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Blue Bottle Coffee opens in historic Oakland building

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Blue Bottle opened the doors to its splendid new space in Oakland’s historic W.C. Morse Building on Broadway Wednesday.

“Thank you for coming here and saving this building,” said a customer today to a barista before placing his order in the airy, invigorating space that is filled with light even on an overcast, rainy day. The barista had heard it before, and modestly suggested that local residents would have been happy whoever had taken over the building.

True or not, the fact that James Freeman, owner of the burgeoning Blue Bottle empire, selected this 2,000 sq ft spot for his latest launch probably ensures the place will be hopping for the foreseeable future. Such is the allure of this cult, so-called third-wave coffee company. … Continue reading »

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Modern Art Desserts: Talking with Caitlin Freeman

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Caitlin Freeman’s new book, Modern Art Desserts, is the culmination of her work making whimsical, clever, delicious treats at the Blue Bottle Café at SFMOMA. In the book, Caitlin, a self-taught baker and former owner of Miette pastry shop, details not just the creative process behind each artistic treat; she also provides engaging insights into her life and her approach to her craft.

When Berkeleyside NOSH caught up with Caitlin recently, we found her to be in a reflective mood.

Your career path and life almost feel like a series of serendipitous encounters — with people you end up becoming partners with in business, meeting your husband James Freeman at the Farmers Market, your “epiphany” about creating art desserts while at SFMOMA. Do you think you’ve been blessed in that way, or is there more of a gameplan than is apparent?

I was just thinking about this today; feeling like so much of my life has been these amazing encounters and chance events. On one hand makes me feel like kind of a loser, like maybe I haven’t worked hard to make things happen for myself. But then I realized that what I’ve done is to throw myself into projects with absolute and complete intensity and with no abandon, and then to work my tail off to execute things well. So, I guess I’ve been lucky and my world has certainly been about serendipitous encounters, but I’ve also willed my life into being what I want it to be. I guess it’s a pretty lucky combination of being in the right places at the right time and following up with my extreme Type A behavior!Continue reading »

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Trueburger, Blue Bottle to open new Oakland spots

Trueburger is opening a second Oakland location at Broadway and 41st Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Good news for North Oakland with the news that two highly regarded food names are opening new locations within a block of each other on Broadway, at 41st and 42nd streets.

Trueburger, the popular gourmet burger restaurant whose first restaurant is downtown on Grand Avenue, plans to open a new eatery at 4101 Broadway, in the old Carpet & Linoleum building.

Meanwhile, Blue Bottle Coffee is taking over the historic W.C. Morse building at 4296 Broadway, making it the cult coffee shop’s biggest café space. … Continue reading »

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Blue Bottle offers consolation to Café Fanny patrons

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There was some consolation for patrons turning up to Café Fanny this morning for breakfast only to discover it had closed down permanently yesterday: a Blue Bottle cart had set up shop in the parking lot next to Café Fanny, and no doubt the Oakland-brewed coffee was welcomed, although many are pining for the departed eatery’s beignets, bowls of café au lait and signature granola. [Hat-tip: Aaron Glimme.]

Café Fanny, which was co-owned by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame, closed abruptly … Continue reading »

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Doctor’s orders: Eat your greens says Preston Maring

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Here’s a notion that hardly seems radical: longtime Berkeley resident Dr. Preston Maring thinks physicians should prescribe healthy eating along with dispensing drugs to their patients.

Maring, Associate Physician-in-Chief at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, believes doctors should also walk the walk about the preventive health benefits of sound nutrition.

He’s so committed to the good food cause he’s willing to show other medical professionals how to mince garlic and whip up vinaigrette from scratch for … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Paul Arenstam and Charlene Reis, Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop

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Chef owners Paul Arenstam and Charlene Reis have a slow food sensibility in a take-out business better known for fast food. That’s because the culinary couple (partners in life too) come with stellar cooking credentials: She’s an-ex Chez Panisse pastry chef, he did stints at upscale L.A. joints before landing at San Francisco’s acclaimed Rubicon. A decade ago Arenstam opened his own restaurant, Belon, in the city.

But running a high-end brasserie in the Tenderloin proved untenable; when business faltered, … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Keba Konte

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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.

In 2006, Keba Konte and company took over the space on Shattuck Avenue in North Berkeley which had housed the vegetarian Smokey Joe’s Cafe for three decades, and transformed the slip of a store into the Guerilla Cafe, a nosh spot with a cool artist-activist … Continue reading »

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