by A New America. Spring 2012 Newsletter.
Tina grew up on Texas barbecue. She’s always had a love for food, which naturally led her to a life as a chef. Last fall, she opened Smoke Berkeley, a Texas-California-France inspired BBQ restaurant. Tina’s signature dish is a tea-smoked salmon served with ginger-cilantro sauce.
In addition, she sells a variety of smoked meat sandwiches and entrees, including smoked beef brisket and pulled pork. Sides include organic collard greens, jalapeno mac & cheese, griddled zucchini pancakes, coleslaw, potato salad, and Mexican cornbread.
She also serves up fresh squeezed Meyer lemonade. Her desserts have already earned her fame: her chocolate pecan pie received mention in the East Bay Express as one of the top “Ten desserts for the Budget-Conscious”. Everything served at Smoke Berkeley is homemade and the produce comes from Catalan Farms, a local organic farm owned by Maria Catalan.
Tina states, “A New America helped me to align my business, put my business plan together, and learn about the logistics of tracking revenue and inventory. I can’t tell you how much joy I feel when I am able to speak to each of my customers. People want to know that you appreciate their business. I’ve loved every minute of it.”