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UC Berkeley serves up an edible education this fall

Graduate School of Journalism professor Michael Pollan. Photo: Fran Collin
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Tonight marks the return of Edible Education at Cal, with solo instructor Michael Pollan kicking off the 16-week course. The class is open to both undergraduate and graduate students — and, like last year, some 300 free seats are reserved for the public. (See details below for nabbing a ticket to these popular sessions, which typically fill to capacity each week.)

The Graduate School of Journalism professor, and guest speakers from the food and farming world, will examine the future of farming and food and explore how the U.S.’s industrialized food system impacts the environment, health, farm and food workers, as well as the culture at large.

“Food politics are in the forefront of students’ minds these days,” said Pollan, known to tackle wonky food subjects in compelling prose in bestselling books such as “In Defense of Food.” “They like hearing from non-academics — activists, farmers, and journalists.” … Continue reading »

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Local restaurants raise money for edible education

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Potentially lost in the tsunami of stories of all things Chez Panisse this week  — see yesterday’s Berkeleyside Wire and this post today for a fraction of the coverage circulating in anticipation of the 40th anniversary celebrations that start in earnest tonight — is the fact that the weekend long festivities are, at their heart, a series of fundraisers for the newly launched Edible Schoolyard Project, a national hub designed to broaden the reach … Continue reading »

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Pop-up restaurants are popping up around town

Faiza Farah (L) and Tsedey Seifu (R) of Afro-Bites./Photo: Adenike Amin/Poster:Nick James
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Listen up locavores in search of the next edible experience: Berkeleysiders have no fewer than three pop-up dining options, each with their own unique flavor, from which to pick from the first weekend in May.

Friday May 7, self-taught chef Nigel Jones offers his Jamaican cuisine with island classics like jerk chicken, plaintains with black bean sauce and sweet potato fries at his pop-up Kingston 11, (starters $7, mains $11-$14), which runs weekly, at the Guerilla Cafe in North Berkeley. (Kingston 11 is Jones’ postcode from home, Bob Marley’s, in case you’re curious, was Kingston 12.)

On the same night, longtime restaurant industry worker Suzanne Drexhage is hosting a seasonal spring supper ($50, sold out) at Local 123 in West Berkeley. On the menu: Backyard borage cocktail, nettle and sheep’s milk ricotta crostini, local lamb shoulder with artichoke and fava bean ragout. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley merchants reach out to raise funds for Japan

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As the news from Japan just gets worse, and the images more horrifying, a number of Berkeley merchants are taking action to help the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that took place there last week.

Saturn Café, at 2175 Allston Way, is hosting an art show and fundraiser on Thursday 17th, 7-10pm, with all proceeds going to Doctor Without Borders to fund aid for Tsunami victims in Japan. There will be music, art, food, drinks and community. The featured artist for the night will be Berkeley’s Stoye Milburn who will showcase his Cosmology set in the Space Lounge. Stoye is also a member of the Firehouse art collective in Berkeley. Music comes courtesy of local musician Ryan Dishen.

Stores on Center Street in Downtown are matching donations from customers to support Japan relief efforts — donations will be matched up to a total of $1,000. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Samin Nosrat, ex-Eccolo and co-creator of the Pop-Up General Store

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Samin Nosrat is a veritable poster girl for the current trend (some would say necessity) of workplace reinvention.

Since the shuttering last summer of Eccolo, an acclaimed Italian eatery on 4th Street, that restaurant’s one-time sous chef now juggles an impressive number of part-time jobs in the culinary world.

Nosrat is the co-creator (along with former boss, Chris Lee, currently cooking in London) of the much buzzed about Pop-Up General Store, a fleeting food market … Continue reading »

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