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 >>
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 >>
This luscious squash and pecan tart could be the seasonal conclusion to your meal. CIA grad Bill Telepan had worked at Le Cirque, Gotham, and Ansonia - the first really ambitious restaurant on the Upper West Side - when he was propelled to fame by a 3-star Times review of Judson Grill. After the u ... More >>
A new West Villager channels an old West Villager
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri
A raw talk on all things fresh
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
B.R. MyersIn 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Jason Koski/Cornell UniversityTemple GrandinTime 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.
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
A new locavore looks upstate for inspiration
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.
Letting schoolkids grow things in gardens has become controversial, the Times informs us today. Alice Waters, who runs Chez Panisse in Berkeley, has a foundation that endows programs in which children raise gardens at school. One of the "Edible Schoolyard" projects is starting in Gravesend, g ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
A new documentary on how our food gets made
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 >>
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 >>
Laura Shapiro's article on Gourmet.com, 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 >>
This week in blogs... Chowhound aims to answer the question of hot to deal with "restaurant food gawking," that is when fellow diners star hungrily at your food. [Chowhound] Eat Me Daily reacted to the recent Gourmet piece on Alice Waters, denouncing the author for defending the slow food maven by ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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