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...

A la Carte: Berkeley’s Gather, Orinda’s Republic of Cake

It’s not as if Berkeley didn’t have enough restaurants already, but that embarrassment of riches just got more blush-worthy with the opening of Gather this week. Executive chef Sean Baker, who hails from San Francisco’s Millennium, is putting the emphasis on seasonal, farm-fresh food for vegetarians and omnivores alike....

Gather: East Bay grub that’s organic but tastes good

When you hear either the word “Berkeley” or the word “organic”, two things come to mind, and they are the other of those words. Making that a good thing, Gather. From two Bay Area “food activists”, Gather’s a 150-seat eatery that’s 100% committed to making organic, farm-to-table fresh grub...

Brower Center’s New Restaurant Opens

A few days before it opened in early May, we got a sneak peek at Downtown Berkeley’s David Brower Center, a 50,000-square-foot multi-use space hailed as the East Bay’s “greenest building.” Designed to be 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional structures of its size, featuring zinc siding, photovoltaic panels,...

Green Building in Berkeley

Several compact Meyer Sound audio systems are part of Berkeley’s new, low carbon footprint David Brower Center. The new David Brower Center’s low carbon footprint has made an impression on the environmentally progressive city of Berkeley, Calif. From photovoltaic power and natural lighting to compact Meyer Sound audio systems...

Surviving the Downturn: Environmental Nonprofits Face a New Economic Reality

The groups that act as stewards for the earth’s oceans, land, water and wildlife are facing a new battle: the poor economy. With the national unemployment rate hovering around 9.5%—the highest it’s been in 25 years—and more than 14.5 million Americans out of work, funding for the nation’s large...

David Brower Center, New Green Building, Opens in Berkeley with Meyer Sound

The new David Brower Center’s low carbon footprint has made an impression on the environmentally progressive city of Berkeley, California. From photovoltaic power and natural lighting to compact Meyer Sound audio systems in the gallery, auditorium, and meeting rooms, the building is both earth-friendly and inspirationally high-tech. Occupants of...

The Nexus of Art and Social Documentary: The Photographs of Sebastiåo Salgado

BERKELEY – The David Brower Center, a new institute for environmental and social action that opened recently in Berkeley, has chosen an appropriate subject for its inaugural exhibition. Then and Now features 25 large-scale black-and-white images by the renowned Brazilian documentary photographer and environmentalist Sebastião Salgado. Although small in...

Brower Center aims to be hub for community

I’ve just finished a tour of the David Brower Center. The center’s home is a state-of-the-art green building that faces the tennis courts on Allston Way in Berkeley. Its spot was formerly a parking lot that belonged to the City of Berkeley, which donated it to the Brower Center...