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The Mayor's chief of staff talks about proposed legislation related to farms and gardens in Berkeley.

The Mayor’s chief of staff talks about proposed legislation related to farms and gardens in Berkeley.

Come hear Brandi Campbell Wood, chief of staff to Mayor Jesse Arreguin, discuss proposed new legislation in support of urban agriculture that could increase the amount of food grown locally. Get the details on creating gardens in unoccupied residential lots, commercial zones, or hillside spaces, and hear about rooftop gardens and the process for starting or maintaining a garden. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative. Free. Info: here.

City of Berkeley’s New Urban Agriculture Package
Thursday February 23, 7–9pm
Ecology Center 
2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Photo courtesy of Sophie Hahn

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Celebrating Black Farmers through Film

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Enjoy an evening of film, including the documentary Homecoming and several shorts about the legacy of Black farming in the United States, United Kingdom, and Kenya. Cost: $5–$25 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments served. Presented by Pollinate Farm & Garden and Farms to Grow, Inc., a group that helps African-American farmers and other under-served farmers/gardeners to maintain and create sustainable farms. Info and tickets: here or 510.686.3493

Black Hands in the Soil: A Film Celebration of Black Farming
Friday February 24, 7–9pm 
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

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Seed Art and Tour

A new exhibit of botanical art depicting seed pods is on display at the UC Botanical Garden.

A new exhibit of botanical art depicting seed pods is on display at the UC Botanical Garden.

Marvel at the beauty and complexity of seeds and seed vessels at this exhibit by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists on display at the UC Botanical Garden. Also at the garden this month: a tour showing how plants travel. Learn all about botanical fruit and seed adaptations, like slingshots, parachutes, hitchhikers, helicopters, and other clever mechanisms for propelling plant seeds around the garden. Both events are free with garden admission. Info: here.

Plants Illustrated 2017: Seeds
Through February 21, daily 10am–4pm
Julia Morgan Hall

Plant Travelers: Tour of the Garden
Friday February 24, 1–2:30 pm 
UC Botanical Garden 
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley

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Apply Now: Women in Culinary Leadership

From left to right: Michael White, Gail Simmons, Dana Cowin, Emily Luchetti, Rohini Dey, 2013 Women In Culinary Leadership grantee Eliza Martin, James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, and Kristen Kish.

From left to right: Michael White, Gail Simmons, Dana Cowin, Emily Luchetti, Rohini Dey, 2013 Women In Culinary Leadership grantee Eliza Martin, James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, and Kristen Kish.

Twenty positions are available for women who want to be mentored by leading chefs and restaurateurs. Now in its fourth year, the James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership program offers women already working in the industry a chance to develop in-depth skills either in the kitchen and/or in restaurant management. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of professional hospitality or culinary experience. Mentors include Shelley Lindgren, wine director at A16 in San Francisco and Oakland. Application deadline is March 12. Info and application: here

Photo by Ken Goodman

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Babka for Two

This small, heart-shaped Chocolate Babka from Fournée Bakery is just right for two.

This small, heart-shaped Chocolate Babka from Fournée Bakery is just right for two.

Over at Berkeley’s Fournée Bakery, owner and pastry chef Frank Sally has been perfecting his heart-shaped Chocolate Babka just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s made with a sweet, buttery dough, and Sally swirls Valrhona chocolate throughout, then adds a hazelnut streusel topping. The special miniature babka is a perfect Valentine’s brunch item or dessert for two to share. Fournée also offers a tempting variety of pastries and breads as well as savory treats including quiche, pizza, and baguette sandwiches. Info: here
 
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Chocolate Babka:
Fournée Bakery
2912 Domingo Ave, Berkeley
510.549.9434

 

Photo courtesy of Fournée.
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Feel the Burn

Dark-Heart-dessertREVDark Heart Chili Sauce will be at the LocaLove Pop-up Crafts Market selling an array of their savory and sweet chili sauces, some on the mild side and others with plenty of heat. Stop by the pop-up at CelerySpace to make hand-printed Valentines and shop for baked goods, coffee, textiles, jewelry, and more. Dark Heart was born in Kensington with some inspiration from another local business, La Tourangelle. Info: celeryspace.com or www.darkheartchilisauce.com

