Recent Stories

  • What’s new in East Bay food, XXVIII

    Off The Grid expands to Emeryville, new openings include Zensen Sushi Express, Desco, SpoonRocket and Phoenix Pastificio.

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    PHOENIX PASTIFICIO Pasta company Phoenix Pastificio, which once occupied the space at 1788 Shattuck Ave. where Trattoria Corso is now, plans to take over the former Café Zeste storefront at 1250 Addison St. and reopen a retail space there. Phoenix Pastificio had been operating out of the Café Zeste kitchen space for about seven years, doing most of their sales at farmers markets across the East Bay. When the café closed at the beginning of this year, Phoenix owners Carole and Eric Sartenaer decided to occupy the remaining space. When they open the restaurant in mid-July, they’ll be offering Italian soul food, starting with soups, salads and pasta dishes before getting more ambitious with pizza and calzone, which they didn’t offer at their old Shattuck location. “We’re going to sort of ease into it,” Eric Sartenaer said.  (more…)

  • Farm-to-fork tours spotlight local green businesses

    Three years ago, Marissa LaMagna started Bay Area Green Tours, a nonprofit, shoestring operation now headquartered in the David Brower Center (and largely staffed by eager, eco-conscious, unpaid interns) because she wanted to showcase the best sustainable farms and food, buildings and businesses, energy practices and employment opportunities in Berkeley and beyond.

  • Berkeley Bites: Keba Konte

    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.