The Feast has up a great video about the making of the vegan charcuterie plate at Gather in Berkeley. That charcuterie is freaking delicious, and I love how fucking fancy it is. Bring on your puréed this and your flambéd that, you bougie weirdos! My current goal is to be a rich fat cat who just eats vegan charcuterie all day. Tomorrow it might be to eat a pie the size of my couch, but today? Today it’s the fat-cat charcuterie thing, and I’m currently taking applications for people who want to dump money on my face for nothing in return! Except maybe some naked vacuuming, because that’s something I already enjoy doing!
That’s the vegan charcuterie plate from Gather in Berkeley. First off, it’s pronounced, “shar-cooter-ee”. (Tee hee). Unlike in my piggy dreams, it’s not a giant plate of vegan sausages topped with more vegan sausages (never-ending vegan sausages!) but rather, a refined spread of the freshest market vegetables. Healthy? Boo! Actually, no, I can roll with the snobbiest eco-foodies around. Bring on your fancy vegetables, Gather. Bring me your roulades and your chiffonades and your other bougie food words I don’t fully understand. The charcuterie (tee) is a delightful dish of different vegetables sliced, diced, julienned, and combined to create a taste sensation heretofore unknown. Mushroom pâté, eggplant “brandade,” and carpaccio of watermelon radish and turnip. Don’t understand a word I just typed but damn, was it tasty.
They also have amaaaaazing cocktails that include infused vodkas and fresh muddled fruit and unique liquors. They are also a million dollars each but you only live (your drunken life) once! I also recommend the vegan soup, it is fantastic. All in all, lots of good vegan options in a very Berkeley environment WHICH I LOVE BECAUSE I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT ALL CITIES. I don’t know, I’m tired and I think you should all check out the vegan charcuterie (teehee) plate when you get a few extra dimes in your pocket. Plus, if you’re still hungry, you can head next door to Saturn and get your french fry on. That’s right I said GET YOUR FRENCH FRY ON. Learn it, live it, love it. OH AND I FORGOT TO MENTION (thanks, MD!), the vegan pizza with lipstick peppers and cashew cheese was the bomb GET IT.
A good chunk of this review was straight gaffled from my SFist column, which is all about the best of the best of vegan eats in and around San Francisco. If you go “like” it and perhaps leave a complimentary comment and then shoot me an email, I’ll send you a complimentary comment over email that I tailor to your specific awesomeness. I can also send you an insult if you’re into that, you big weirdo.
Our favorite Olympian, horrendous dinner parties, vegan Peep(er)s, Gordon Ramsay’s blood, dogs dogs dogs and MORE in this week’s link-o-rama! »
Aww, Hipster Puppies: “bernie moved to san francisco because it was more ‘laid back’ and ‘anti-consumerist’ than new york, but still manages to drink two cups of starbucks a day.”
First: Fun-times events!
The Bay Area Vegetarians are having their monthly Vegan Food Party on Sunday, Feb. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sharp Park Library in Pacifica! Click here for details and to RSVP.
Further adventures with BAVeg: The monthly Vegan Dinner, this time on Thursday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. at Loving Hut in Palo Alto! Details here.
Hey North Bay, Shollenberger Park needs your help! It is apparently one of North America’s premier bird sanctuaries, and threatened by the possible installation of an asphalt plant on its borders. Yes, an asphalt plant, which, gross. Help the birds, already!
We haven’t checked out Chronicle restaurant reviews in a while. Michael Bauer went to Gather, where chef Sean Baker, formerly of Millennium, cooks terrifying vegetarian and vegan food and reassuringly meat-tastic dishes like soups of goat and duck. Thank god, we can all get along! Even if “the staff can be a little strident,” those fucking hippies.
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative has $400 million for grocery stores to open in “food deserts,” i.e., areas where you can only buy food at convenience stores. Hopefully this won’t all go to Wal-Mart. But, yay groceries! Everyone needs groceries, duh.
Hey so sea lions have returned to Pier 39 after a months-long absence. No, we don’t know where they were, why they left, or whether these sea lions are even the same ones who used to chill there. It’s all very mysterious. If only someone could speak sea-roar.
Koalas are catching a species-specific disease called koala retrovirus, which acts upon their systems like AIDS does on humans—i.e., it makes them more susceptible to other illnesses that then become lethal. Because what we need are fewer koalas.
The often useless California legislature is debating the creation of an online animal abusers registry, which would apparently function similarly to the sex offenders and arsonists registries. It’s sponsored in part by the Animal Legal Defense Fund; read more details here. (link via SuperVegan!)
The new nightmare dinner party: a butter-n-cheesestravaganza of Paula Deen recipes. Questions: would it all still taste like shit if you veganized it? Probably.
Foreign Policy magazine has a photo essay about life as a dog in China. There aren’t any explicitly gory or violent images, but some are disturbing.
So that’s vile: Jeremy Fox’s "other interests" now include an appearance at Cochon 555, an event in which five (5) chefs and five (5) winemakers prepare a dish from five (5) dead pigs. GET IT? We know he’s made it quite clear he was never a veg chef, and his exact role in this bloodbath is unknown, BUT STILL.
Are you nauseated yet? How does this collection of canned animal products make you feel?
In generally freaky food-related news, robots—partial and full-bodied—that cook! Well, sort of. Some of them ingest beer, and another “recount[s] awful jokes and chuckl[es] to herself.” I don’t know. At least robots don’t eat meat, right? Eh?
Brown Ramsay (duh!) makes a delicious vegetable-and-fingernail stir-fry with Ellen! This video is only a teeny bit gross.
Gather is a fancy-ass new restaurant in Berkeley brought to you by a former Millennium chef! Sorry about this title, I can’t do better right now. MY APOLOGIES. »
Millennium, you just can’t stop. And we don’t want you to. Hot on the heels of Eric Tucker’s Encuentro, another Millennium chef, Sean Baker, opens Gather in Berkeley. It’s stated on the site that the restaurant will always be 50 percent omni (read: meaty meat) and 50 percent vegetarian—so what, 25 percent vegan? Not bad for the obnoxious bougie eating scene in the gourmet ghetto of Berkeley.
The menus (warning: it’s PDF. GOD SO ANNOYING) have clearly marked vegan options (clearly marked gluten-free options too, kinda snazzy), including pizzas and main dishes. Nothing looks too inspired but might be a good choice for a place to take family members who simply can’t live without their cheek-of-dead-pig salad BARF.
Worth noting that there are no vegan desserts on the menu and I cannot stand for that. Dude, you came from MILLENNIUM, you know what’s up. Hire a pastry chef with some fucking skillz. Shit, it’s like backwards day around here.
Bonus points for a full bar. I love a full bar. Minus points for having drinks with egg whites (what’s with that? salmonella, anyone?) and another one called the “spajito”. That just sounds gross to me. Further, I’ll totally order one.