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food businesses

Beyond Produce: Other Edible CSAs Bring Mixed Results

April 22, 2011 baking

Can the CSA model work for food artisans as well as farmers?

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Mission Reinvention: Food Businesses Buck Recession

April 11, 2011 bay area bites

Edible entrepreneurs in San Francisco’s Mission District find creative ways to sell food during hard financial times.

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Produce for the People at Berkeley Bowl

March 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Berkeley Bowl produce picker Nick Christopher on the joys of kale salad, winter citrus, and Tokyo turnips — and why he doesn’t eat bananas.

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From Psych Ward to Bagel Mensch

February 25, 2011 berkeley bites

Noah Alper overcame obstacles early in life and went on to run a wildly successful West Coast bagel business, Noah’s Bagels. He shares lessons learned from his successes in a recent book.

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Jam Maker Dafna Kory Turns Hobby Into Thriving Business

February 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Self-taught jam maker Dafna Kory turned her hobby into a fully-fledged business, INNA jam, single-source fruit preserves delivered via bamboo trike.

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Organic Food Cafes: Emerging or Established Trend?

February 7, 2011 bay area bites

Taking stock of the organic eatery trend with panelists (and owners) at the recent EcoFarm Conference.

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Ten Top Food News Stories of 2010: Part Two

January 3, 2011 bay area bites

Highlights from the 2010 food news files: food security, new york food, animal food, sweet food, virtual food.

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John Scharffenberger: From Wine and Chocolate to Tofu

December 17, 2010 berkeley bites

The former wine and chocolate guy now finds himself hawking tofu for the Hodo Soy Beanery.

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Giving Thanks with Cafe Gratitude

November 24, 2010 berkeley bites

An interview with the general manager of Berkeley’s Cafe Gratitude, a Bay Area chain with its devotees and its detractors.

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La Cocina Helps Launch Los Cilantros Catering Company

November 19, 2010 berkeley bites

Latina immigrant Dilsa Lugo launches organic, Mexican catering company with the support of La Cocina.

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UC Berkeley Grads Grow Thriving Mushroom Business

November 12, 2010 bay citizen

The Mushroom Guys’ zero-waste company uses coffee grounds from Peet’s to cultivate fungi.

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A Family Recipe Becomes a Business: Mamie & Makhi’s Sweet Potato Pie

November 5, 2010 baking

Lois Porter turns a favorite family recipe into a thriving small batch, sweet potato batter business in Berkeley.

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Berkeley Student Food Collective: Education & Eating

October 8, 2010 bay citizen

After going without a cooperative grocery store for more than twenty years, Berkeley is about to get a new food co-op. The Berkeley Student Food Collective is slated to open later this month.

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Berkeley Bites: Aaron Betesh, Blue Heron Farms

October 1, 2010 berkeley bites

Veteran farmers’ market vendor Aaron Betesh of Blue Heron Farms talks about what he loves about the Berkeley Farmers Market scene.

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Veteran Restauranteur Dishes up Recipe to Success

September 24, 2010 berkeley bites

Chef-owner Michael Wild of BayWolf in Oakland reflects on his 35 years of success in the fickle food world.

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Shakirah Simley: Preserving Food, Seeking Justice

September 21, 2010 farmers' markets

One aspect of the food-writing world I don’t care for so much: It’s a mostly white crowd. The homogeneity doesn’t sit well with me and, I feel, is reflected in the stories I read. Where are the pieces on (and by) people representing voices from this country’s diverse ethnic communities? So when I heard Shakirah […]

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Berkeley Bites: Minh Tsai, Hodo Soy Beanery

September 10, 2010 bay citizen

Hodo Soy Beanery gets fresh with tofu.

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Berkeley Bites: Elmwood Cafe Feeds People and Funds Worthy Projects

September 3, 2010 berkeley bites

A decade ago, and fresh out of North Carolina, Kara Hammond landed a gig at Cafe Fanny, a tiny slip of a place in North Berkeley opened 25 years ago by, oh, a certain famous local chef. Hammond, who had run a homespun bakery in Greensboro, wanted to get some kitchen experience in the Bay […]

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Two Berkeley Moms Try Their Hand At Street Eats

August 27, 2010 berkeley bites

The Twitter handle pretty much sums things up. Two food-obsessed moms try to have their cake and eat it too: Start a food truck and still be home with the kids. Meet the newest truck on the block to hit the streets of Emeryville, in the East Bay of San Francisco. You can’t miss the […]

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Berkeley Bites: Tu David Phu, Saul’s Delicatessen

August 20, 2010 bay citizen

What’s a nice, young, tattooed Vietnamese boy from West Oakland doing as the top chef in a Jewish deli in North Berkeley?

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Slow Food Folks Serve Fast Food with Style

August 6, 2010 berkeley bites

Chef owners Paul Arenstam and Charlene Reis have a slow food sensibility in a take-out business better known for fast food. That’s because the culinary couple (partners in life too) come with stellar cooking credentials: She’s an-ex Chez Panisse pastry chef, he did stints at upscale L.A. joints before landing at San Francisco’s acclaimed Rubicon. […]

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Fermented Food Fans: Meet The Folks From Cultured

July 9, 2010 bay citizen

Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley of the Cultured Pickle Shop talk up fermented food.

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Berkeley Bites: Samin Nosrat, Ex-Eccolo Chef & Co-Creator of the Pop-Up General Store

June 25, 2010 berkeley bites

A profile of the fleeting food market co-founder Samin Nosrat, a poster girl for the current culinary reinvention trend.

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Berkeley Farmers’ Market Man, Ben Feldman

June 18, 2010 berkeley bites

Find out what Berkeley Farmers’ Market program manager Ben Feldman loves about his job in this Berkeley Bites post.

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Q&A with Locavore Jessica Prentice of Three Stone Hearth

June 5, 2010 berkeley bites

Jessica Prentice’s claim to fame comes from coining the term locavore, chosen as the 2007 Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. The New York City-trained natural chef lives and breathes the locavore lifestyle. She is a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth, a community supported kitchen cooperative in Berkeley, California, which sells […]

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Wild Man Iso Rabins: A New Food Entrepreneur

May 21, 2010 civil eats

Take a walk on the wild side: A profile of Iso Rabins, founder of forageSF, San Francisco’s Underground Farmers Market, and The Wild Kitchen, an underground dinner of foraged foods.

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Professionals by Day Pursue Culinary Arts by Night

March 12, 2010 baking

Two Bay Area confectioners, Anand Chokkalingam and Michael Winnike, whip up sweet treats after hours.

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Kale Chips: Giving Thanks for Greens in a Snack Pack

July 30, 2009 food businesses

Last Friday was the day I was supposed to meet Blessing Horowytz, creator of Kale Chips, my current favorite snack food. Here’s what happened: Multi-tasking mama that I am, I decided to quell my cravings for Kale Chips (not to be confused with roasted kale) and satisfy my curiosity about the brand new Berkeley Bowl […]

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