Food & Drink Artisans

Almanac Beer Co.

Fruit Forward Almanac brings California beer terroir to Alameda By Derrick Peterman Soon after they met at a home brewing club in San Francisco, Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan discovered they shared a novel approach to brewing: Both were experimenting with ingredients from the farmers’ market. “We tried lots of different fruits, and in some…

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SolidariTEA Partners with Local Nonprofits

A Potent Brew At SolidariTEA, social justice is part of the business plan By Rachel Trachten For iced-tea entrepreneurs Caroline Sandifer and Trey Jalbert, business success goes hand-in-hand with generosity. As they manage the day-to-day tasks for their company, SolidariTEA, the duo have been steadily donating a portion of their time and earnings to two…

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Hanif Sadr

From the Oilfields to the Kitchen Mechanical Engineer’s Detour Leads to New Life in Food Hanif Sadr, Golestan’s after-school cooking teacher, grew up in Tehran and spent summers on his grandparents’ farm in Northern Iran, where he developed a lifelong love of exploring nature. After earning a college degree in materials science in Iran, he…

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Bite by Bite

  With a memorable tasting menu, Sabio turns Pleasanton into a dining destination By Alix Wall Four small bites come out on a wooden plate that looks like it was cut straight from a tree: deviled egg with a bit of Dungeness crab, paddlefish caviar, and a sprinkling of chives mounded atop the yolk house-made…

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Tucker’s Lives On

A Sweet Deal Local Alameda Family Purchases Beloved Dessert Shop Photos and story by Sam Tillis Here’s the scoop on the new owners of Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream in Alameda: They’re two families, both longtime Alameda residents and experienced business owners, and, of course, they love ice cream. The fairy tale–like story of how…

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Chef Mark Liberman

Food Wizard Aims to Enchant Oakland Diners Chef Mark Liberman conjures up a new bistro-style eatery By Alix Wall | Illustration by Margo Rivera-Weiss Count Mark Liberman as the next high-profile San Francisco chef to trade the city where he built his reputation for Oakland. Having left a six-year gig running the kitchen at San…

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Hops Return to Pleasanton

How Pleasanton Got Its Hops Back By Derrick Peterman The story of Pleasanton’s hop revival begins ten years ago when a certain rural Midwesterner arrived in California to take up a marketing position at a software company. . . . Rich Clayton was soon to learn that hops have a distinctive history in this corner…

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Bay Grape, Punchdown, and Ordinaire

On the Glou-Glou Trail A hop into three local “natural wine” bars By Nikki Goddard Don’t call it a trend: Natural wine has existed as a concept for as long as winemakers have had the technology to produce “unnatural” (or manipulated) wine. Coined as early as the 17th century, the term was popularized in the…

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Nora Dunning at Drip Line

Singapore Meets Southern Classics at Chef Nora Dunning’s West Oakland Drip Line By Alix Wall Chef Nora Dunning’s culinary viewpoint shifted one day over a bowl of shrimp and grits. It happened last winter as Dunning was cooking grits for her husband John, a Californian whose family has roots in the American South. Dunning’s palate…

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Saha Comes to Berkeley

Saha Finds a New Home in Berkeley Step into Mohamed Aboghanem’s Arabic-Inspired Restaurant By Sarah Henry | Photos by Kala Minko For a dozen years, Mohamed Aboghanem ran Saha, a self-styled “Arabic fusion” restaurant, out of the back of Hotel Carlton, a boutique lower Nob Hill hotel in the Joie de Vivre chain. The restaurant…

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