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Mission Cheese’s Berkeley Spinoff Reveals Itself, and More A.M. Intel

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A rendering of Maker’s Common
A rendering of Maker’s Common
Maker’s Common

Take a look at Mission Cheese’s Berkeley spinoff

Maker’s Common, the upcoming Berkeley food market from Mission Cheese, has officially broken ground for a mid-April opening, and new renderings of the space reveal the team’s vision. The drawings — above — show an open floor plan, with seating surrounded by counters to purchase all the cheese, charcuterie, wine, bread, and beer your bespoke heart desires.

The Alembic has a new chef and dinner menu

With its expanded dining room and new executive chef David Faro, cocktail bar The Alembic has launched a new dinner menu with dishes like squid ink spaetzle, sweetbreads with gochujang, and pork belly with clams and smoked leek chowder. Check out the new dinner menu in full below.

Last year’s crab season was officially a “disaster”

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declared the 2015 to 2016 California Dungeness crab and rock crab seasons a “disaster.” That paves the way for potential relief funds for crabbers and fishery businesses from Congress, though it could take years to appear. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo said she will reintroduce a bill to provide more than $138 million in disaster relief, the SF Examiner reports.

Birba gets a new chef, as the restaurnat rallies around an attacked employee

Hayes Valley wine bar has an all-new Spanish small plates menu from new head chef Nicole Lou, who joins from Perbacco and Bacar. Expect dishes like moules frites and Galician pulpo. Lou will also be preparing a special dinner tonight, January 23 of pozole, with all tips benefitting Genaro, a Birba cook who was attacked last week. You can read more about that and donate to the fund here.

Dominique Crenn in conversation

Dominique Crenn
Dominique Crenn
Chef's Table/Netflix

Longreads dove deep on two-Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn, chatting with her about the more esoterical parts of her restaurant Atelier Crenn, such as “the role of memory and literature in food, the emotions of taste, the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated industry, fame, and how she, like Picasso, has created a fundamentally new style — where her canvas is a curious mix of ingredients and memory.” Head here for the full read.

Sammy Hagar’s Mill Valley bar adds liquor

Former Van Halen frontman and now-restaurateur Sammy Hagar has finally gotten a full liquor license for the bar next door to his Mill Valley restaurant El Paseo. Along with a brand-new cocktail menu, The Passage Bar — tucked into the brick walkway leading to the restaurant — has also revamped its small plate bar menu.