Entrepreneur Spotlight

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 states, “AnewAmerica helped me to align my business, put my business plan together, and learn about the logistics of tracking revenue and inventory.” Read more

The East Bay’s BBQ Hall of Fame

A Long Simmering Barbecue Tradition Comes to a Boil

Oakland Magazine, September/October 2012, by Kathryn Jessup.

Tina Ferguson-Riffe, the chef-owner of one of Berkeley’s newest barbecue joints, may have studied cooking at the California Culinary Academy and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but her first inspiration was the pie made by her Aunt Audye.

With her aunt’s tutelage, Ferguson-Riffe would go on to win a blue ribbon for the Best Apple Pie at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas and a blue ribbon for the Best Chocolate Pecan Pie at the Blanco County Fair and Rodeo in Johnson City… Read More

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