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SF street food parties spread to Berkeley

Posted by Patricia Borns  June 29, 2011 08:18 AM

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Full-sized fried drumsticks. Veggie pockets stuffed with fungi, shallots, parmesan, and creme fraiche. With new Bay area mobile gourmets hitting the street almost every day, how does an eater keep up? Off the Grid organizes weekly street food parties so you can find them in one place without Twitter.

There's a street food party for every day of the week, starting with the grandaddy at San Francisco's Fort Mason on Fridays from 5 to 10pm, where 30 vendors and tents gather. Recently Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto became Off the Grid's first East Bay location. The party's on every Wednesday from 5pm - 9pm at Shattuck and Rose. Five trucks work the scene regularly and five more rotate in and out, so the menu's
constantly refreshed.

While you're in town, you might see exec chef Peter Levitt brining, curing, rubbing and smoking his own pastrami at Saul's Restaurant and Deli on Shattuck Ave. When his sole supplier of grass-fed organic beef pastrami skipped state to Nebraska, Levitt decided to do it in-house as a labor of love. Just not every day.

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