Tag Archives: East Bay dining

Mark Bittman joins Purple Carrot, Josephine board

UC Berkeley's Philip Stark (left), Mark Bittman and UC Berkeley's Tom Carlson foraging in West Oakland.  Photo: University of California
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The news broke Monday morning that cookbook author and former New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, who recently relocated to Berkeley, is joining the Boston-based meal kit company The Purple Carrot as its chief innovation officer.

Bittman also has his hands in the East Bay start-up scene, however. As of today, Bittman has joined the board of Oakland-based Josephine, the self-described “Etsy for food” that connects enterprising home cooks to hungry eaters around the East Bay and San Francisco. Bittman has been a friend of the Josephine founders since moving to the Bay Area in early 2015. … Continue reading »

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Oakland’s Bay Wolf restaurant closing after 40 years

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Bay Wolf, a destination restaurant in the East Bay for four decades, will close its doors for good on Sunday Aug. 30.

“It’s time,” said co-owner Michael Wild on Wednesday. “This was my life. It was everything, but when you’ve run a restaurant for 40 years, it’s time,” he said.

Wild, 75, opened the warm, wood-paneled restaurant in a Craftsman house on Piedmont Avenue with partners Michael Phelps, and Larry Goldman, also 75, on Sept. 21, 1975, three years after Chez Panisse opened in Berkeley. Like Alice Waters’ celebrated, and similarly styled, restaurant, Bay Wolf was known from the start for its locally sourced, seasonal menu.

“We did that together,” said Wild. “Focusing on local food was a given, given where we live.” The restaurateurs always aimed to source their food from within 100 miles, apart from the few times, “in the dead of winter,” when they’ve had to venture a little further. … Continue reading »

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The Half Orange: A great new destination in Fruitvale

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If you want some of the East Bay’s most authentic and tasty Mexican food, the Fruitvale neighborhood is the place to go. But for a burger, or sausages and a craft beer? Not so much. With so many other options, Fruitvale isn’t exactly on people’s minds as a destination for those things. Jay Porter hopes to change that.

Porter, who, with his wife Katie Mayfield, are San Diego transplants, has recently opened The Half Orange, a casual farm-to-table, craft-beer restaurant in the Fruitvale Village transit plaza. (The name refers to an expression for “My better half” in Spanish.)

Porter is a native San Diegan, who attended Cal. Long in the restaurant business – they owned The Linkery in San Diego – the couple moved here to be part of the exploding Oakland dining scene. When they arrived, they weren’t sure which neighborhood to settle in, until they spent time in Fruitvale. … Continue reading »

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Off The Grid hosts new Emeryville food truck market

Emeryville Public Market where a new Off The Grid food truck market will launch on Aug. 23. Photo:  Public Market Emeryville
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Off the Grid is launching a new lunchtime market on Saturdays at Emeryville Public Market at 5959 Shellmound St. The first gathering will take place on Saturday Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot near the Public Market’s main entrance.

It’s the second Emeryville location for Off The Grid. A selection of food trucks congregates on Haven Street and Park Avenue on Wednesdays from 11-2pm.

Off the Grid: Public Market Emeryville will offer eight rotating trucks including: Vietnamese specialist Little Green Cyclo, Indian street food purveyor Curry Up Now, Lobsta Truck, We Sushi, Mayo and Mustard, which offers deli sandwiches, German food spot Little Red Riding Truck, falafel and shawarma truck Sajj, Cluck it Up which serves chicken wings, empanada place El Poretno, Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken, and sweet treat spot Garden Creamery. … Continue reading »

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Burmese deliciousness at Rangoon Super Stars

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Most of us in the East Bay have a Burma Superstar story. Usually: a long wait, followed by a good or even memorable meal in a crowded dining room. A first taste of tea leaf salad. An exploration of flavors and textures surprising to a palate primed for sweet Thai dishes or numbing Sichuan flavor. But Burma Superstar is no longer the only game in town. Back in September, U Win Aye, the former executive chef of Rangoon Ruby and Burma Superstar, opened his first restaurant on a stark block of Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Called what seems to be a portmanteau of his previous gigs, Rangoon Super Stars, the friendly restaurant is a fine antidote to all of those lines further down the road. … Continue reading »

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Where to eat out in the East Bay on New Year’s Eve

The East Bay has many spots to celebrate on New Year's Eve. Photo: Dani_vr
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These East Bay restaurants still have seats available for New Year’s Eve. Leave a comment below if you have other suggestions. Diners: You’ll definitely want to call ahead to confirm availability. … Continue reading »

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