Thanks, Alice.

In Events, Local food on August 23, 2011 at 7:34 AM

In celebration of food, let’s toast to Alice Waters.

If you aren’t familiar with that name, Alice is quite possibly the most important person in food in America in the last 50 years or so. Alice was the original “slow food” movement. She’s a chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, which opened in 1971 in a house in Berkeley, CA. Over the past 40 years, the restaurant has received a multitude of honors and inspired hundreds of prominent chefs across the world to use locally sourced ingredients.

Now the restaurant — and Waters — are both the subject of a new coffee table book, 40 Years at Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering.  In the spirit of Alice, find it at your local bookstore, if you’re lucky enough to still have one around. In the meantime, take a listen to this lovely little piece from NPR, Alice Waters: 40 years of sustainable food.

On the occasion of the Chez Panisse 40th birthday The Market Restaurant is joining restaurants around the country in support of Edible Education. On August 28th they’re partnering with a local school garden project and donating proceeds from the evening. The Market owners and chefs Amelia and Nico worked at Chez Panisse before moving back to Gloucester to open their restaurant. I’m disappointed I’ll be in Nova Scotia and unable to enjoy what’s sure to be an amazing menu.

The Market Restaurant co — chefs Nico Monday and Amelia O’Reilly. © North Shore Dish

The Market Restaurant co — chefs Nico Monday and Amelia O’Reilly. © North Shore Dish

Don’t live near me? Learn more and find a restaurant near you at www.eatingforeducation.org.


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