Bay Area’s barbecue boom

New spots put stamp on regional favorites

San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, 2012. By Janny Hu.

West Coast Twist: Smoke Berkeley chef-owner Tina Ferguson-Riffe grew up in Texas, where her father, an avid hunter, would bag wild game and smoke it in their backyard pit.

These days, Ferguson-Riffe combines those lessons with a West Coast sensibility, offering brisket and pulled pork alongside tea-smoked salmon with cilantro sauce and zucchini pancakes… Read More

Opportunity Fund Helps Tina

Born and raised in Texas, Chef Tina Ferguson-Riffe tapped a unique source of start-up funding to get Smoke Berkeley, her new BBQ restaurant, off the ground. “I got a call out of the blue. It turned out my… Read More