Restaurant Review: Gather, in Berkeley, Calif.

Ari Derfel and Eric Fenster were not yet born in 1971 when Alice Waters opened the seminal Chez Panisse, paving the road that brought local, seasonal cooking into the mainstream. But with Gather, their 148-seat restaurant, these self-described “pathological optimists” are turning that road into something of a four-lane...

2010 Diablo Eco Awards

David Brower Building Wins For: Creating a Model Eco-Headquarters in Downtown Berkeley. Named after the pioneering East Bay environmentalist, Berkeley’s David Brower Center opened last May to provide a LEED-Platinum HQ for like-minded organizations. This eco-activist hub is home to an übersustainable restaurant, progressive art gallery, and 29 green...

David Brower Center Wins Best New Green Building Award

The David Brower Center in Berkeley, California received the Best New Green Building award from the San Francisco Business Times. This is the third award bestowed upon the project in the last year. In May 2009, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)—a regional planning agency incorporating various local...

A Fine Message

What this country needs are pristine landscapes and fine cars to drive through them at top speed (how gorgeous are Pacific sunsets glimpsed from twisty cliffside roads!). Seriously, how to reconcile these conflicting imperatives? David Maisel’s magnificent aerial photographs of the parched 200-square-mile Owens Lake (east of the Sierra...

High-Performance Green Buildings

It pays to go green with new construction. According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), green buildings cost no more to build—and sometimes less—when project teams take an integrated design approach that considers sustainability goals throughout the whole building lifecycle. Consider the example of a green office complex...

Salgado: Misery and Art

The demons of confusion are always with me at large-scale photo exhibitions of Sebastiao Salgado. They didn’t fail to come by during a recent visit to the David Brower Center Hazel Wolf Gallery. How am I to interpret this image? Am I seeing art, or reportage? Which sector of...

Gather Opens in Berkeley

There’s a message in that name. Gather, the new 148-seat restaurant in downtown Berkeley’s David Brower Center, signals the gathering of community and local ingredients as well as recycled materials for its construction and design. Co-founders Ari Derfel (Back to Earth Organic Catering) and Eric Fenster brought vision to...

New Restaurants, New Chefs, New Beard Papa and New Holiday Treats

Next up, Gather at the David Brower Center opened this week in Berkeley. Reclaimed wood and other reused materials that were — yes — gathered from around the Bay Area make up the interior of honey and sand hues. Old Sonoma high school bleachers were turned into banquettes and...