Tickets for Tuesday night’s Taste of North Berkeley fundraising event sold out. Photo: Ted Friedman

On Tuesday night hundreds of locals turned out for A Taste of North Berkeley, a collaborative initiative held in the city’s Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood to raise funds for Berkeley Unified schools’ threatened gardening and cooking program.

The event was a success, according to the head of the BUSD program, Jezra Thompson. (Read our interview with Thompson published earlier this week in which she outlines her vision for the lauded program and spells out why it needs support).

“We were able to connect with a lot of community members and visitors, talk about the program, and get people excited about what we’re teaching the Berkeley students,” Thompson said speaking of the Taste event which saw more than 20 local merchants offer food and craft samples.

Thompson said the goal of the evening was principally to get the word out about the program, but the organizers sold all available tickets and initial estimates show they brought in a little over $11,000 for the gardening and cooking program.

Contributing photographer Ted Friedman was there to capture the evening in images.

The courtyard at Chez Panisse which participated in the Taste of North Berkeley event. Photo: Ted Friedman
Japanese restaurant Kirala offered samples for A Taste of Berkeley. Photo: Ted Friedman
North Berkeley’s ACCI Gallery was one of more than 20 merchants that took part in A Taste of North Berkeley. Photo: Ted Friedman
Students from Malcolm X Elementary School had a stall at A Taste of North Berkeley. Photo: Ted Friedman

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