Alice Waters

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    An Early Taste of Mission Cantina

    The press blizzard began to blow long before Mission Cantina (172 Orchard Street, 212-254-2233) opened its doors to the public on November 19: Speculation over the space at 172 Orchard being taken over by the Mission Chinese crew, a tomatillo's lob from the basement Chinese restaurant a half-block s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, our Cookbook of the Week

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Chez Panisse Demolition Will Be Significant, No Opening Date Yet

    No one was hurt when a fire hit Berkeley's Chez Panisse on March 8, but the restaurant's structure was damaged. Early reports suggested the café and restaurant would be closed for only a few weeks of construction, but Alice Waters has posted an update on the restaurant's site with more details, exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    A Fire Hit Berkeley's Chez Panisse Last Night

    A fire was reported at 3:04 a.m. this morning on the grounds of Alice Waters' Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse. No one has been injured, but the restaurant's front dining area sustained serious damages. "At this point, it appears to be an exterior fire that worked its way to the interior," Fire De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Listen: Food Is the New Rock, You Eat What You Are

    Food Is the New Rock has a new podcast, and a recent episode features L.A.'s Jonathan Gold. There's a lot of fun food- and music-related chit chat, but the highlight has got to be when Gold mentions that his favorite blog in the world is The Hairpin.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Our 10 Best East Village Restaurants, 2012 Edition

    These chicken chile guajillo enchiladas at Downtown Bakery are every bit as good -- and spicy -- as they look. The East Village may be the city's most eclectic and rewarding dining destination, though this aspect of the neighborhood is sometimes eclipsed by its bars and cocktail lounges. You can d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    There Will Be Mushrooms: New Film Explores the Emotional Hazards of Foraging

    Finally, something that combines the two great loves of twee urban foodies--foraging for local ingredients and melancholy independent cinema. Now, Forager was filmed in all five NYC boroughs, as well as parts of the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. The concept? A couple makes a living foraging wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Burger King Steals All McDonald's Good Ideas; First Lady Honored as James Beard Sustainable Food Visionary

    ​Burger King is testing new menu items, including specialty coffees, low-fat parfaits, oatmeal with dried fruit, and salads... sound familiar? [Nation's Restaurant News] Sbarro, which filed for bankruptcy this year, has proposed a restructuring plan that would give ownership of the company to ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2011

    Brushstroke: The Feast From the East

    David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2011


    A raw talk on all things fresh

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Food Day 2011 Will Attempt to Get America to 'Eat Real'

    ​Since 1981, World Food Day has come around every October to increase awareness and understanding of hunger, and promote actions to alleviate it. But its scope is just so planetary, so mindful of countries that don't suffer from an overabundance of junk food, subsidized corn, and diabetic thir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Oh No! Napkins Are Shrinking; Starbucks Hot Tea Claim Suspicious

    ​Apparently, napkins are shrinking. The average size has gone from 30 inches square some 25 years ago to 20. [Wall Street Journal] Alice Waters's daughter, Fanny Singer, admits that she sometimes buys imported, non-organic fruit out of season, surely to her mother's disapproval. [Wall Street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Thomas Keller to Be Recognized by French Legion of Honor; Subway Now Bigger Than McDonald's Worldwide

    ​Thomas Keller will be named Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, joining the ranks of Julia Child and Alice Waters as the only Americans in the food world to get the honor. [Diner's Journal] More good news about the Mediterranean diet: a new Greek study found new evidence that it helps i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Yes, Foodies Are Ridiculous. But Then So Is B.R. Myers!

    B.R. Myers​In the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Alice Waters Weighs in on Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine

    ​Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine may still have a while before it hits the shelves, but Alice Waters has already offered her own informal review.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Is Paula Deen Scary Enough to Be Your Halloween Costume? Um, That Would Be a Yes.

    Scary: Guy Fieri.​Stumped for a great Halloween costume this year? Check out CHOW's excellent gallery of food-celebrity costumes. Some are scary, like the Paula Deen, complete with lightning-white teeth. Others are just, well, awesome, like the purple-draped Alice Waters or slightly slutty Mic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    It's Anthony Bourdain's Birthday. Here Are 10 Things You Can Get Him.

