Gourmet Ghetto.org is a project of the North Shattuck Association, which was incorporated as a non-profit corporation to administrate the property-based business improvement district (PBID) established in 2001. The PBID was formed by a majority vote of area property owners to improve and promote the North Shattuck commercial area. The district includes commercial properties along Shattuck Avenue from Delaware to Rose Streets, and on Vine Street from just below Shattuck to Walnut Street. The NSA provides district maintenance services, completes public improvements, installs pedestrian amenities, assists area merchants, and does marketing and special events.

Board Of Directors
Cathy Goldsmith

The Cheeseboard
The Produce Center

Vice President:
Laszlo Tokes, V.P.

Walnut Square Center, LP

Margo Lowe

M. Lowe & Co. Jewelers

Kirk Mc Carthy
ACCI Gallery

Ito Ripstein
Vine Street Investments

Daniel & Hillary Goldstine
1600 Shattuck Avenue

Peter Levit
Saul’s Delicatessen

Mary Canavan
Thornwall Properties

David Shamszad
The Shamszad Group

Meetings & Minutes
Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at noon.  Each quarter, this meeting is coupled with a General Association meeting with topic of interest to all businesses and property owners.  All meetings are open to the public.  

Please contact us to be placed on the emailing list, and for copies of minutes from the latest Meetings.  Each year the Association produces an Annual Report to the City of Berkeley.  Click on the elink below for the 2014-2015 fiscal year report.
Annual Report of the North Shattuck Association FY 2014-15


About North Berkeley’s  “Gourmet Ghetto”
The restaurants, boutiques, and galleries along Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street in North Berkeley share and emphasis on unique, artisan-products and services.  Sidewalk cafes, flower stands, bakeries and fine food purveyors lend the area a wonderful European ambience. 

Gourmet Dining & Take-Out
The North Shattuck area has been popularly known as the “Gourmet Ghetto” since the 1970’s because of its concentration of innovative restaurateurs including Alice Waters, whose world renowned Chez Panisse Restaurant is considered as the cradle of California cuisine.  Other pioneering local businesses are the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea in historic Walnut Square, the collectively owned Cheeseboard bakery and cheese shop, the tiny Juicebar Collective on Vine St., and the Poulet deli, which just celebrated 34 years in business.  Two Chez Panisse alums opened Cesar, a lively tapas restaurant and bar which stays open late.  Gregoire offers fine French-inspired gourmet take-out items from a tiny shop on Cedar St., a historic former water pumping station has been transformed into Vintage Berkeley Wine shop, and Cha Ya serves up specialty vegan sushi.  More longstanding neighborhood favorites include the French Hotel Café, Cha Am Thai, Masse’s Pastries, LoCoco’s Sicilian, and Saul’s Delicatessen.  Epicurious Garden opened in 2006 and added a collection of gourmet take-out, including Kirala Sushi, Soop, Lush Gelato, and Alegio Chocolate - which can be enjoyed in their secluded courtyard - along with sit-down restaurants Mint Leaf and the Imperial Tea Shop.  The Kitchen on Fire cooking school is upstairs, offering a range of culinary classes. Chef Wendy Brucker brought her renowned talent to the district with the opening of the casual, always packed, Italian bistro Corso Trattoria,and Bay Area favorites Crepevine Café and Philz Coffee opened outposts at the corner of Cedar and Shattuck.  The chef-artists at Guerilla Café serve up organic cuisine with a social conscience and host a number of “pop-up” nights by other budding chefs. Oliveto alums Monica and Aaron Rocchino recently opened The Local Butcher Shop, offering local sustainably raised meats used from “nose to tail”.

Boutiques & Jewelry
On and around Vine St. and Walnut Square, Earthly Goods, Molly B., Lobelia, Bryn Walker, Beauty & Attitude, Aura Jewelers, The Walk Shop, and Zaver & Mor carry distinctive clothing, shoes, lingerie and jewelry. Kid Dynamo’s selection includes eco-friendly children’s clothing, gifts, and furniture.  Next door to Chez Panisse, M.Lowe & Co. Jewels offers an eclectic selection of fine jewelry including high carat gold and pearls.  Foxglove Boutique, near Delaware St., features clothing, accessories, and jewelry from local designers. Ethnic and handmade jewelry can be found at several area shops, including A Priori Designs, Tibet Imports, Juju Himalayan Craft, and the ACCI Cooperative Gallery store.


  Galleries & Artisans
The Gourmet Ghetto is known for it’s high quality shops, jewelers, and galleries with an emphasis on unique, artisan-produced wares.  In Walnut Square, Twig and Fig specializes in custom letterpress printing and A Priori Designs offers artist-produced home décor and assessories.   For over 50 years, the A.C.C.I. Gallery has presented the work of California artists and craftspersons and hosts a lively monthly opening, while the new Firehouse North Gallery shows work and offers classes in a variety of mediums.   Handmade celtic jewelry and crafts are found at Celtic Inheritance, and Baubles and Beads offers an array of beads from around the world, as well as beading and jewelry making classes.
Health, Beauty & Wellness
North Shattuck is also home to many unusual health and wellness oriented businesses, including Heart Source, the Acupressure Institute, and the YogaKula Healing Arts Center.  A range of holistic practitioners also have offices in the area, and there are a number of salons and spas offering a range of natural beauty treatments, including Vine St. Salon, Peter Thomas Hair Design, and Panache Day Spa.  In Walnut Square, Holistic Hound offers homeopathic remedies and natural pet products.

Music, Events & Festivals
The Gourmet Ghetto is alive day and night with music at the Cheeseboard Pizzeria, Mint Leaf, Saul's, and Nico's Hideaway in Walnut Square, and wine tasting each afternoon at Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop.  The North Shattuck Association has worked to bring a full calendar of events to the area. 

On Thursday afternoons year-round, The North Berkeley Farmers’ Market features all organic produce, locally caught fish, baked goods and other specialties in a vibrant street market near Rose St.  A walking culinary tasting tour is offered a partnership with Edible Excursions twice per week, with stops around the district for tasty samples and a behind the scenes experience with local chefs.  The ACCI Gallery, Mythos Gallery, and nearby Berkeley Art Center host artist receptions each month, along with films, workshops, and artist talks.

Annual events include the Snow Day Festival, the Gourmet Ghetto Wine Walk, the Taste of North Berkeley Restaurant Walk, and the Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival - a unique event which brings together artists and chocolate lovers for strolling and sampling of chocolate creations by the area’s restaurants and shops.  In 2012, the area hosted the first Sunday Streets Berkeley, which closes in the fall for Shattuck and Vine St. for a host of activities including yoga and bodywork demonstrations, music, and wine tastin
Nearby parks and venues include the Live Oak Park and Theatre, the Hillside Club, and the Jewish Community Center, which host a range of plays, author readings, movies and music performances.


Contact Us:
Heather Hensley
Executive Director
North Shattuck Association
1700 Shattuck Ave. #318
Berkeley, CA 94709

Phone (510) 540-6444



GourmetGhetto.org is managed by the North Shattuck Association, promoting business, arts and culture on Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street