Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Cheeseboard

The stretch of Telegraph Rd. that is right by Berkeley Campus was packed to the gills with odd characters. It was hard to tell who was in costume and who wasn't. One old man, dressed in a frilly shirt and sparkly harem pants, jumped on his bike and shouted "Margaret Thatcher" at me as I walked past. A dreadlocked hippie with a couple of dogs sat by a sign that read...
I like:
Soy Milk
(you get the drift)
on our walk home we passed the same camp with a different hippie. 

Our destination was in a part of North Berkeley know as the Gourmet Ghetto. Perhaps best know for the Alice Waters restaurant, Chez Panisse, which is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the Bay Area and made it's name by focusing on fresh and local ingredients. The Gourmet Ghetto is also home to the Cheeseboard, a collective which was started in 1967 and is a worker-owned business. Members of the collective branched out and began the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective in 1985, serving Pizza on Tuesdays. They have expanded and now serve pizza every day- but only one kind. Today's option was Roasted yam and yukon potatoes, caramelized onions, gruyere and mozzarella cheeses, garlic olive oil, fresh herbs. We opted for Barney's Burgers instead. 

  Happy Halloween!