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Bites: What’s new on the East Bay food scene, XIV

Tractor stools at Sweet leaf
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Bites is Berkeleyside Nosh’s round-up of restaurant, bar and food-related news in the East Bay. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. To stay up-to-speed with all that’s going on locally, read our daily Nosh Wire, and check out previous editions of Bites. We always love receiving food-related tips at nosh@berkeleyside.com.

Coming soon…

Venezia-Dining-Room-1024x768MONARCH TRADING CO. Joel DiGiorgio plans to open a “Californian crafthouse” restaurant serving pizza, salads, and lots of California-centric wines and beers in the Caffe Venezia space at 1799 University Ave. in Berkeley. DiGiorgio, who was born and raised in Berkeley and comes from a restaurant background, tells Berkeleyside Nosh that his family are close friends of Caffe Venezia’s owners and he’s thrilled to be taking over the place. He says he has lots of exciting plans for Monarch Trading Co. which he hopes will be open by this summer. More details to follow. Meanwhile, Caffe Venezia will hold a “Farewell Venezia Opera Night” with stars of the West Edge Opera on Tuesday, April 9, $15 per person cover charge, classic Venezia menu. Call for reservations 510-849-4681.Continue reading »

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Out of the Artisan Box, into the pan at pop-up dinner

Peter Jackson - Jerk n Pickle Jalapeno Beef Jerky -  Chicory Salad, Winter Citrus, Roasted Almonds, Soy-Balsamic Reduction
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By Michael Davidson

While the debate over the future viability of the pop-up model rumbles on in the food media, Maricela Yee, founder and owner of Little Shop Artisan Box, is not letting that stop her from entering the foray with her first-ever pop-up dinner.

Little Shop Artisan Box offers monthly gourmet foodie boxes that showcase Bay Area artisans, and the dinner was held on Friday Jan. 25 at the recently opened Sound Room in downtown Oakland. Each of Maricela’s pop-ups has a different theme and uses tasty local treats that Maricela sells in her Little Shop Artisan Box to make a five-course meal that highlights one product with each course. Talented Chef Peter Jackson runs the kitchen.

Chef Jackson is no an old hand at the underground food scene as he hosts many dinners with his  Canvas Underground dining group. The concept is similar to another local pop-up called Behind the Cart, where each course highlights a local food vendor and his cooking expertise. … Continue reading »

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The humble grilled cheese sandwich takes center stage

GrilledCheesGuy's take on an American classic.
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Michael Davidson, 29, is a man with many skills: a scientist by day, he’s the guru of the grilled cheese sandwich by night — and on weekends too.

Davidson works in medical diagnostic development, he’s currently gathering data on women’s health for research studies for his employer, the pharmaceutical giant Roche. Away from his 9 to 5 job he morphs into the GrilledCheezGuy, cooking up his version of that classic American comfort food from a mobile cart, for which he’s … Continue reading »

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