While dining out in Berkeley always means that you're in store for something delicious, today dining out in Berkeley also means you're helping out thousands of students throughout Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD).
At present fourteen schools (from pre-K through to high school) across BUSD receive federal funding to support Berkeley's well known Edible Schoolyard program. The Edible Schoolyard program provides children in public schools the opportunity to learn about food and nutrition by growing and cooking fruits and vegetables themselves. It's an important program and one that is at risk of being lost.
As of this October, BUSD will be losing all of its federal funding (approximately $1.9million) to run the Edible Schoolyard program. Without this funding the program can not continue to operate.
For today only a large number of Berkeley's restaurants, cafes, bakeries, pizzerias, take out joints and coffee spots will be taking part in Berkeley Dine Out. These establishments will be donating a percentage of their sales for the day to help keep the program alive. If you're in the Bay Area please help out by dining at one of the participating eateries.
You can find out more about Berkeley Dine Out, including a full list of participating eateries, at their website: http://berkeleydineout.com
To whet your appetite here's a look at how we're helping the cause by eating around Berkeley today...
After dropping Ava off at school Lola and I headed straight to The Cheese Board, the first on our list of Berkeley eateries to visit today. Being Thursday, it's our favourite day to visit The Cheese Board: Asiago Schtick Day! Oh how we wish they made asiago schticks everyday. They're one of favourites.
We also grabbed a copy of The Cheese Board's book "The Cheese Board Collective Works". I've been meaning to get a copy for a while and today seemed like the best time to pick one up.
Here's Lola picking out and paying for our asiago schticks.
|Mmm... asiago schticks|