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Last week, we introduced you to adorable vegan chef, Chloe Coscarelli. We were lucky enough to stop by her book signing and meet her in person, and boy is she adorable. Chef Chloe came ready to talk about food, and a batch of vegan mini cupcakes (major bonus points). To make matters even more unbearable (and we mean that in a good way), said cupcakes were adorned with glitter.

Chloe gave a talk about vegan cooking and what it means to be vegan, followed by a little Q&A session. Afterward there was a wonderful meet and greet, where the young chef proceeded to sign books and talk to her fans. She spent so much time with each person that the owners of Omnivore Books were ready to close up before she was done! Now that’s too much to handle (also in a good way).

Before Chloe left the bay, we managed to snag her for a quick interview! Check it: read more »

3762643879_78040a2739If the FB guest list of 1,500-plus is any indication, you’ve probably already heard that the Ben and Jerry’s on Center Street will be giving out free cones tomorrow from 12 to 8 p.m.

What you may not know is that the nomtastic event will serve as (rather than simply an ode to overindulgence) Camp Kesem’s fundraiser for the children of parents who have or have had cancer.

It’s like chicken soup for the soul, but even more delicious. WINNING.

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Free Cone Day with Ben and Jerry’s [Facebook]
Earlier: Zanzibar Coffee House

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Come one, come all, for  …  MORE FREE FOOD! The Cal Cooking Club is having its second general meeting of the year, and everyone’s invited!

Sure, you might have tests to study for and papers to write (possibly an unfortunate combination of the two), but everyone’s gotta eat, right? Take an hour to stop by and try some of chef Vanessa Dang’s Vietnamese-French cuisine, a flavorful fusion that’s sure to make your taste buds say “oui!” or something equally positive in Vietnamese.

We don’t have much else to say — we’d rather just let the free, delicious, FREE food speak for itself.

The meeting is set for tomorrow (Nov. 16) evening at 7:30 p.m., sharp (ish) at 2739 Channing Way (otherwise known as the KDR fraternity house), so don’t be too late or you’ll miss out on all the good stuff.

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CCC 2nd General Meeting [Facebook]

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Perhaps you haven’t noticed that we at the Clog are fond of free stuff. In particular, free food. And we’re guessing you’re pretty fond of it too, otherwise we’ve been writing a whole bunch of misguided posts about the various kinds of free stuff you all can get your grubby hands on.

So in the spirit of all things free … and food-related, we’ll let you in on a little secret: the Cal Cooking Club is having its first general meeting this Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7.30 pm.

What does that have to do with anything? You might ask.

Well, friends, the Cal Cooking Club’s general meetings are known for their fantastic live demos brought to you by local chefs that we would totally bow down to, if that wasn’t totally weird. And in case you’re totally clueless, live demos always mean free (and delicious) food.

Still don’t believe us? This upcoming meeting features chef Vange McKilligan from Cheeseboard. Yes, Cheeseboard! We’ll be learning the basics of pizza making from the best in the biz, which means that if you’d like to whip up your own masterpiece at home, you’d better learn from the master first.

The meeting will be held at 159 Mulford Hall—which, honestly, we’ve never heard of until now, so if you’re also confused, check out this handy campus map.

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CCC First General Meeting [Facebook]


We Berkeleyans enjoy having a high opinion of ourselves and our commitment to charity and social justice. And hey, it’s only snobbery if we’re phony about it, right? So we earn our bragging rights by doing things like attending the Berkeley Dance Marathon this Friday April 2 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 3 in the Pauley Ballroom.

It costs $15 to register and you can form your own team or go as an individual. Registration ends March 31 and it’s limited, so sign up as soon as you can. All the money raised goes to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation; in the past four years, it’s raised $80,000. It promises to be “a night full of food, performances, activities, and prizes,” so register here.

The website promises a hypnotist, a dance-off, lots of performances, and free food from the likes of Cheeseboard and Yogurtland. As if that isn’t enough, the theme is the 90′s and it’s actually called “Kickin’ It Old Skool.”

Frankly, you had us at “skool.” We are so there.

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Berkeley Dance Marathon [Berkeley DM]
Dance Marathon [Facebook]


In case you didn’t get to sample the Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake bites offered at the Cal Cooking Club’s first general meeting, the club’s second general meeting is just days away.

Get excited, because read more »

For those unaware, the Clog has the appetite of a big, friendly, unrepentantly omnivorous ogre. We are hungry. Hungry for raw meat. Hungry sleeping in the catacombs of Moffitt, hungry sitting in the fifth row of a LeConte lecture hall, hungry trying not to make an ass out of ourselves during office hours, hungry repelling off the campanile in the dead of night.

Emasculated yet? If you feel like regaining your manhood next Tuesday, March 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., chances are you’ll find us in Lower Sproul, noshing hard at Taste of Berkeley 2010.

This celebration of Berkeley cuisine is the foodchild of ASUC and Christina Lau, founder of Berkeley’s Kitchen. Yes, the woman who reigned supreme in the “2009 Crabby Chef Competition.”

Participating restaurants include: read more »

It’s probably occurred to all of you at some point or another that if Noah’s New York Bagels was instead called Noah’s Berkeley Bagels, it wouldn’t be nearly as successful. As it turns out, the first Noah’s Bagels was started by the semi-mythical Noah Alper on College Avenue way back in the golden age of the 1990s before selling it for a cool $100 million.

And this Wednesday, Feb. 24 between 7 and 8 p.m., Noah himself is coming to Berkeley—specifically, at the Berkeley Hillel Chapel at 2736 Bancroft Way. Before you ask, yes, there will be free food—though if bagels count as a dessert, we’re not sure. The Facebook description: “The founder of Noah’s bagels and free desserts, what else could you want? Anyone is welcome!”

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Getting to Know Noah [Facebook page]

If you answered yes, chances are, you’re a college student. If you answered no, you’re probably a mutant. But for all of you who rejoice at the chance to snack on some complimentary treats, good news: the Cal Cooking Club is holding its first general meeting Thursday, Feb. 11.

The event boasts a demo led by Chef Arielle Bosch, who just happens to be the head pastry chef of Corso Trattoria—a rustic Italian restaurant that’s quickly becoming quite the hot spot of Berkeley’s own gourmet ghetto.

Along with plenty of tips and tricks for pastry amateurs, Chef Bosh will be offering samples of her mouthwatering Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake Bites. Yum.

The meeting is open to non-members as well as returnees, so be sure to stop by 60 Evans Hall from 7-8pm to check out the spread. All are encouraged to join the club in order to participate in future events (restaurant visits, home cooking workshops, and food-related volunteer opportunities are all on the table).

Bon appetite!

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Cal Cooking Club


2547802515_97436f03b6Finals are kind of like being pregnant: they’re painful, you console yourself with the fact they’ll be over soon and you can eat whatever you want without remorse (hey, YoPo is brain food). Oh yeah, and you’re f***ed.

So if you’re feeling especially snacky, or just generally into mooching, we’ve done the work for you. Hey, the least the university can do for stealing your identity is throw you a few donut holes.

What: Free Donut Holes & Coffee/Hot Chocolate

Where: Outside Moffit May 17th 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Catch: You may have to make awkward small talk and/or feign interest in the goals of the Student Advocate’s Office. read more »

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