Tanya Holland brings TV glitz to West Oakland
Now the neighborhood has finally landed a development from a TV star, albeit on a slightly smaller scale and a lot more healthy: Tanya Holland, who previously hosted "Melting Pot" on the Food Network and ran the kitchen at Le Theatre in Berkeley, is opening Brown Sugar Kitchen next month at the former home of Triangle Cafe at Mandela and 26th.
The concept is "cooking with soul" using "locally grown, organic and seasonal ingredients whenever possible." Wines are from African American California vintners -- and from the South of France. There will be microbrews -- and Blue Bottle Coffee.
Think of soul food combined with formal French training. The recipes in Holland's cookbook should give you some idea.
Holland is doing a cooking demo Friday night at the Museum of California (in Oakland).
More in my Business Times update: Food Network star to open West Oakland restaurant (free link)