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Narsai David on "Berkeley and the California Cuisine Revolution"

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Narsai David, food and wine entrepreneur and raconteur, will reflect on the local food scene before and after the opening of Chez Panisse.

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In conversation with author and publisher L. John Harris, Narsai David will recount what he calls an evolution and what others have called a revolution. As a chef and then a radio and TV personality, he participated in and witnessed at close hand the emergence of the notion of California Cuisine.

Narsai David came to UC Berkeley in 1953 and has lived in Berkeley ever since. He was hired as manager of the Pot Luck Restaurant in 1959 and eventually became a partner. He started a catering business in 1970 and catered many events for rock impresario Bill Graham, the Napa Valley Wine Auction, SF Symphony and others. He ran Narsai’s Restaurant on Colusa in Kensington from 1972 to 1986, with a market next door selling baked goods and gourmet products from 1978 to 1985. He has written a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, served as food and wine editor for KCBS radio, hosted nationally syndicated TV shows, and made celebrity chef appearances worldwide.

L. John Harris is an artist, food writer, publisher and filmmaker. A Berkeley resident since the 1970s, he is the author of The Book of Garlic (1974), Foodoodles: From the Museum of Culinary History (2010), and Café French: A Flaneur's Guide to the Language, Lore and Food of the Paris Café (2019), and he is currently working on a book on Berkeley food history. His Aris Books published numerous cookbooks in the 1980s.

Suggested donation $5 to $20 to benefit Berkeley Historical Society

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