the first day of Spring. The ancient festival of fire, called Chahar Shanbeh Suri, has its roots in Zoroastrianism and is a warm-up to Nowruz, or Persian New Year. Crossing religious and national boundaries, it is observed across the globe by Persian Jews, Christians, Baha’is and Muslims.
Sunhui Chang "fell in love" when he first tasted green mango pickles. At FuseBOX, his pickles and new take on Korean cooking are drawing rave notices.
Raj Raj, owner of Café Raj, lived in France, and he has incorporated elements of French cooking into the menu at his popular Albany restaurant.
Pomegranates and watermelon, as well as a hearty bean and noodle soup, are part of the Persian community's Yalda celebrations this week.
Last week saw the end of the 15-week Edible Education class at UC Berkeley orchestrated by Michael Pollan. Anna Mindess found the storytelling focus to be the most powerful ingredient in the mix.
Noriko Taniguchi's under-the-radar Berkeley restaurant serves the food Japanese mothers put a lot of effort into cooking to nourish their children.