Café Rouge, a Berkeley institution, will close after dinner service on Dec. 30. This news, and much more, in this week's Bites
Bob Rawson and Fred Dick take a serious, hands-on approach to the technical aspects of making food-friendly, reasonably priced wine.
Crush season means taking delivery of grapes, de-stemming and crushing them, by foot or machine, and getting the fermentation started.
East Bay winemakers' choices for Valentine's Day imbibing run the gamut from bubbly to deep Zins, and to eat: anything from oysters to Girl Scout cookies!
The East Bay Vintner's Alliance is set to throw its 10th annual Urban Wine Xperience at Jack London Square on Aug. 1.
Covenant is making its first wine in Berkeley after moving from Napa -- kosher, but not just for Jews says co-owner Jeff Morgan.
Berkeley greenlights new high-end restaurant for the Elmwood; also new to East Bay: Gogi Time and Tierra Mia Coffee.
Joining the drinks boom sweeping the East Bay, a new business focused on artisanal mead is set to open in west Berkeley’s “drinks district.”
Crush, the annual East Bay wine and food festival, takes place this Sunday, Nov. 11, and, incredibly, the gourmet get-together is marking its 17th year in Berkeley.
MORE TO DRINK IN THE DRINKS DISTRICT The San Francisco Chronicle named Chris Brockway A Winemaker to Watch in January and named his 2009 Broc Cellars Vine Star California Red one of the top wines of 2011. Now Brockway is opening a tasting room at Broc Cellars at 805 Camelia St. on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Its official opening is July 22, but Brockway will do a soft launch this weekend. Wine lovers can visit the other wineries in the drinks district, too. Donkey & Goat’s tasting room is open from 2 to 6 pm weekends at 1340 Fifth St. And Urbano Cellars Winery’s tasting room at 2323B Fourth St. is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)
Urbano Cellars is throwing a grad re-opening party on Feb. 4 to celebrate its move into its near headquarters on Fourth Street in Berkeley.
DOWNTOWN LOCAVORE New, as of yesterday, to Center Street’s “restaurant row”: the Green Earth Café & Bakery, which offers a “Local Organic Vegan Ethical Sustainable (L.O.V.E.S.)” menu using the principles of macrobiotics. Owners Barbara Johnston-Brown and Ciren Zhuoga are serving salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, unigiri, burritos, tacos, and desserts — including cookies, cakes, pies and puddings — with a focus on organic produce from local farmers and vendors. Johnston-Brown has run a catering company, teaches cooking classes for kids and adults, works as a private chef and has apprenticed as a pastry chef. Zhuoga, who is originally from Tibet, is cook and kitchen manager of Treasure Island Job Corps serving 1,100 meals three times per day. She has cooked at Manzanita Restaurant in Oakland where she specializes in weekend brunch menus. The café is at 2124 Center Street, next door to the Oasis Grill. (more…)