Chez Panisse: ‘A sense of things being made by hand’

  BERKELEY, Calif. — In this bustling college town is the world-famous Chez Panisse, which will celebrate its 44th anniversary later this month. The restaurant is known for fresh, local produce and its menus hat change daily to reflect that. Teen Observers staff got a preview of a typical day recently on a tour with General Manager Jennifer Sherman,…

The many faces of the Berkeley Farmers’ Market

BERKELEY, Calif. —The Berkeley Farmers’ Market has been a hotspot for organic foods, coffee, live music and flowers. The market has about 65 vendors, each stand different from the other. Beet Generation Wendy Siguenza, a local vendor for the organic juice company Beet Generation recently spent her first Saturday at the Berkeley Farmer’s market behind her stand at one…

Preparing Chez Panisse starts early each day

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jennifer Sherman, general manager of Chez Panisse, gave the Teen Observer staff insight into the restaurant’s life, where the menus change daily in both the fixed-price restaurant and the more informal cafe, where diners can order a la carte. It’s early on a Monday morning, and at 1517 Shattuck Ave here, not from the…

Semien glad for family support in Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marcus Semien grew up in the Bay Area as a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan. Today, he is the starting shortstop for the Oakland A’s, and he couldn’t be any happier. Semien grew up in El Cerrito, California, and attended high school in Berkeley. He played many sports throughout his childhood, but…

Chez Panisse: Where local produce and fine dining come together

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s 10 o’ clock on a Monday morning and a delivery man is walking with freshly butchered lambs on each shoulder, heading toward the freezer. Chefs in their crisp, white uniforms are prepping for the hectic day ahead, each with their own specific job. Some are preparing meat; others are hand-picking the best raspberries out of the multiple…

Semien: ‘Just focus on today’

OAKLAND, Calif. — What went through Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien’s mind in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles last Tuesday when he hit that home run? “Before that at-bat they walked a guy to get to me… gave me a little bit of extra fire to do more,” Semien said in a recent pre-game interview with the…

Berkeley market brings community together

BERKELEY, Calif – The weekly Berkeley’s farmers’ markets, headed by the nonprofit organization for eco-education, The Ecology Center, bring together all different aspects of the Berkeley community. Organic, raw sauerkraut and vegan, chocolate ice-cream pop up among the many new innovative foods at the weekly Berkeley Farmers’ Market. But some stands are rich in history and tradition. Artie Flores works…

What do people say about the water shortage?

BERKELEY, Calif. — With the weather in some parts of California at a record high this summer and water conservation measures still in effect, many people are noticing changes to the scenery and are taking a bigger part in saving water. For the recent updates on the water shortage, click here. Takiyah Franklin from North Oakland, California, says…

Chez Panisse: more than just a restaurant

  This month marks the 44th anniversary of Chez Panisse. General Manager Jennifer Sherman recently gave a behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant to the staff of the Teen Observer. When creating Chez Panisse in 1971, Alice Waters was inspired to have her customers feel as if they were going to a “dinner party” where “generosity and attention to…