A Refreshing Experience—The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley

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

There is always a long line in front of the open-table pizzeria.

There is always a long line in front of the open-table pizzeria.

One style of veggie pizza per day

One style of veggie pizza per day

Cheese Board Collective has been employee-owned and operated since 1971.

Cheese Board Collective has been employee-owned and operated since 1971.

Made with local produce.

Made with fresh local produce.

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.

10 thoughts on “A Refreshing Experience—The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley

  1. I’m intrigued by how the Cheese Board Collective has been able to be so successful while serving only one type of pizza each day. It’s a very interesting business model.

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