Sunday, February 27, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
By Matthew Stafford
The East Bay's dazzlingly abundant dining options span the globe and the socioeconomic spectrum, offering locals and tourists alike everything from the nationally acclaimed expense-account pleasures of Chez Panisse, to the snacking opportunities along International Boulevard, to the impressive new eateries of Oakland's restaurant renaissance. From among this embarrassment of culinary riches we've chosen eleven eateries that strike a balance between the affordable and the pricey, the popular and the underpublicized, the old and the new. These aren't necessarily the most famous restaurants in the region, but they represent the wide range of choices the East Bay offers, and serve spectacular food to boot.
The food at the BoilerHouse Restaurant (1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, 510-215-6000, BoilerHouseRestaurant.com) is perfectly tasty and satisfying — deluxe American pub grub like Niman Ranch sliders, spicy Cajun shrimp, inventive California-style pizzas. But the best reason to drop in is the setting, a beautifully restored Depression-era factory-deco auto assembly plant. Sawtooth skylights, factory sash windows, silver-painted old boilers, terrazzo tabletops, terracotta flooring, and vintage gears, chains, and pulleys create a unique dining ambience.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan ArchitectsLocation: Richmond, California, USAProject Team: Marcy Wong (partner), Donn Logan (partner), Kent Royle (project manager)Preservation Architect: Preservation ArchitectureGeneral Contractor: Dalzell CorporationInteriors: Marcy Wong Donn Logan ArchitectsLandscape: SWA GroupStructural: The Crosby GroupMechanical: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.Plumbing: Mechanical Design Studio, Inc.Lighting: Architecture + LightAcoustics: Charles M. Salter AssociatesProject Area: 525,000 sqfProject Year: 2009Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography, Alex Vertikoff Photography, Charles C. Benton, Steve Proehl Aerial Photography, Anna Finke
The designers’ vision for the rebirth of this magnificent edifice was to retain yet enhance the architectural aspects of the original building’s awe-inspiring shell, continuous bands of steel sash windows and floods of daylight, while maintaining its original waterfront relationship. This goal to renew the building was driven by an impetus to salvage and restore features inherent to the building’s architectural spirit, plus to visually reinforce the building’s highly repetitive structural, fenestration, and skylight modules where intervention elements were necessary for the current tenants and uses.
“Intervention elements” of our century: lighting, furnishings, free standing buildings within the building, rooms, stairs, ramps, platforms, walls, etc, placed and designed to work with existing 1930′s industrial architectural features are most apparent in the results for the Boilerhouse Restaurant / Cafe, SunPower Corporation and Mountain Hardwear projects. Low-water usage landscaping was designed on the building’s west side to reflect the more public and formal façade. Lighting internally and externally was a way to highlight the building, particularly at night. The red-lit stack of the Boilerhouse, itself an icon of the project, is especially arresting at night.
Public venues: Craneway Pavilion, Boilerhouse Restaurant/Cafe, wharf with ferry access, and the Bay Trail (a bicycle / pedestrian path encircling the entire San Francisco Bay) have immediate waterfront access. The acre-sized Craneway is built over the water on piers and surrounded on three sides by a wharf and water. Restored historical 35’ high windows, running the full perimeter of the Craneway connect users with unobstructed views of the Bay making the waterfront’s beauty a public treasure. As a current day cultural and community asset, the transformation of the acre-wide Craneway from a WWII tank factory to the site of performances is phenomenal: since the project completion, the venue has seen dance (Merce Cunningham), music (numerous professional orchestras), circus (Cirque du Soleil), and countless other types of private and public functions. Rollup glass doors along the south facade further blur the line between inside/outside drawing even stronger connection with the waterfront for both building and user.
Presenting a holistic approach to cannabis hemp in the context of Earth Day, Deep Green will offer a full day and evening exploration and celebration of cannabis and our relationship as a species to the natural world. • Luminaries, Expert Panels and Workshops• Over 50 Exhibitors, with a Gourmet Natural Food Zone• Evening Concert and Late Night Dance Party• Educational and Art Installations – including the Hemp House!
Top experts, industry leaders, artists, researchers, social activists, environmentalists and journalists will convene in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 23, for this groundbreaking public presentation of the personal, social and sustainability dimensions of cannabis.
More event info and tickets:
Monday, February 7, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Where: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, 510-735-1133
When: Sat., Feb. 19, 2-6 p.m.
Cost: $28 (includes parking, entry, four chocolate tickets, and two beer tickets)
The rundown: This sweet spot in SF Beer Week pairs suds (including the debut of Rosie the Riveter Ale and selections from Drake's Brewing, 21st Amendment, Marin Brewing Company, and more) with cacao and confections (provided by Tcho, Coco Delice, Galaxy Desserts, and Bittersweet Cafe), with proceeds to benefit Alameda's Children's Learning Center.
Reserve online via Craneway's site
Posted at SF Weekly.com by Tamara Palmer.
Full post at: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2011/02/chocolate_meets_beer_in_richmo.php