Our series on corner stores in the age of COVID-19 turns to Star Grocery, a Claremont neighborhood market that has been feeding Berkeley for 98 years.
Berkeley man at center of new book, ‘Tangled Vines’
Mark Anderson, who is serving a 27-year prison sentence, attended John Muir Elementary School and enjoyed many favorite childhood haunts in the Claremont neighborhood.
Animal rights activists smash Star Grocery windows
FBI agents visited Star Grocery on Monday to investigate a broken window the government believes was smashed by animal rights activists.
Gilman Street Gals cook up sweet treats in Westbrae
The Gilman Street Gals: Christine Falatico Frey, Anastasia Widiarsih, and Clarine Hardesty. Not shown: Carolyn Wong In a teeny tiny, dark commercial kitchen on a small shopping strip on Gilman Street in Berkeley’s Westbrae neighborhood, four full-time, female food artisans, and a few part-timers too, are turning out sweet baked goods that have earned them […]
June Taylor’s way with fruit: esoteric, steeped in history
June Taylor in her Still-Room. All photos by Sarah Henry. June Taylor crafts the kind of conserves and fruit confections that make food writers swoon. Case in point: Amanda Hesser’s description of Taylor’s preserves. “They are unlike any commercial preserves, not simply because she uses esoteric — virtually all organic — fruits like bergamots, kadota […]
Berkeley Bites: Minh Tsai, Hodo Soy Beanery
Minh Tsai: making impressive headway promoting a humble little legume. Minh Tsai is on a mission to make tofu the next hip artisanal food. He knows he has a ways to go to get many Americans to even taste tofu, but if anyone can make it cool to eat bean curd, this enthusiastic self-described tofu […]
Berkeley Bites: Suzanne Schafer & Shari Washburn, Ebbett’s Good to Go
The Twitter handle pretty much sums things up. Two food-obsessed moms try to have their cake and eat it too: Start a food truck and still be home with the kids. Meet the newest truck on the block to hit the streets of Emeryville. You can’t miss the baby-blue colored vehicle emblazoned with the Ebbett’s […]
Michael Pollan speaks on egg recall
Local food expert Michael Pollan was on CNN Monday night explaining why no one should be surprised that 550 million eggs have been recalled because they may have been tainted by salmonella. Salmonella in eggs can be linked back to the 1970s and 1980s when industrial farmers started crowding chickens together to streamline their growth, […]
Essence of Berkeley: Food shopping as worship
Berkeley's Farmers' Markets: outdoor tent revivalists? In case you missed it, a post on this site last week elicited an entertaining rumination by Berkeleysider EBGuy on Berkeley’s food stores and their role as our new cathedrals — or temples, or synagogues. More Berkeleysiders weighed in with their analogies. Here’s the full list (so far): Farmers’ Markets: […]
Does Berkeley have crummy sandwiches?
Bakesale Betty's fried chicken sandwich San Francisco Magazine, that oversized, glossy love letter to food and fashion*, recently named what it considers the best sandwiches in the Bay Area. And, if you can believe it, not a single sandwich in Berkeley was selected. There were sandwiches from Oakland (Bakesale Betty’s chicken and coleslaw on a […]