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December 27, 2023

Flat Food to Feed People

Community-based organizations are finding innovative ways to address food insecurity through bottom-up organizing, including Planting Justice, Community Kitchens Oakland, West Oakland Punks with Lunch, and Rogers and Rosewater, which are driven by the passion to take care of fellow humans.
September 25, 2023

A Call for Authenticity

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September 25, 2023

Raising Bagels

Sfizio
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June 27, 2023

Sfizio

Whether it’s pillows of gnocchi, spaghetti strings or the twisted strands of casarecce, the homemade pasta dishes at Matt Solimano’s Sfizio make one forget that other Italian restaurants exist. Even though Solimano, whose heritage is Italian, claims...
The Casein Point
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April 26, 2023

The Casein Point

The East Bay is in love: with cheese. It’s that simple. Survey anyone about curdled, pressed and in other ways casein made magnificent—even ask total strangers—and find ample testimony and proof that cheese is either just one...
Playing with Food
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April 26, 2023

Playing with Food

From novice, clumsy kitchen explorers, to kids hungering to use their own hands to make oodles of noodles or pizzas from around the world, to master chefs shoring up established skills or learning new techniques, anyone can...
Pizzeria da Laura
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April 26, 2023

Pizzeria da Laura

Having only been open a couple of weeks, Pizzeria da Laura is already making a ton of dough. Alongside the Grandma, Meyer is making a classic New York thin crust, Sicilian squares and a Detroit deep dish. It sounds like a TV slogan from the 1980s, but there’s really something for everyone.
Upstairs Downstairs
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February 27, 2023

Upstairs Downstairs

The warming flames that emanated out of the stone hearth downstairs inspire a pub-like coziness. Risotto, pizza and gnocchi are on the menu, along with the feeling that intimate conversations, epiphanies and revelations are taking place at every table.
Chef James Syhabout's Commis
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November 25, 2022

Chef James Syhabout’s Commis

At the start of a weeknight meal service, a young, curly-haired commis, or assistant chef, asked his boss if he was plating an oyster dish correctly. Chef James Syhabout studied the plate for a nanosecond before directing the commis to rearrange the layers. Unlike a reality TV kitchen, the Michelin-starred chef of Commis didn’t shout at or berate his employee. Syhabout answered the question simply, neutrally, without an emotional flourish. The commis nodded, replied with an affirmative acknowledgment and returned to his station for a second attempt.
The Rendez-Vous, a new Frenchified boîte on the other side of Temescal.
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October 25, 2022

The Rendez-Vous

The Rendez-Vous is a new Frenchified boîte on the other side of Temescal.
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