Gather Together

Gather is much more than a place to eat, more carefully sourced, passionately created, and openly hospitable than the average eatery. Explicitly conceived as a means for connecting farmers, cooks, and diners with every bite, local and organic ingredients aren’t mere buzz words tossed around these vaulted ceilings, but honest mantras held in the highest regard. A certified LEED Platinum building in downtown Berkeley provides the foundation for this mission without missing a beat.

Guests are invited to take a look into the open kitchen and watch the chefs in action, meticulously crafting dishes at a steady but brisk pace. The great outdoors are welcomed inside, with a comfortable sundeck seamlessly connecting the two spaces, while large-pane windows allow daylight to readily flow throughout. Even the menu itself exhibits this very same openness, boasting plates for every imaginable dietary constraint all in the same breath. Most impressively, the inherent depth of flavor found in food itself doesn’t suffer one bit for all these extraneous considerations. Impeccably fresh produce sings on stark white plates, imploring eaters to join the song, whether they’re vegan, gluten-free, omnivorous, or just plain hungry.

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11 thoughts on “Gather Together

  1. Lovely photos! If you don’t mind me asking, which lens did you use? I am planning on doing a review of the first Venezuelan restaurant in Connecticut, Jojoto, and wonder which lens to bring. Thank you!

    1. How exciting! I grew up in CT and I could never have dreamed of a Venezuelan restaurant setting up shop, so I’m thrilled by this new development. As for my equipment here, I shot the architectural photos with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, and the closer food shots with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply!!! Yes, very exciting! I am glad for them and for us! However, I must say the menu is very limited for us vegan/vegetarians :( Perhaps I will bring along a meat eater or will go for Sunday brunch that have a vegetarian option. The chef is pretty popular in our local TV and has been in a couple of Food Network shows. He is also called the singing chef. He is a great entertainer. Yes, I thought the 50 mm lens has to come along. So great indoors! I own the 1.4 though. But still a good lens :) Cheers! http://www.jojotorestaurant.com

  2. Excellent images of a beautiful concept brought into reality. Lovely storyline Hannah and it will be interesting to see you explore that Venezuelan restaurant ;)

  3. Those photos are beautiful. I love that they’ve put so much thought into the place beyond just the food (though the food looks equally gorgeous!)

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