Gather Restaurant: vegan food without the cliches

Together the words ‘vegan’ and ‘Berkeley’ typically conjure images of holier-than-thou hippies, leaning on the horns of their Range Rovers, reeking of patchouli. Gather Restaurant turns those stereotypes upside down. Its menu of locally sourced ingredients and a list of biodynamic California wines is so artfully prepared and beautifully presented that it raises the bar on the legendary home of California cuisine, Chez Panisse.