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Origen (Berkeley): Owners of the Fig Tree in Pleasant Hill have opened another outpost in Berkeley, called Origen. I spoke with owner/chefs Trace Leighton and Daniel Clayton a month or so ago when I was doing marketing work for Diablo. Origen, which means “from the source” in Catalan, will work with local farmers and farmers markets to produce a fresh, market-driven menu. Like their Pleasant Hill location, the menu will be seasonal and committed to certified-humane products. Expect wood-fired pizzas, a made from scratch paella, and a five-course menu (although items will be available a la carte).
2826 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. OrigenBerkeley.com.
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