Lines were long as Boichik Bagels opened its doors on Nov. 29, 2019 in Berkeley. (Alix Wall)
Lines were long as Boichik Bagels opened its doors on Nov. 29, 2019 in Berkeley. (Alix Wall)

‘Bagel Black Friday’ draws big crowds in Berkeley; Latkapalooza fundraiser returns; Choux bakery expands

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On what Emily Winston dubbed “Bagel Black Friday,” Berkeley’s Boichik Bagels finally opened its doors the Friday morning after Thanksgiving. The line stretched around the block, and all 2,000 bagels were sold out by noon. Some people waited over two hours to get their first taste of one. The same thing happened two days later, and again two days after that, selling out by late morning. This is a “soft opening” period, with only bagels and shmears available, but Winston hopes to start rolling out other food items in the coming weeks.


Last year we wrote about David Hermele’s Latkapalooza, which was being held in a restaurant for the first time after growing from a backyard affair where people had to step over extension cords on deep fryers. The event will return this year to downtown Berkeley’s Revival on Dec. 16. Hermele is teaming up with his friend Amy Murray, chef-owner of Revival. Two bands will perform, Lydia Violet & the Bones and Seastars, with all proceeds going to the NorCal Resilience Network. Tickets are $30 for unlimited latkes and homemade sauces, and are available here.


French bakery Choux, open in San Francisco since 2014, will open a second location soon in the Temescal district of Oakland. Choux, which is owned by French Jew Laura Athuil, specializes in French cream puffs. The announcement on its Facebook page said an early 2020 opening is planned. Watch this column for further developments.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."