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Lafaza Vanillas blends local ideals with global reach

One of Lafaza's Malagasy farmers holds a bottle of vanilla beans. Photo: Lafaza Vanillas
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Oakland company Lafaza Vanillas is a prime example of how to manage the intersection of local food practices and a global market. An environmentally conscious enterprise connecting vanilla farmers in Madagascar to buyers in Northern California, Lafaza, which operates out of a warehouse near Jack London Square, has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to guide the company closer to its central tenets: forests, farmers, and flavors.

The idea for the Kickstarter “has been boiling for a while,” said James Delafield, president and co-founder of Lafaza. “We were trying to figure out what the ask would be.”

The resulting campaign, which began on April 30, has a goal of certifying Lafaza’s Madagascar farmers as fair-trade, non-GMO, and organic so that all-organic companies in the U.S. will be able to use Lafaza vanilla.

“The people we work with are mostly smallholder farms, people who are growing an acre or less of vanilla, so we work with hundreds of people” in Madagascar, Delafield said. … Continue reading »

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Share your photos with NOSH on Instagram

Strawberries. Photo: Kate Williams
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We’ve always enjoyed seeing and sharing your photos of Berkeley through our Berkeleyside Flickr page. Photography is such an important part of every story — especially when it comes to food. That’s why we’re catching up with the times by officially launching our NOSH Instagram, @EastBayNOSH. Follow us to find pictures of all of the food and ingredients that make our East Bay home great.

We want to share your photos, too. Each week, we’ll share a theme with our followers. Tag us with the hashtag #ebnosh and the theme of the week, and we’ll repost our favorite snaps. … Continue reading »

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Two Berkeleyside emails worth signing up for

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Today at 6 a.m. several thousand people received the new Nosh Weekly in their inboxes. (See it here.)

This free email newsletter, just launched last fall, is sent out every Thursday, and highlights the best food coverage from Berkeleyside’s sister site, Nosh.

Nosh covers the East Bay, not just Berkeley. So you’ll hear of new restaurant, café and bakery openings in places like Oakland, Albany, Alameda and Kensington, as well as Berkeley neighborhoods like the Gourmet Ghetto and the Elmwood. Nosh Weekly also brings you recipes for scrumptious treats (like Moriah VanVleet’s rosewater cupcakes with meringue brulée frosting — perfect for Valentine’s Day), interviews with pioneering food artisans and chefs, and news from the food front lines, be it related to the soda tax, school cooking programs or allegations of racism.

Click here to subscribe to Nosh Weekly and/or the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing.

Nosh Weekly is one of two e-newsletters delivered by Berkeleyside. The other is the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing, which is well established and much loved, and lands every day just after 5 p.m. (See it here.) The Daily Briefing has become essential reading for thousands of people who want to keep on top of what is happening in Berkeley. The email highlights, in summary form, all the stories published by Berkeleyside on a particular day. … Continue reading »

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NOSH Weekly delivers free East Bay food stories

Chocolate cranberry cake
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Last week saw the launch of NOSH Weekly, a free weekly email that points to the best, most interesting, most mouth-watering stories about food, restaurants, chefs and more in the East Bay.

Sign up to receive NOSH Weekly: your free weekly East Bay food email

Berkeleyside launched its standalone food section NOSH in November 2012. Unlike its host, NOSH covers cities other than Berkeley — from Oakland to Kensington, scooping up El Cerrito, Alameda and Albany on the way. … Continue reading »

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