From NoBro to SoBro

On a recent Monday afternoon, USA Today columnist Craig Wilson visited students at American University’s Discover the World of Communication program  to speak about column writing. Wilson has written The Final Word, his weekly Wednesday column, for 16 years. He also writes features and book reviews for the national newspaper.   According to Wilson, one…

Farmer's markets go up in the heart of Berkeley 4 times per week, bringing buyers and farmers closer together. P. by Evan Stark.

Food travels straight from the farm to Saturday market

BERKELEY, Calif. — “I believe strongly in unpolluted food. It’s just healthier — for us, and for the environment,” said Shirley Timble, owner of  Moonlite Bakery. She is one of more than 60 vendors who sell their organic goods at the Ecology Center’s Saturday farmers’ market, one of four weekly markets serving 10,000 customers in Berkeley. The first of…

Edible Schoolyard brings healthy learning to the Bay Area

BERKELEY, Calif. — Sixteen years ago an empty lot was all one could find next to Marthin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. Today it’s a thriving garden sown by the hands of its students. Alice Waters realized her dream by founding The Edible Schoolyard and creating this garden. This month, Waters’ other and original endeavor, Chez Panisse restaurant, celebrates its 40th anniversary, while…

Chez Panisse: creating a warm mood

BERKELEY, Calif. — Since 1971, Chez Panisse has been at the forefront of a movement that has promoted eating local, seasonal and organic foods.  Known as the slow-food movement, this philosophy has made Chez Panisse one of the most recognizable restaurants in the San Francisco area.  Not only does this movement affect the way in…

Shopping for more than food

BERKELEY, Calif. — These days, farmers’ markets aren’t only a great way to provide a community with fresh, seasonal food, but they also capture a unique experience.  And the farmers’ market on Center Street in downtown Berkeley is no exception.  From the vast array of customers to the entertainment to the farmers themselves, and, of course,…