After learning about the Burmese side of the now closed Brother's Kitchen in Oakland during Tea Salad month, I headed there a few months later to try the cooking.
I wound up having a wide-ranging conversation with Chef William Lue about humane animal husbandry, organic produce, Hmong farmers, social justice, immigrant cooking, and other topics. He told me that he would be leaving that location shortly in order to work full time on another initiative in Oakland, Grocery Cafe.
Touching base with him the beginning of February, I found out he had just opened The Refined Palate in Orinda. He had an idea to partner with immigrant cooks to train them in developing a menu and running a restaurant. The space in Orinda came up and in less than five weeks, he had it up and running.
I have not had a chance to try it myself. Who can tell us about it?
The Refined Palate
19 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563