Virtual Exhibit: Berkeley’s Fascination with Food
Welcome to the Berkeley Historical Society’s first online exhibit, “Berkeley’s Fascination with Food,” created by a team of volunteers during the pandemic of 2020.
The history of food in Berkeley brings up a lot of different ideas in different people: Chez Panisse and the “Gourmet Ghetto,” of course. Celebrity chefs and food writers. Nostalgia about restaurants of the past. Our wonderful farmers’ markets and produce stores, and the evolution—often called a revolution—in what Americans eat. The emergence of fast-casual dining, upscale food trucks, and a rich abundance of ethnic food choices. Looking back to the nineteenth century: the farms, ranches, and orchards that originally dominated the Berkeley landscape. Looking way back, how the indigenous Ohlone people ate before the Europeans arrived. So much to explore!