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Jered’s Pottery expands to Richmond, adds new line

Jered Nelson throws a bowl in his new Richmond pottery studio. Photo: Kathleen Costanza
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At the September grand opening of the new Jered’s Pottery studio in Richmond, visitors perused the shelves of unfinished mugs, bowls, and plates, snacked on cookies baked in the kiln, and listened to live blues.

At the potter’s wheel giving demos was Jered Nelson, founder of Jered’s Pottery, until recently based in Berkeley, and a local artist whose work you may have eaten off of in some of the Bay Area’s favorite restaurants.

As a potter who makes custom dinnerware for a list of chefs that includes Michael Mina, Spoonbar’s Louis Maldonado, Rich Table’s Evan and Sarah Rich, and Standard Fare’s Kelsie Kerr, Nelson’s new studio and new dinnerware line is giving any cook (or eater) the chance to dine off the same plates used at top restaurants. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Nico’s Hideaway, Half Orange beer garden

The new Fruitvale Beer Garden at The Half Orange. Photo courtesy: Jay Porter
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THE HALF ORANGE NOW HAS A BEER GARDEN Fruitvale’s sausage-hamburger-beer joint has now become a little more beer-centric. The Half Orange just finished expanding its patio to include a “proper” beer garden, owner Jay Porter told NOSH in an email. He’s calling the expansion the “Fruitvale Beer Garden at The Half Orange,” in homage to the many beer gardens that used to populate the neighborhood. It should be a good spot — Porter has added 40 seats and a big screen TV, expanded the draft system to 13 taps, and is rolling out new dinner specials like pulled pork chili and a “catch of the day” fish filet. Once temperatures cool back down, Porter will also be installing heaters. The Half Orange is celebrating the expansion with a grand opening party next Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. All beers that day will be $4.95. The full menu will also be available. The Half Orange is at 3340 E. 12th St. (at E. 33rd Street), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Twitter.Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Nature's Express has closed. Photo: Nature's Express
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VANISHING ACT FOR NATURE’S EXPRESS The vegan eatery Nature’s Express, which has been in flux for two and a half years, has moved out of its location at 1823 Solano Ave. but is promising to return “close by” soon, according to its Facebook page. The store’s last day was July 16. In December 2013, longtime owner Carl Myers announced he was shuttering the healthy fast-food joint. But an outpouring of support let Myers keep the store open. The restaurant still struggled, losing $10,000 to $28,000 a month, and Myers shut it unexpectedly in July 2014. A new management team bought the business and stepped in, raised some cash, and managed to keep the restaurant afloat. “Things at the restaurant are going well,” Josh Levine, the new manager, wrote in a blog post in September 2014. “We have a new lease, food is coming out well, the team is amazing, and we are all having fun! The customers love us again, and though sales have been down since the changeover, morale is up! Because the food is coming out well.” No word on where or when a new Nature’s Express will open. … Continue reading »

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Bakers, cooks, cakemakers thrive at Berkeley Kitchens

 

This month, the final nails will be hammered into the walls of The Berkeley Kitchens, a revolutionary new hub for artisanal food manufacturing in West Berkeley. Conceptualized by local sculptor and real-estate developer Jonah Hendrickson, the building is home to some 15 local food businesses, from bakers to caterers, and everything in between.

[Take a tour of The Berkeley Kitchens in the slideshow above. Photos by Tracey Taylor]

Hendrickson didn’t intend to make his name building kitchens. His first development project was a collection of artist studios in West Oakland that has been home to the Shotgun Players, Oaklandish, and “all kinds of really neat people,” he said. … Continue reading »

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