    The birthday boy in his birthday suit.​ Did you know that Anthony Bourdain turned 54 today? Neither did we, but a co-worker thoughtfully informed us of this fact. As of late, Bourdain seems to have pretty much everything a man could want in life: a successful career, an adored wife and daughte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Chang, Pollan, Grandin Make the 2010 Time 100 List

    Jason Koski/Cornell UniversityTemple Grandin​Time has spit out its annual Time 100 list, and managed to make room on it for a few people concerned with what we put in our pie holes.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Just in Time for Earth Day, PBS Gets DIRT! The Movie

    If you missed the premiere screening of DIRT! on PBS this Tuesday, local stations will air the hour-long documentary again on Sunday and Monday. The movie, narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, examines the effects of industrial farming on our soils and offers ways to reverse these effects. It features t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Alice Waters' Revolution May Soon Be Televised

    "Could I be more PBS?"​Alice Waters may be making the leap from her Edible Schoolyard to your living room. (Not that it would be her first foray onto the silver screen.) The first lady of slow food says she's looking into new ways of spreading her locavoric message, including the possibility o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Alice Waters on Real Time with Bill Maher

    Sadly, there was no panel discussion on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, instead the three guests (Billy Joe Armstrong, Chris Rock, and Alice Waters) sat down to individual interviews. Waters' segment was fine, although, oddly, she seems to be developing a faint, Madonna-style British accent. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Alice Waters To Appear on Real Time with Bill Maher Tomorrow Night

    We usually watch Real Time with Bill Mahar with the same zeal most reserve for an old-fashioned revival. "Speak it!" we screech, as Maher encourages Obama to tell off Republicans in Tiger-Woods-sexting-style. ("Shut the fuck up while I slap your face for making noise! Now pass the cap-and-trade law, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    En Route to Deification, Alice Waters Will Make a Pit Stop at Book Court Tonight For a Cookbook Signing

    "So, I told him, that kumquat souffle may fly in Oakland, but it's not coming anywhere near my compost heap, boy-o."​Given how much she's been in the news lately for things having little to nothing to do with the actual preparation of food, it's not entirely surprising that plenty of folks hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Fast-Food Chains Replace Teens with Robots; Calorie Labeling Forces Some Restaurants to Shrink Portions

    ​Yet another journalist asks why, if Alice Waters has been such a revolutionary in the local, slow food movement, do so some many people hate her. [LA Times] Fast-food chains that once employed teenagers to carry out the most mindless, repetitive of tasks are now turning to robots to do these ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2010

    Northern Spy in East Village: The Apple of Their Eye

    A new locavore looks upstate for inspiration

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Jean-Georges's ABC Kitchen Will "Do What Alice Waters Did in the 1970s"

    Jean-Georges will do Alice Waters, homemade yogurt included.​Mouthing Off has a preview of ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's soon-to-open cafe at ABC Carpet and Home.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Gravesend's P.S. 216 Will Become Home to New York's First Edible Schoolyard

    The Edible Schoolyard will soon be sprouting in Gravesend.​ Fifteen years after Alice Waters built the original Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, Ca., the program's first New York affiliate is set to bloom in Brooklyn.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Corby Kummer Stands Up for Alice Waters

    Edible SchoolyardA nightmare of Caitlin Flanagan-sized proportions.​ On Tuesday, Caitlin Flanagan lobbed a large stink bomb in the direction of Alice Waters, attacking her Edible Schoolyard program in the pages of the latest issue of the Atlantic. Today, the Atlantic Food Channel's Corby Kumme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Caitlin Flanagan Plants a Stick of Dynamite in Alice Waters' Garden

    Edible SchoolyardOppressed student workers.​ In the latest issue of the Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan engages in another round of Alice Waters target practice, attacking the "dowager queen of the grown-locally movement" for her previously seemingly unassailable Edible Schoolyard program.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette--Eat Me Daily Hypes Obama Food Book; The 'Bag Drools Over Men's Health' Pig Porn

