is taking action to save itself from a different sort of threat. In
true Berkeley style, it's inviting the public to a "Referendum on the
Jewish Deli." The goal, say the organizers, is to bring together both
the traditionalists and the ecofoodies to discuss how Saul's can
respond to changing environmental and ethical concerns about food while
keeping prices low and flavors consistent.
They've recruited no less than Evan Kleiman to moderate (even saying the KCRW "Good Food" host's name makes us genuflect involuntarily) and Saul's regular customers Michael Pollan, Willow Rosenthal, and Gil Friend
to participate on the panel. On the table are topics like price,
the declining number of delis in America, and the scandalous fact that Saul's has stopped
selling Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Soda.
Even if we suspect the subtext of the event is "Look,
locavores, even Michael Pollan eats our pastrami," we're sure it will be an interesting discussion.
Referendum on the Deli Menu
Time: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. (snacks at 6)
Location: JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut (at Rose), Berkeley, (510) 848-0237
Tickets: $9.99 in advance, $15 at the door; proceeds go to the Center for Ecoliteracy