BERKELEY—Former Yoshi's chef Sho Kamio's takeover of O Chame has an intriguing silent partner involved: James Syhabout (Commis, Hawker Fare). He says he's not working on the menu, though. "It's Sho's show, I'm just helping out as a friend." [Diablo Dish]
CALIFORNIA—Bad news for foie gras supporters: a federal appeals court has upheld the state ban today after a challenge from out-of-state producers. [L.A. Times]
BERKELEY—Berkeley will soon be getting a new cupcakery, Cupcakin', from former caterer Lila Owens. In keeping with the local ethos, she'll offer exclusively GMO-free cupcakes, with some gluten-free and vegan options. [Berkeleyside Nosh]
SOMA—Bar Agricole is turning three this weekend, and they'll be offering $3 'Ti Punches and Agricole Planter's Punches, along with live music, on their patio on Saturday night. [EaterWire]
HOUSEKEEPING—It's a summer Friday in the Eaterverse, and like many, we'll be taking this Monday off as well for Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!