    This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily discovered a new book entitled The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama, which compiles menus, photos, quotes, and recipes for dishes that Obama may have eaten. EMD was hardly thrilled by the spoiler alert, though: "Multiple appearances by food guru Alice Wat ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 27, 2009


    A new documentary on how our food gets made

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette--Mixed Feelings On the Meatball Melee; Make Your Own Pork Chop Bo Lo Bao in Midtown

    This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily attended the Food for Thought forum at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Conn., where Anthony Bourdain went head-to-head with Alice Waters, while Duff Goldman looked on. EMD also posted a video of the discussion. [Eat Me Daily] Josh Ozersky emceed the Best M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Under the Toque--Forgione At Monkey Bar, But Not For Long; Benno To Leave the Nest After All

    Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman were on the panel for the sold out "Food for Thought" forum. Bourdain and Waters clashed on some issues, while Goldman marveled at being a celebrity chef. [Eat Me Daily] Top Chef Radhika Desai may soon be the chef de partie under Floyd Cardoz at Tabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    The Alice Waters Debate: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Laura Shapiro's article on, The War on Alice Waters, has inspired even more blog posts about Waters--in turn producing even more back-and-forth in the comments sections on the subject of whether or not it is okay to criticize the high priestess of organic and local food. Shapiro's artic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Oh, Alice Waters

    Alice Waters has had an awful lot of advice for pretty much everyone lately, and that includes Thomas Keller. BlackBook reports that the magniloquent and high-flown but (presumably) well-meaning Waters was at Per Se this weekend, and she did not seem to enjoy herself one bit. Apparently, Waters sent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Johnny Zs Pounds Milk & Cookies

    Alice Waters' 60 Minutes appearance left us hungry for more fooderati coverage, which we got in the form of dessert virtuoso Johnny Iuzzini being featured on Nightline's Platelist segment Friday night. The pastry hunk says the journey to sweets success began in his childhood when he would come home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Vegetable Gardens on 60 Minutes

    Last week, Alice Waters was on 60 Minutes talking about the local/organic food movement and urging President Obama to plant a garden on the White House grounds. This week, President Obama took his turn on the show, and told correspondant Steve Kroft all about the vegetable garden on which Michelle O ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009
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    March 18, 2009

    Commenting on Alice Waters

    There's a really good commenters' thread going over at Serious Eats on the 60 Minutes Alice Waters interview. Reactions range from this:I appreciate her message, her commitment, etc. But one of the things that bugs me about her, whenever she addresses the cost- and time-prohibitive nature of living ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    The Food Bubble: Pop!

    Pop!The Times has an interesting article today comparing the restaurant industry to the real estate and financial sectors--there was a bubble, and yes, it burst. The article cites New York Department of Labor stats that show the restaurant industry gained 50,000 jobs in the last seven years, only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Deep Waters: Slow Food Maven on 60 Minutes

    The mother of the slow food movement in the U.S., Alice Waters, was featured on 60 Minutes yesterday in what was a somewhat bland piece on her legacy and vision for an America that eats and cooks local, organic and sustainable food. "Say 'frozen' and Alice Waters shudders," pronounces correspondent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Pig Roast, Pickles, Tortilla Workshop, Other Good Things

    Hailey told you about the benefit for the New Amsterdam Market this weekend, but if you can't make it, there's also an online auction, with proceeds going to the market, that's full of really great items. There's a kayaking tour of Blue Point and clam bake with Chris Quartuccio of Blue Island Oyster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Bourdain Gets Honest About Batali-Paltrow Show

    Yes, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm a bit of a fan of one Anthony Bourdain and his brutal, witty honesty that lacks the contrivance of other brutal wits (Toby Young, thinking of you). Today, everyone's noting some amusing comment Bourdain made about Alice Waters in a recent interview. But we were e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009
  • Voice Choices

    October 1, 2008


    Fastidious foodies on the prowl

  • Dining

    November 27, 2007

    Bull Market: A Restaurant Generated by Concept

    Not what Alice Waters meant by 'market-driven'

  • Books

    May 8, 2007

    Past Food Nation

    Molly O'Neill wrangles 250 years of appealing mealing

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2007
  • Dining

    April 6, 2004


    A new Village Italian bistro masquerades as a gastropub

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