Market showcases food, diversity

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s around 11 a.m. on Berkley’s Center Street, and a visibly happy street musician sings, “I’ve got no job, and I’ve got no pay,” in a light tone. Berkeley’s liberal attitude and overall late-’60s, early-’70s  feel is the perfect climate for its renown Berkeley Farmer’s Markets. They are every Tuesday, Thursday and…

Planting a revolution

BERKELEY, Calif.  — As a typical student today, you might be wondering what boring activity you’ll be doing in the next class. Or, you just might be lying your head on the desk, dreaming of summer break. But, on the corner of Rose and Grant Street, the students of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School are…

Ooh la la, Chez Panisse!

BERKELEY, Calif. — In a homey downtown neighborhood, Chez Panisse reveals no sign of a former residential house.  The 500 or more customers a day are greeted by a display of the menu of the day, are welcomed into a restaurant surrounded by trees and vines. Entering into the wooden doors of Chez Panisse,  an…

Planting a revolution

BERKELEY, Calif.  — As a typical student today, you might be wondering what boring activity you’ll be doing in the next class. Or, you just might be laying your head on the desk, dreaming of summer break. But, on the corner of Rose and Grant Street, the students of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School are…

A neighborhood restaurant with a global influence

BERKELEY, Calif. — In 1971, Alice Waters founded the restaurant Chez Panisse as a casual place for her and friends to gather and discuss the political movements of the decade. Over the past 40 years, the restaurant has grown into an international inspiration for children and professional chefs alike. Diners at Chez Panisse will find…

A small community at large

BERKELEY, Calif. —  “I like to be able to talk to the person who grew my food,” says Natalie Nadimi,  a T-shirt vendor from Oakland, Calif. While you may not hear this everyday, for the customers at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market,  it is no rare proclamation. However, it is not just delicious  food and face time with merchants…

Chez Panisse and the power of slow food

BERKELEY, Calif. — Rows and rows of pale shops and apartment buildings line the streets, but something different awaits on Shattuck Avenue. A large Araucaria tree out front seems to support the entire infrastructure, giving the impression of a tree house nestled back behind the sidewalk. Greenery graces the front gates and dances in front of the large…