A Day in a Life Full of Chocolate Story and Photos by Anita Chu It’s five-thirty in the morning and the storefronts on College Avenue in Rockridge are dark and quiet, but the kitchen in the back of Bittersweet Chocolate Café is glowing with life. For the next three hours, all the pastries that will…

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An Interview with Rancher Brian Kenny Brian Kenny is relatively new to the grass-fed beef business, but he has a great deal of experience in both specialty agriculture and artisan food marketing. He is also a regular contributor to Edible East Bay. We caught up with him recently to discuss Hearst Ranch Beef the growth…

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Our farming community suffered a terrible loss with the recent passing of Laura Jane Trent, an extraordinary and humble farmer who died suddenly on September 28, 2006. Laura’s 23-acre Tip Top Farm in the Vacaville region supplied exceptional produce to the Berkeley and Oakland farmers’ markets, and graced the tables of Chez Panisse, Oliveto and…

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No, not exactly, but we have plenty of wineries here in the East Bay’s waterside cities—15 of them, at last count. In the summer of 2006, the East Bay Vintner’s Association came to life with the objective of promoting the wineries located in Alameda, Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. These urban wine makers, who started to…

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Jewish Life in Food To my family fortune, recipe boxes remain from my mother and my great-aunts, adored sisters to my grandmother. Kugels, blintzes and gefilte fish are remembered delicacies, dishes that bring nostalgia and love of family to the table. Keeping kosher was important to my great grandfather, Menachem Mendal, first American patriarch of…

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Sierra Adventures, Part I Story by Cheryl Koehler | Photos by Mark Middlebrook We don’t have much of a winter here in the East Bay. Rather than a glistening cloak of frigid white, we get carpets of plush grassy green. It makes me feel frisky—like a newborn lamb in springtime. It was in such a…

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  Matsu=Pine, Take=Mushroom By Anthony Tassinello The idea of finding dinner in the wild is a foreign one to most people, let alone those of us who grew up in the shadow of the big city. Perhaps this is what drew me, some 10 years ago, to forage for a near-sacred wild mushroom that grows,…

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MY BEAUTIFUL GROCERY STORE A Grower’s Valentine to Monterey Market By Lisa Brenneis I started paying attention to grocery stores when Jim and I started looking for customers for our Pixie tangerines. Since then, I can’t seem to stop thinking about grocery stores. Let me explain. Jim searched in LA, but prospective customers were either…

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FLAVOR MOST FOWL: A Chicken Saga BY MARK MIDDLEBROOK   PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAROLE TOPALIAN Michael Wild, executive chef and founder of the Bay Wolf, was on a roll. I’d expected him to wax poetical about duck, for which the restaurant is renowned. Instead, he was riffing on chicken: “People love chicken. I love chicken. I…

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BY CHRISSA VENTRELLE   The East Bay food community is a generous bunch. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Five Star Night, the annual fundraiser for Alameda County Meals on Wheels. This event showcases our abundant local culinary talent as top chefs volunteer their time and skills to prepare a gourmet meal for about…

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