May 31, 2013 |
Bernhard Mairinger, the young (under 30) chef/owner of BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, is so tall - 6 foot 7 inches to be exact, he looks like a giant working in the tiny open kitchen. And everybody else looks like a shrimp. He doesn't want to be tall alone, so every June, he offers a free meal at his modern Austrian bistro for anyone who measures taller than the chef. Of course he doesn't just take you at your word. You have to be measured (without shoes) in the restaurant. Just so you know, if you have to duck under the doorway to enter, you're probably home free.
March 8, 2013 |
Bay Area television stations reported that a fire broke out just after 3 a.m. on Friday morning at Chez Panisse, damaging the facade of the famed Berkeley restaurant, founded in 1971 by pioneers of the local food movement including chef Alice Waters. Waters, speaking from her home in Berkeley, told the New York Times that no one was injured and an investigation by fire officials was underway. Waters said that the fire, which started under the porch, burned away the facade of the restaurant.
January 21, 2012 |
Little bistro, huge impact. Like a different sort of miracle of the five loaves and two fishes, Chez Panisse, the landmark Berkeley restaurant, and its founder and guiding spirit, Alice Waters, have leveraged a small temple of slow, local and organic food into a massive force in the culinary world. Now that appetite for a new/old food culture has begun to register on the public's consciousness, if not always on its plate. Waters is clearing her table of most everything but the Edible Schoolyard Project : If we are what we eat, she wants children in class, on the playground and in the cafeteria kitchen to change their identities by the forkful.
November 22, 2011 |
Here is a nightmare assignment for a restaurateur: Cook for 250 people using all-organic ingredients procured locally in a country infamous for its tainted food supply. Create a romantic setting in a latter-day fortress, the fluorescent-lighted U.S. Embassy. Alice Waters' celebrated Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, was transported to Beijing last week as part of a four-day U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. Berkeley and Beijing don't have much in common except as food writer Michael Pollan, another delegate, sarcastically put it, "both are socialist paradises.
May 20, 2010 |
Deborah Madison has a new cookbook out called "Seasonal Fruit Desserts," and I think it might be her best one yet. Of course, I think everything she does is terrific, but then I'm prejudiced. We've been friends for 25 years. It all started at a late-night party in the mid-'80s at the International House of Pancakes in Lubbock, Texas. Yes, you read that right. It was an after-party for a benefit concert for my old friend C.B. Stubblefield (Stubb's Bar-B-Q), and there was a crowd of musicians - Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Terry Allen.
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April 2, 2010 |
Upstairs in the packed cafe of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters is ensconced in a wood-paneled booth, looking at a kumquat souffle. She studies it solemnly, a judge appraising a defendant. "Is it really as high as it should be?" she asks. "And why is it on such a big plate?" She pauses. "I wonder whether it needs a sauce. Is it brown enough? And why are these leaves under here?" Frowning, she takes one in her hand. "Are they kumquat leaves?" (They aren't.) Jean-Pierre Moullé, the head chef, heard about it the next day. "She wasn't happy," he said, sighing.