At the Chez Panisse Sunday Market

    On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the East Bay’s top destination restaurant discovers its parking lot community By Derrick Schneider | Illustrations by Cathy Raingarden   In March 2020, when Covid shelter-in-place orders began, the Bay Area food community gave a collective, worried gulp. Restaurants don’t run on high margins, so any…

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Opening Day at the Freedom Farmers’ Market

    Photography by Gene Dominique Midsummer found Farms to Grow, Inc. launching its 8th season of the Freedom Farmers’ Market at a new venue in Oakland’s Temescal district. The unique market comes with a mission: “To bring traditional legacy foods from Black farmers and other sustainable farmers into Oakland as we engage a community…

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Editor’s Mixing Bowl

As you pulled this magazine out of your market bag and set it on your kitchen table, Chez Panisse has just turned 50 years old. And if you also pulled out some brilliantly colored peppers, a fat striped tomato, plump figs, some glossy eggplants, and enticing ears of corn, these are far more likely to be…

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Just Fare

Community service, fair wages, plus some healthy and flavorful takeout, all in one package By Rachel Trachten | Photos by Cheryl Angelina Koehler   If there’s been one theme in the 2021 economic recovery, it’s that workers are demanding higher wages and better working conditions. But for Gabriel Cole, CEO and cofounder of the Emeryville-based social…

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It Takes a Village (of Girls) to Raise a Greenhouse

Story and photos by Bethany Kaylor During a hot week in July, a group of teenage girls and gender-expansive youth gathered early each morning at Willard Middle School in Berkeley. Their goal was to build a 200-square-foot greenhouse for Growing Leaders, a youth gardening entrepreneurship program based at Willard and Berkeley Technology Academy. After a…

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A Harvest of Verse

Edible East Bay editor Cheryl Angelina Koehler reviews Too Many Seeds: Poems by Gabrielle Myers Finishing Line Press, release date December 3, 2021 I first got to know Gabrielle Myers in 2016 when she asked if we might like to review her just-published memoir, Hive-Mind. As a former chef in such notable East Bay establishments…

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‘A Dainty Feast of Almost Fairylike Perfection’

Anna Mindess reviews: At the Chinese Table by Carolyn Phillips WW Norton & Company, 2021, Buy Local Link Food and culture are inextricably intertwined. When the young Carolyn Phillips found herself in Taiwan, overwhelmed by the challenge of mastering Mandarin, it was food that provided the keys to learning and appreciating the language, history, and…

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A Winemaker Reflects

Laura Ness reviews: Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine by Steven Kent Mirassou Val de Grâce, release date September 7, 2021, Buy Local Link As a young man, Steven Kent Mirassou fancied himself a writer of novels. Despite his extensive family history of winemaking in California, Mirassou left his home in…

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Climate Action in Our Kitchens

Food Shift’s Kitchen Guide Shares Year-Round Cooking Wisdom   “No one and nothing is left behind in the Food Shift kitchen,” says Jen Franco, culinary director of the Alameda-based nonprofit Food Shift. The Kitchen is home to a culinary training program to transform surplus food—produce that would otherwise go to waste. The students, overcoming employment…

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Tip-Top Popups

Story and photos by Meredith Pakier     The East Bay is exploding with popups whose followers appreciate the high levels of craft and creativity. As the nature of popups is inherently nomadic, locations, menus, and ordering systems change often and quickly, so I’ve found that the best way to keep tabs is to follow…

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