Over the weekend, I got a chance to visit the famous Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley.
Cheese Board Collective is known for its one-style-per-day veggie pizza as well as its cheese and bakery. It is comprised of two stores: a cheese and bakery shop (”Cheese Board”) and a pizzeria (“Cheese Board Pizza”) two doors away. Along with the famed Chez Panisse and Peet’s Coffee, Cheese Board Collective contributed to the formation of “The Gourmet Ghetto” – the North Berkeley business district which not only became as a culinary destination of the San Francisco Bay Area, but also popularized the concept of California cuisine.
While devouring a few pieces quickly, I could tell that the ingredients were really fresh. This is partly because the store only makes one type of pizza each day so customers always get their pizza fresh from the oven. But more importantly, the freshness of Cheese Board’s pizzas comes from something more fundamental—the farm-to-table concept of California cuisine. By using fresh, locally-grown produce, the pizzeria is able to make truly fresh taste that endears everyone’s heart.
An old saying crossed my mind: You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy pizza, and that’s kind of the same thing.
Indeed, I had some really fresh pizzas—which made me happy.