Incr-Edible: local restaurant has much to celebrate

Walking in downtown Berkeley’s “gourmet ghetto,” it’s easy to pass by a little place by the name of Chez Panisse. This restaurant, though tucked away behind an iron gate and tall, leafy trees, is one of Berkeley’s most talked about restaurants. As you enter the courtyard, you discover a natural and rustic exterior. It’s a simple scene,…

A greener revolution

BERKELEY, Calif. — It was another busy day for the local farmers at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Berkeley. Despite the  cloudy weather, more than 30 stands were dutifully set up in an orderly fashion, all displaying a colorful array of naturally grown food and produce. In particular, the farmers from Blossum Bluff Orchards drew…

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…

Chez Panisse: Make yourself at home

BERKELEY, Calif. — Flames emanate from the kitchen fire, and along with the dimmed overhead lighting, reflecting off the smooth wooden walls of the restaurant. There is a warm, almost sleepy glow.  Inviting scents of rosemary, tomatoes and freshly baked bread greet patrons at the door. The normal restaurant hustle and bustle that in many cases…