Wednesday, September 28, 2011

100 & Inspiring People: Alice Waters

Well, this will be my 100 post in this little corner of the internet and I wanted to make it special by dedicating it to a inspiring person (this little series started here). And who better than a woman that single handedly changed the way we look at food and restaurants, Ms. Alice Waters. 

- A young Alice Waters at her iconic restaurant-

As a Berkeley graduate, I am so proud that this community is the home of Chez Panisse, one of the first restaurants to advocate for seasonal and locally grown ingredients. The restaurant is celebrating its 40th year anniversary and Water's commitment to food education and social responsibility is shinning more than ever through the Chez Panisse foundation. The foundation helps bring healthy and backyard-grown food menus to schools around the area through the Edible Schoolyard Project

-Artichokes being prepared at Chez Panisse-

So as a celebration of 100 posts, 40 years of Chez Panisse and 1 truly inspiring woman, here are some great articles, delicious recipes and beautiful pictures from the restaurant's anniversary celebrations.

- Chez Panisse celebration at the U.C Berkeley Art Museum- 

The New York Times Magazine and Edible Shelby coupled up to offer a series of articles on the 40 year anniversary celebrations you can find them here, here and here!

For more information about the woman behind the delicious food check out this NPR piece.

-Alice Waters answering questions for children in Berkeley-

And if you are wondering what Ms. Waters' favorite food is here is her simple answer:

"A grilled cheese sandwich. It's been that way my whole life. It's a grilled cheese sandwich with some great sharp cheese and it's on a whole wheat loaf of bread ... and I always serve it with pickled vegetables. I love my grilled cheese sandwich and I probably eat it with a glass of wine."

If all this talk about food is making you hungry, I suggest watching this lovely video and following its simple instructions for a mouth-watering treat and a thirst-quenching drink!

So cheers to healthy food and supporting local farmers. Happy hump day everyone!



  1. awesome! we were always supporters of chez panisse and the school i used to work at in SF was involved in the edible schoolyard project. i never actually ate at the restaurant though. it's still on our to-do list for one of our trips back home.

  2. yum that grilled made me hungry. I always love hearing about inspirational people :)

  3. great post, didn't really know much about her. thanks for sharing. and congrats on 100 posts!

  4. Grilled cheeses are my favorite sandwich too! That photo has me drooling :-)

  5. Such a beautiful post, and a perfect topic for 100!

  6. Alice Waters is such an inspiration and I love that she loves grilled cheese (I have to try it with pickled vegetables!)

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  7. Thanks for stopping by - I'm loving this post!

    xo, chrissy

  8. Grilled cheese is my absolute fave! I completely agree with Waters' statement - sharp tasting cheese is absolutely the key to a great grilled cheese sandwich.

  9. You went to Berkeley?? So did I! Small world! Chez Panise and Alice Waters are both fabulous! And so is grilled cheese! But I like mine with Brie, slices of Granny Smith apples and watercress. Yummy!

  10. I cannot believe I've never been to Chez Panisse!

    Now I just have to!

  11. Oh Alice... when shall we go? I'll eat her artichokes any day (just ate one for the third day in a row)... so sad the season is coming to an end. Now I also want a grilled cheese. Too bad I have neither bread nor cheese.

  12. I never heard of her before. She sounds very inspiring.

    And yes, I'm finally getting a little sleep...a little .-)).

  13. This is making me hungry! Congratulations on your 100th post! I feel like I might celebrate for you with a grilled cheese :). And I will definitely be trying Chez Panisse next time I'm in the area.


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