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Oct 13, 2010 12:15 PM

Gourmet Ghetto Spice of Life festival (Sun 10/17) and Gourmet Ghetto walking tour?

I never knew there was a Gourmet Ghetto website. Has anyone been to the festival in the past? Has there been one in the past? I don't see anything about it on Chowhound

Some sort of email I get from the East Bay Express mentions the festival. Here's more info because the promised info on the website doesn't seem to exist.... such as the full list of street carts and lineup of the Chef's stage

Anyone taken the walking tour? Is it worth the $60?

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  1. Here's the vendors list + cooking demo schedule:


    The food vendors have been pretty lame in the past but it looks like they're getting serious about it this year: Chairman Bao, Hapa SF, Jon's Street Eats, Namu, Paul's Paella, Primo's Parrilla, Scream Sorbet, Tru Gourmet amongst others. I'll definitely stop by for lunch.

    439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

    Scream Sorbet
    5030 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

    Tru Gourmet
    San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

    Jon's Street Eats
    Pleasant Valley Ave Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

    Primo's Parrilla
    Oakland, Oakland, CA

    Chairman Bao
    San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    Hapa SF
    San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: Morton the Mousse

      Thanks. I won't be there this year, but maybe next. Hope a few people go and report back. Hmmm ... the vendors Moonlite Bakery and Coração Confections are new names to me.

      Damn .. they stole my idea (though it was Gautemalan granizados) Skylite Snowballs – – Baltimore-Style Snowcones with Homemade Syrups

      Didn't know Baltimore had a special type of snowcone.

      Good for Catahoula Coffee for showing up. I like them but always worry they keep too low of a profile.

      Your favorite place ... I say that dripping with insincerity .. Bistro Liason is serving duck and fig sandwhiches.

    2. Moonlite Bakery and Coração Confections I've seen at the Berkeley Farmers' Market. Moonlight on Saturday and Coração (raw chocolates) on Tuesday.

      Berkeley Farmers' Market
      2530 San Pablo Ave office), Berkeley, CA

      1. That "festival" has been around for way more than a decade. It used to be on Shattuck from about Cedar to Rose. It was no FBD then and I'm sure it still is. Forget about shopping at Andronico or having lunch at Chez Panisse Cafe when it's going on.

        Chez Panisse
        1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

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        1. re: dlglidden

          Really? It is being advertised as the 8th Annual... Was it just called something different before then?

          1. re: CarrieWas218

            I think it was just called the Shattuck Street Fair and it certainly predated the term "Gourmet Ghetto" now used to describe that part of Berkeley.

            1. re: dlglidden

              "Gourmet Ghetto" dates back to the late 70s and was a more apt name than it is now back when Lenny's, The Pantry Shelf, Pig by the Tail, Cocolat, and Vivoli were there and Bruce Aidells was at Poulet.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Yeah, the good old days. I was thinking about Lenny's just yesterday.

                1. re: wally

                  I think fondly of Lenny's every time I use my Leonardo de Meatici large wooden mallet.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Lenny's! Ah for the good old days. Even though we were "starving students" back then we could enjoy/afford veal chops parmesan with attached kidney using the recipe from the Co-op Cookbook and get the chops with kidneys from Lenny's. I've been trying to purchase them for the last 10+ years without success.

                  From the reports of this year's street fair, it seems obvious that it's a pitiful shadow of its former self. Pity.

                  1. re: dlglidden

                    We get our veal chops with attached kidneys at Lunardi's in Pleasant Hiil. . . the meat counter reminds me of Petrini's (dating myself now),

                    1. re: Stephanie Wong

                      Wow! Thanks so much Stephanie. I just called them (they're actually in Walnut Creek at Geary & Pleasant Hill Rd.) and they say they almost always have them but to call ahead to check and reserve the chops before driving all the way out there. And that's just what I'm going to do. And BTW, isn't that the location of the old Walnut Creek Geary Rd. Co-op grocery store (also dating myself now)?

              2. re: CarrieWas218

                Before it slowed to a walk, it was a running race called the "Brie to Bakeries."

            2. I went last year


              seems like they are stepping it up a notch this year in terms of street food vendors. most of the vendors last year were shattuck restaurants, like the solano stroll with solano ave restaurants.

              1. Nice variety of food. Scored early,finally, at Chairman Bao with baked pork belly, steamed duck and pork. Tutmark coffee tasted and found quite good. Nasty winter weather somewhat of a downer with umbrellas galore. Is this usual or is this "Climate Change"?

                Chairman Bao
                San Francisco, San Francisco, CA