Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Taste of North Berkeley restaurant walk

One of the great food corridors in Berkeley is the Gourmet Ghetto, home of the famed Chez Panisse, the upscale food mall Epicurious Garden and local favorites like Café Gratitude and Gregoire. If you’ve never been, I recommend tomorrow's Taste of North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto restaurant walk. Twenty-seven restaurants, galleries and shops will offer food and wine tastings from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 a person and proceeds benefit the Lions Club Community Fund.

Participating businesses include Bistro Liaison, Cioccolata Di Vino, Fertile Grounds Café, Firehouse North Gallery, Trattoria Corso, Party Sushi, Café Gratitude, Sala Berkeley Boutique, Thai Delight Cuisine, Taste of the Himalayas, Poulet, Crepevine, Chick-O-Pea’s / Barney’s, Gregoire, Andronico’s Market, Cha-Am Thai, M. Lowe & Co. Jewelers, Mint Leaf, Alegio Chocolaté, Imperial Tea Court, Picoso Taqueria, SOOP, Kirala 2, Vintage Berkeley Wines, Chester’s Restaurant and Bar, Saul’s Deli, & Lo Coco's Restaurant.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations or at the event at 1495 Shattuck Ave.

ACCI Gallery – 1652 Shattuck Ave.
M. Lowe & Co. – 1519 Shattuck Ave.
Holistic Hound – 1510 Walnut St.
Darling Flower Shop - 2004 University Ave.

A few of the highlights from the sample menu:

Café Gratitude: Live coconut curry soup
Bistro Liaison: Quenelle soufflé, salmon and scallop mousse with shrimp and cream sauce
Trattoria Corso: Pork belly sandwich
Kirala 2: Choice of sushi rolls and vegetable croquette

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