Before putting the building up for sale, the seller signed a five-year lease with a five-year option to protect the business.
Berkeley writer and photographer Erin Scott has just published her first book, a beautiful collection of gluten-free recipes.
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INSTITUTE OF MOSAIC ART After eight years at 3001 Chapman St. in southwest Oakland, the Institute of Mosaic Art has moved to Berkeley and will open July 6. Students Isle Cordoni and her daughter Sophia Cordoni recently purchased the organization from mosaic artist Laurel True, who founded it in 2005. The new Berkeley location, at 805 Allston Way between Fifth and Sixth streets, will provide more studio space and allow the new owners to offer a larger inventory of art supplies for sale. According to information released by the institute, it is the largest and oldest mosaic school in the United States.
Minh Tsai is on a mission to make tofu the next hip artisanal food. He knows he has a ways to go to get many Americans to even taste tofu, but if anyone can make it cool to eat bean curd, this enthusiastic self-described tofu master is the man for the job.
In case you missed it, a post on this site last week elicited an entertaining rumination by Berkeleysider EBGuy on Berkeley’s food stores and their role as our new cathedrals — or temples, or synagogues. More Berkeleysiders weighed in with their analogies. Here’s the full list (so far):
We couldn’t resist hoisting from the comments this reflection by EBGuy on food shopping as religion (prompted by today’s opening of Berkeley’s Trader Joe’s) :
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.