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Berkeley’s garlicky food revolution: Stories within stories

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If it’s true that “Garlic is as good as ten mothers,” the title of Les Blank’s 1980 film, my question is: why anyone would want ten mothers? For most people I know, and speaking for myself, one good mother was plenty. Evidently this is not the case with garlic, about which, for its fanatical fans, there is no such thing as too much.

So when Blank’s cinematic homage to never-enough-garlic was screened on a recent Sunday at the Pacific Film Archive as part of a Les Blank retrospective, aging but loyal garlic-heads, including yours truly, showed up to marinate, yet again, in the stinking rose’s aromatic magic.

When my Book of Garlic was published in 1974 under the nom de plume Lloyd J. Harris, it luckily caught Les Blank’s eye (and nostrils). The book, which had been inspired by my brief stint as a waiter at Chez Panisse during its first hectic days in 1971, proclaimed a garlic revolution in America and popularized the ancient Roman word for garlic, “stinking rose.”   … Continue reading »

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Chez Panisse’s birthday kicks off with party to remember

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Last night, Alice Waters launched the weekend-long fȇte for the restaurant she founded 40 years ago with a portrait unveiling and a food-inspired procession. Chez Panisse, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and the art and food collective OPENrestaurant held a cocktail party Friday at the U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, where a portrait of Waters bound for The Smithsonian was revealed, marking the opening of several days of celebratory and fundraising activities.

“I just love that this portrait was … Continue reading »

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That Ruth Reichl taco? We know where

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The other day when former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl swung through town on her way to a street food fair in Napa, she stopped in Berkeley for a scrumptious “lime-rich pork” taco.

Berkeleyside was abuzz with suggestions as to where she might have gone — Tacubaya, Gordo’s, La Cascada perhaps?

It turns out she went to a taco truck of course. (Figures, given her destination, I guess.)  Thanks to Berkeleyside tipster Hewn and Hammered, who asked the food … Continue reading »

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Ruth Reichl grabs a Berkeley bite

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Ruth Reichl, the editor of the now defunct Gourmet Magazine, is on her way to Napa for a street food fest. But as she swung through Berkeley half an hour ago she found time to stop and grab something to eat — and to tweet about it:

Stopped in Berkeley for soft, spicy, lime-rich pork tacos to eat, messily, as I drove to Napa’s Streetfood Conference. Covered in hotsauce.

So where did she go Berkeleyites? The Twittersphere … Continue reading »

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