Slow food capital continues to thrive

BERKELEY, Calif. — “I grew up in New Jersey. This way of eating is irresistible,” says Varun Mehra, assistant to Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse. “This way of eating” has been, for more than 40 years, to create food that is 100 percent organic and locally grown. The restaurant has been placed on numerous…

Chez Panisse soon celebrates 41st anniversary

BERKELEY, Calif. — The sidewalk transforms into maroon steps with a soft wooden overhang covered in vines that lead to a rustic sign: Chez Panisse. The small building exudes a feeling of intimacy and almost appears as if it were a small home. Soft, dark wood and the warm aroma of goat cheese soufflé and mussel…

Alice Waters’ push for a healthier lifestyle

BERKELEY, Calif. — Hidden along the busy streets on the northern end of Berkeley lies a unique restaurant. Made with fresh and organic foods, Chez Panisse welcomes up to 500 people per day for lunch and dinner. Even though prices escalate throughout the week, its organic and local fare draws in many customers. All of the ingredients are brought in from local farms,…

Markets draw a crowd

Four times a week, people from all over gather in Berkeley for one reason: to shop. Instead of designer-name stores stand canopies that sell fresh produce, flowers and even those much-needed morning coffees. The Farmers’ Market in Berkeley has been active since 1987 and it has been bringing the community together ever since. The shoppers are…

Farmers’ market comes ‘full circle’

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Maevey family  skips the supermarket. They come to the Berkeley Farmers’ Market to shop for their groceries and to teach their daughter, Shannon, how to be healthy, they said. They are trying to turn an ordinary trip to the grocery store into a fun and educational family event. When first approached and…

The farmers’ market family

BERKELEY, Calif. — Whether you pull up in a bus of 40 students or walk a mile like the locals of downtown Berkeley, the looming white canopies of downtown Berkeley’s Farmers’ Market are hard to miss. The savory smells of  homemade crepes mixed with the warm, comforting scent of out-of-the-oven bread draw people into the stalls the way flowers attract bees.…

The road not taken

  BERKELEY, Calif. — “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost mirrors Alice Waters’s journey on a path less taken at the time, 40 years ago, when she established her restaurant, Chez Panisse,…

Small restaurant spurs revolution

BERKELEY, Calif. — Walking into Chez Panisse, one can tell this is no ordinary restaurant. Chez Panisse gives a relaxed yet romantic atmosphere, while still serving the highest standard of healthy food. The restaurant downstairs has low lighting, mahogony furniture and fresh flowers that fill the room with a sweet, elegant aroma. The cafe upstairs, being…

A Fresh Start

BERKELEY, Calif. — California natives are notorious for craving only the healthiest, most delicious organic foods in the state. The Berkeley Farmer’s Market feeds these indulgences with fresh produce, bread, and pastries. However, it is the unique backgrounds and hard work of the vendors that gives the food the taste and character that locals thrive on. The…

Incr-Edible: local restaurant has much to celebrate

Walking in downtown Berkeley’s “gourmet ghetto,” it’s easy to pass by a little place by the name of Chez Panisse. This restaurant, though tucked away behind an iron gate and tall, leafy trees, is one of Berkeley’s most talked about restaurants. As you enter the courtyard, you discover a natural and rustic exterior. It’s a simple scene,…

A greener revolution

BERKELEY, Calif. — It was another busy day for the local farmers at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Berkeley. Despite the  cloudy weather, more than 30 stands were dutifully set up in an orderly fashion, all displaying a colorful array of naturally grown food and produce. In particular, the farmers from Blossum Bluff Orchards drew…