Chef Geoff’s caters to organic aficionados

At 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., Chef Geoff Tracy prepares for another chaotic day at his D.C. restaurant, Chef Geoff’s, which is located near the American University campus.  The graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA, “pies, not spies”) has climbed the entrepreneurial ladder after having “jumped off the entrepreneurial cliff.” He…

Berkeley: free-thinkers blaze their own fashion trails

Berkeley style in a brief sentence? Said tourist George Hedges, “Individualism. Character. I don’t think you can bottle that.” Though he may be visiting from England, his personal philosophy on fashion describes the whole Berkeley community.  It’s this particular outlook that makes the city’s style unique, said young people interviewed recently recently for a random survey. Student…

Farmers’ market lives up to slogan

    BERKELEY, Calif. —Most people systematize their groceries list and wake up on Saturday to buy from the local grocery chain. Yet at  Center St. at Martin  Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley Farmers’ Market lives up to its slogan of “environment, community, justice.” Open from 10am-3pm, Berkeley Farmer’s Market is bustling and lively with…

Cal and the green initiative

BERKELEY, Calif.—”Pretty much everyone I know here recycles,” says Makossa Sweetyne, 33, a California Hall Security guard at the University of California at Berkeley. The name “Berkeley” itself elicits feelings of environmental awareness and progressive thinking. The recycling issue is no different. In a recent informal survey on the UC-Berkeley campus, there was a resounding…

Chez Panisse’s goals: Fresh, local and in season

BERKELEY, Calif. — It is no secret that the United States is plagued by a growing epidemic of overweight children, calculated by BetterHealthUSA to be around 25 percent. Fast food, the main powerhouse within the American food system, is often blamed, but David Prior, director of communications for the Chez Panisse Foundation, is optimistic. “Anything…