Berkeley goes gluten-free

BERKELEY, Calif. — When a customer orders a gluten-free item, the staff at Tivoli Caffe in Berkeley knows exactly what to do. The family-owned restaurant on Bancroft shifts into high gear as employees prepare the allergy-friendly food, keeping cross-contamination in mind. “My sister has celiac disease, so we’re very cautious. Every customer that walks in here…

Farmers’ market: Not just for produce

BERKELEY, Calif. — The latest craze of consuming fresh food from local markets is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, and Berkeley is no exception. The organic lifestyle is appealing to larger crowds, making farmers busy, if not overwhelmed. Not only is the quality of the produce, fish and bakery items attracting new fans, but the local farms make it a trusted way of…

From hipsters to Cal girls

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s impossible to generalize Berkeley’s style because of  its diversity. To describe the town as a haven for “hipsters” would stereotype the majority of the town. Mars Mercantile, the famous vintage thrift store in Berkeley, is at the extreme end of the fashion spectrum. Anastasia Roderigues, a Mars employee for two years, refers to herself as…

Markets draw a crowd

Four times a week, people from all over gather in Berkeley for one reason: to shop. Instead of designer-name stores stand canopies that sell fresh produce, flowers and even those much-needed morning coffees. The Farmers’ Market in Berkeley has been active since 1987 and it has been bringing the community together ever since. The shoppers are…

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…

The original organic: Berkeley’s farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif. – Farmers’ markets have become a recent fad in many major cities within the U.S.  Ben Feldman, however, doesn’t do it because it is popular, nor has he just been doing them recently.  Since 1987, Feldman, program manager of the Ecology Center, has been running multiple farmers’ markets throughout the city, both on different days…