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Berkeley’s Gather Restaurant Serves Up Local, Sustainable Food
Posted By Trey Farmer On December 20, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In green Interiors,Recycled Materials,social responsibility | No Comments
Gather  is a restaurant located at the heart of the sustainable food movement in Berkeley, California. Designed by Nicole Sillapere of Sillapere Design , the beautiful eco restaurant is housed in the greenest building in Berkeley, The David Brower Center . The chefs serve up local seasonal fare from some Bay Area favorite farms like River Dog  and Devils Gulch  paired with biodynamic wines from Verdad  and other eco wineries — places that are proving that responsible farming can heal the land. The restaurant itself is made of beautifully re-purposed materials like seat benches made from leather belts and banquet tables made from old high school bleachers.
Gather is one of the most recent additions to the DBC , and they fully embrace the ethic of their neighboring world changers like SAGE , The Earth Island Institute  and The Center for Ecoliteracy .
In their words: “Always Possible. When we hear people use the words “whenever possible” which are used quite often in regard to organic, seasonal and/or sustainable food, we have a slightly different take on things. Truth is – it’s always possible. If an ingredient can’t be found, we use something else. It’s that simple.”
Sit down at a table made from an old water tank and look around at the cabinetry in the open kitchen that used to be a pickle barrel. Have a meal at the bar lit by old Ketel One Vodka bottles in the comfort of the ultra-efficient HVAC system and check out the ‘source book’ to find out what town your sandwich grew up in; it’s worth it.
Gather is dear to this writer’s heart — it was opened by the folks behind Back To Earth Catering , a former employer of mine and the first job I’ve had that I really felt good about from an environmental standpoint. Both of these organizations are virtually zero waste and fully committed to excellent food from only the most responsible sources.
+ Gather 
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 Gather: http://www.gatherrestaurant.com
 Sillapere Design: http://www.sillapere.com/
 The David Brower Center: http://inhabitat.com/david-brower-center-is-a-green-built-non-profit-community-hub/
 River Dog: http://www.riverdogfarm.com/
 Devils Gulch: http://www.devilsgulchranch.com/
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 SAGE: http://www.sagecenter.org/
 The Earth Island Institute: http://www.eii.org
 The Center for Ecoliteracy: http://www.ecoliteracy.org/
 Back To Earth Catering: http://www.backtoearth.com/
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