The Berkeley Student Food Collective is throwing their third annual Harvest Gala this month! On Friday, Nov. 18, to be precise, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the David Brower Center in Berkeley! BSFC member Mina wrote us about it, which we appreciate because certain of us (me), being olds (me), had never heard of it.
Mina explains that the BSFC “is a student-run collective that bases the sale of all of its products on four principles: environmentally sound, humane, fair trade, and community-based. We carry mostly vegan (and entirely vegetarian) products and we also have a bakery and kitchen that produce vegan and vegetarian food daily. We are entirely volunteer-run and a nonprofit organization. All of our produce is local (within 250 miles), seasonal, and organic. All of the products we carry must meet at least one of the four standards I listed above.”
Awesome, right? I love co-ops and collectives. I first found true grocery-shopping happiness when I was buying vegan chocolate cake at the Davis Food Co-op (who’s joining the commune?). My inane nostalgia aside, the Berkeley Student Food Collective sounds delightful, and their gala this year is celebrating their first anniversary at their storefront (at 2440 Bancroft Way, No. 102) (in Berkeley, duh). It’s going to be awesome, with hors d’œuvres and a four-course meal and music and guests and drinks, hooray! Tickets are $50 for the full night, $25 for half the night, and you should buy yours before they sell out!
Harvest celebrations! Vegan meals! Vegetarian grocery collectives! Earnest college students! There really isn’t anything better than fall!
OK there’s way to improve it: Mina, who is in charge of pastry and dessert production, says they just tested a vegan carrot cake bite recipe that they’ll be selling in the store next week—this week, perhaps?—and it is delicious. Consider your Nov. 18 planned!