FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

The Gourmet Ghetto (page 3)

Logs of chevre, medallions of which were baked and served atop Alice Waters’s signature salad of baby greens, about 1980

Logs of chevre, medallions of which were baked and served atop Alice Waters’s signature salad of baby greens, about 1980

Laura Chenel went to France in the 1970s, returning to California inspired to raise goats and make the cheese she had come to love abroad.  She was one of the first suppliers of the “new” cheese for restaurants like Chez Panisse.  As demand for goat cheese (chèvre) spread across the country, artisanal producers multiplied.

Courtesy of Laura Chenel

Laura Chenel milking a goat at her farm in Sonoma, California, about 1980

Laura Chenel milking a goat at her farm in Sonoma, California, about 1980

Courtesy of Laura Chenel

Checking the cheese in process, about 1980

Checking the cheese in process, about 1980

Courtesy of Laura Chenel

Packaged goat cheese, about 1980

Packaged goat cheese, about 1980

Courtesy of Laura Chenel

Coffee mug, about 1995

Alfred Peet, a Dutch émigré from a coffee-trading family, started Peet’s Coffee and Tea in Berkeley in 1966.  Peet’s coffees satisfied a hunger for European tastes and flavors. His dark-roast brews started a coffee fanaticism that eventually spawned chains like Starbuck’s. Gift of Howard Morrison.

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Berkeley Food Pyramid, 2002

Berkeley Food Pyramid, 2002

A parody of other food pyramids showing a nutritional hierarchy, this pyramid makes fun (well, not entirely) of the foods sacred to the gourmet ghetto.

Courtesy of Renee Robin and Noreen Rei Fukumori