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What Cal Alumni Are Saying about the Berkeley Food Bracket

For the past two weeks, our Berkeley Food Bracket has encouraged Cal alumni to vote to advance their favorite UC Berkeley-area local food establishments. Now, it’s down to the final two, and things are getting pretty contentious. Here’s what you should know happened in our Final Fork:

Vote for Your Berkeley Food Bracket Chompion

64 Berkeley food and drink establishments entered our bracket, but only one can be crowned the ultimate Berkeley food champion.

With the help of hundreds of UC Berkeley alumni, we’ve narrowed down these delicious rivalries to two final contenders who vie for the title: the Durant Food Court and The Cheese Board Collective

Komal Ahmad ’12: Feeding the World from San Francisco

At just two years old, Komal Ahmad ’12 had already decided: she wanted to become a doctor. “I thought that was the only way you could help people,” she remembers. Komal kept this goal close to heart throughout her childhood, even as she immigrated with her family from Pakistan to the United States.

When time came for Komal to go to college, she set her sights on Cal, fully intending to pursue a career as a doctor in the US Navy. The reality that Komal found at Berkeley, however, led her in a new direction.

The Final Fork: Cast Your Vote in the Berkeley Food Bracket

Since the founding of our university in 1868, bright, young students have arrived at UC Berkeley hungry for knowledge, learning, and—well—just hungry. With access to a multitude of food and drink options in the city of Berkeley and surrounding East Bay area, it’s no surprise Cal alumni can discuss the virtues of Berkeley’s food establishments with as much passion as we do our athletic teams.

Sweet 16: Learn More about Your Food Bracket Contenders

You voted in the Berkeley Food Bracket and we listened! To learn more about the restaurants, both old and new, that have made it into the Sweet 16, check out the list below. Even the biggest Berkeley foodie is sure to be surprised by the stories of these restaurants that have helped shaped Berkeley through the decades.

Centenarian Cal Alum Fredrika May ’41: An Eyewitness to History

War loomed, the Great Depression giving no relief to a worldwide economy mired in a financial malaise. Many Cal students were forced to leave the university, their education no longer affordable. But Fredrika May (née Doelker) ’41, known to friends and family as Fredi, dreamed of a law degree.

Trailblazers in STEM and Business: Celebrating Cal Alumni in Black History

For Black History Month, we will be highlighting a series of Black Cal alumni trailblazers who have made significant accomplishments in their fields. These individuals were selected for the notable impact they have made in their communities, professions, and in the world. Although there are many more notable Black Cal alumni in both STEM and business, here is a glimpse at just a few individuals who have made a significant impact.

See a timeline of Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History.

Ankur Nagpal’s Teachable Moment

For Ankur Nagpal ’09, his first day of CalSO (the orientation for new UC Berkeley freshman and transfer students, now Golden Bear Orientation) was also his first time in California—and America. Ankur was born in India but grew up in Oman, and it wasn’t until high school that he decided to pursue his college education in the United States.

“My dad had the idea for me to study in America because it was something [my parents] had wanted to do, but never did,” Ankur says. He applied to many different schools around the country, but ultimately decided to go to Cal.

Trailblazers in the Arts: Celebrating Cal Alumni in Black History

For Black History Month, we will be highlighting a series of Black Cal alumni trailblazers who have made significant accomplishments in their fields. These individuals were selected for the notable impact they have made in their communities, professions, and in the world. Although there are many more notable Black Cal alumni in the arts, here is a glimpse at just a few individuals who have made a significant impact.

See a timeline of Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History.

Trailblazers in Government: Celebrating Cal Alumni in Black History

For Black History Month, we will be highlighting a series of Black Cal alumni trailblazers who have made significant accomplishments in their fields. These individuals were selected for the notable impact they have made in their communities, professions, and in the world. Although there are many more notable Black Cal alumni in Government, here is a glimpse at just a few individuals who have made a significant impact.

See a timeline of Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History.

11 Shuttered Berkeley Establishments Cal Alumni Still Cry Over

Every Cal graduate was once a UC Berkeley student with preferred watering holes and places to grab a quick bite to eat. Time, however, has changed the foodscape around Berkeley. Many of these old haunts are no longer in business. Here are eleven shuttered Berkeley establishments that alumni still cry over.

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