LocaLove Pop-up Crafts Market
Sunday February 12, 1–5pm
CelerySpace
1714 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Photo above: Dark Heart Chili Sauce founders Joel & Yvette Devalcourt celebrate Valentine’s Day (and Mardi Gras later this month) with a traditional Gallette des Rois or King Cake made by Kensington farmers’ market baker La Noisette. The almond pastry is topped with Yvette’s homemade vanilla ice cream and Dark Heart’s Chilis Érotiques (cardamom, rose, dates and almonds with chilies and almond oil). Irresistible!

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Chocolate Bliss

Savor chocolate, wine, and music at Alameda Natural Grocery's Chocolate Festival.

Savor chocolate, wine, and music at Alameda Natural Grocery’s Chocolate Festival.

It will be a lively afternoon at Alameda Natural Grocery‘s Chocolate Festival, with a variety of chocolate demos, wine tasting at Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, and live music by Our Fireside Romance. One lucky guest wins a basketful of chocolate goodies. The market also offers a terrific selection of local and organic produce, hard-to-find special diet foods, eco-friendly cleaning products, artisan foods, and chemical-free cosmetics. This locally owned, green certified market is home to the rooftop honeybee hives featured in our Spring 2016 issue.

Chocolate Festival
Saturday February 11, 3–5pm
Alameda Natural Grocery
1650 Park St, Alameda

Photo courtesy of Alameda Natural Grocery.

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A Confectionate Affair

Market-Hall-Chocolate-Flourless-Mousse-Cake-(cropEnter a paradise of bars, confections, and truffles at Berkeley’s Market Hall 8th annual For the Love of Chocolate. Local chocolatiers, including Barlovento and Charles Chocolates, offer samples, and executive pastry chef Sally Darling demonstrates techniques for chocolate decorating. Visitors can taste cheese pairings with dark and milk chocolates as well as a house-made mole sauce prepared with Guittard chocolate. Many items are discounted by 10%, and a special Valentine’s menu is available Feb 10–14 at both Market Hall stores. Info: here or 510.250.6004

For the Love of Chocolate: Tasting & Valentine’s Day Celebration
Saturday February 11, 1–4 pm 
Market Hall Foods on 4th   
1786 4th St, Berkeley

This flourless chocolate mousse cake is also gluten free. Photo courtesy of Market Hall. 

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Author Presentation

Reclaiming Traditional Mexican Foods

Decolonize-Your-DietMeet the authors of Decolonize Your Diet as they discuss their popular cookbook celebrating foods native to the Americas. Professors Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel share the research and philosophy that led to the book and discuss the healing properties of a diet rich in corn, beans, squash, herbs, and other plants indigenous to the Americas. The book features more than 100 recipes and was awarded an International Latino Book Award in 2016. Edible East Bay cover artist Margo Rivera-Weiss writes about Decolonize Your Diet and interviews the authors in our upcoming Spring issue. Free event.
Info: here or call 510.238.3138

    
Author Presentation
Decolonize Your Diet:
Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing

Saturday January 28, 1–3pm
Oakland Main Library, Bradley Walters Community Room 
125 14th St, Oakland

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Ready, Set, SCOBY!

Artist and kombucha pro Lila Volkas offers a class at Teance on brewing the fermented beverage.

Artist and kombucha pro Lila Volkas offers a class at Teance on brewing the fermented beverage.

Lila-with-kombuchaJoin Edible East Bay artist Lila Volkas for a lively evening of kombucha making. Learn to safely brew your own kombucha and find out about its health benefits like improved digestion and boosted energy. Everyone receives a starter kit and can enjoy kombucha samples made with teas from Teance. Kombucha is prepared from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Cost: $40. Info and registration: here

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha
Saturday February 11, 6:30–8pm 
Teance
1780 Fourth St, Berkeley

Top photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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