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Tonight the whole foods people at Bauman College get to show off their state-of-the art kitchens with Vulcan ranges (and, presumably, their holistic culinary chops) at the grand opening of their new location on University Avenue near San Pablo.
Visitors can check out the elegant remodel–nod to local architect Charles Kahn–of the 1949 building which once housed the Mobilized Women of Berkeley. (The Mobilized Women’s Cooperative, formed in 1917 in response to World War I, was founded on the principles of service to country and community.) Recently earmarked as a landmark site due to its architectural design and historic status, the building features vaulted ceilings, concrete grid form panels, a unique u-shape design and translucent glass blocks in a diamond pattern.
Why move? The non-profit nutrition and culinary arts program, formerly housed in a rabbit warren of a building on Grayson Street in West Berkeley, simply outgrew the space, said Sitarani Brian, the culinary program director of Bauman’s Berkeley campus, which shifted to its new digs in March.
The natural chef instructor, who specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and raw cuisines, as well as macrobiotic, ayurvedic, and gluten-free diets, grew up in the suburban mid-West, one of seven kids whose parents loved all things Indian (hence Brian’s given name and her vegetarian upbringing.)
Brian, 28, has a marketing background but left corporate America to study at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City before landing a job at the fancy raw food restaurant Pure Food and Wine. Three years ago she relocated to San Francisco with her ethically omnivorous husband to open her own personal chef business. Her first client, ironically enough, was a chef who was too busy with her own catering business to fix her own food.
Brian missed working in a communal setting, so jumped at the chance to come on board as a natural chef instructor for Bauman College. We spoke yesterday on the eve of preparations for the opening. … Continue reading »
Cinnaholic, the gourmet vegan cinnamon rolls store that opened on Oxford Street in July, has struggled through the recent bout of unseasonably hot weather. The store needs sales of $600 a day to survive, but co-founder Florian Radke said some days recently have produced only $200 in sales.
In addition to the slowing sales, Radke said there have been some unexpected equipment and permit expenses.
So what’s a small business to do? Radke and his wife and co-founder … Continue reading »
Picture this: a punk-rock, pin-up style sweet-treats store that aims to break the stereotype that vegan food tastes like cardboard. That’s the concept behind Cinnaholic which will open its first store this summer in Berkeley.
Owners Shannon Michelle Radke and Florian Radke, met on an online “vegans and vegetarians” group. She fell in love with his [German] accent, he fell in love with her baking, and with a little help from friends and family, Cinnaholic was born. Berkeleyside caught … Continue reading »