Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chez Panisse

 “Slow Food reminds us of the importance of knowing where our food comes from. When we understand the connection between the food on our table and the field where it grows, our everyday meals can anchor us to nature and the place where we live.” Alice Waters

This is the culinary philosophy of Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and Vice President of the US Slow Food Movement. While a student at Berkeley in the 1960s Alice lived abroad in France where she learned how to cook local ingredients fresh from the market. In 1971 she opened Chez Panisse and essentially pioneered California cuisine which is based on local, seasonal, organic, and sustainably grown foods.

As a chef, author, activist, and advocate of school lunch reform, she was awarded Restaurant Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2007. In 2001 Chez Panisse was named best restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine and since then has been labeled one of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” (2002-2008).   “good, clean, and fair food for all”

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