Ex-Gather Sous Chef Rolls Out Boffo Cart

We spotted Boffo Cart at the weekly farmers' market at Emeryville's City Hall (Thu., noon-7 p.m.). The tent, named after a 1940s superlative, was selling salads, piadini, panini, and calzones. We ordered the latter ($6) and received something the size of a kid's softball mitt stuffed with chard, caramelized onions, and wild mushrooms. Though the dough looked underdone, it turned out to be an ideal combo of crisp and soft.

The venture is the brainchild of Rhasaan Fernandez, a 15-year restaurant veteran who has been an executive chef for Frank Lloyd Wright resorts, commis at Sonoma's Santi Taverna, and most recently opening sous chef at Berkeley's Gather. He's currently revamping the menu at Sam's Log Cabin, a road house in Albany built in 1939, with house-cured meats and local produce.

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