LOCAL BREWS Peet’s Coffee & Tea has introduced two very Berkeley-centric blends: Café Solano and Café Domingo, in honor of two of their Berkeley stores on Domingo Avenue and Solano Avenue. Café Domingo is described as a smooth, balanced and medium-bodied Latin American blend “with hints of toffee sweetness and a clean, crisp finish”. While Café Solano is “a lively and aromatic medium roast coffee. Perfectly rounded with floral notes and a subtle fruit essence”. Peet’s was, of course, founded in Berkeley in 1966, and is about to open its 9th store in the city on the corner of College Avenue and Alcatraz.
Three years ago, Marissa LaMagna started Bay Area Green Tours, a nonprofit, shoestring operation now headquartered in the David Brower Center (and largely staffed by eager, eco-conscious, unpaid interns) because she wanted to showcase the best sustainable farms and food, buildings and businesses, energy practices and employment opportunities in Berkeley and beyond.
A year ago, we suggested 10 resolutions for 2010 for Berkeley (we’ll have our 2011 resolutions tomorrow). How did our city do?
Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food, one of the symbols of new life and dynamism in Downtown Berkeley, is to close on December 31. Amanda’s opened two-and-a-half years ago at 2122 Shattuck and won praise for bringing a healthy approach to fast food. Earlier this year, Amanda West, the eponymous founder, was named woman entrepreneur of the year for her achievements. Last month, the design of the restaurant won a local design award.
Today, some choice parking spots around Berkeley were commandeered and given over to less auto-oriented pursuits: sitting, eating, lounging and drinking being the main ones.
Amanda West arrived in Berkeley just two years ago, but already she has become firmly embedded in the fabric of the city. And her achievements and positive impact have just been recognized with the designation “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in Berkeley”, awarded by the Bay Area nonprofit Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment.
Each Friday in this space food writer Sarah Henry asks a well-known, up-and-coming, or under-the-radar food aficionado about their favorite tastes in town, preferred food purveyors and other local culinary gems worth sharing.