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Alice Waters - quality food pioneer and advocate
What better field in which to be a pioneer than quality nutrition for families...and children. Alice Waters is such an urban pioneer -- calling on our heritage, our basic need for sustenance...and our urban realities.
Alice Waters is the owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. Alice opened Chez Panisse in 1971, serving a single fixed-price menu that changes daily. The set menu format remains at the heart of Alice's philosophy of serving only the highest quality products, only when they are in season.
Over the last three decades, Chez Panisse has cultivated a network of local farmers who share the restaurant's commitment to sustainable agriculture. In 2001, Chez Panisse was named best restaurant in the United States by Gourmet Magazine.
She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 with a degree in French Cultural Studies, and trained at the Montessori School in London before spending a seminal year traveling in France. Beacause of her interest in children and health, Alice initiated the Edible Schoolyard project in 1995, which incorporates her ideas about food and culture into the public school curriculum.
She is author of eight books, Chez Panisse Vegetables, Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook, Fanny at Chez Panisse, a storybook and cookbook for children, and most recently, the encyclopedic Chez Panisse Fruit.
Alice is a strong advocate for farmer's markets and for sound and sustainable agriculture. In 1996, in celebration of the restaurant's twenty-fifth anniversary, she created the Chez Panisse Foundation to help underwrite cultural and educational programs such as the one at the Edible Schoolyard, that demonstrate the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food.
The Chez Panisse Foundation is a publicly supported, 501c3 organization. Grant activity is focused on The School Lunch Initiative, a district-wide school lunch reform in Berkeley, California.
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