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Happy Birthday, Chez Panisse

Alice Waters is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her restaurant Chez Panisse.


Courtesy of Chez Panisse Foundation

This August, the mother of the slow food movement, Alice Waters, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her Berkeley restaurant in typical food-conscious fashion. The folks at Chez Panisse are planning a series of events to raise money for Edible Schoolyard National, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity by promoting healthy food education in schools. Below is a list of anniversary highlights. For more info, go to chezpanissefoundation.org.

Local National Treasure
In a ceremony at Berkeley Art
Museum, the Smithsonian Institution
will induct Waters into the National Portrait Gallery. The evening event will include an avant-garde art installation, plus hors d’oeuvres and cocktails prepared by Chez Panisse chefs. Friday, Aug. 26, $100, bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Saturday Suppers
Chez Panisse celebrates with music and dancing while alumni chefs prepare meals across the Bay Area in the private homes of such local foodies as Cecilia Chiang and Angelo Garro. Saturday, Aug. 27, chezpanissefoun

Professor Waters
This fall, UC Berkeley debuts a new two-unit upper division Edible Education 101 course cotaught by Michael Pollan. Guest lecturers will include food journalist Raj Patel, nutritionist Marion Nestle, and Waters herself.

Go to diablomag.com/chezpanisse for a Q&A with Waters.

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