In 1971, Alice Waters and some friends opened a neighborhood bistro in Berkeley with the aim of serving meals with the food and atmosphere of a home dinner party. Forty years later, the way the nation eats has been dramatically changed by Chez Panisse. We talk with local chefs and food writers about the impact Chez Panisse has had on the local and national food scene.
Michael Bauer, executive food and wine editor and restaurant critic for The San Francisco Chronicle and member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee
Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse
Charlie Hallowell, chef and owner of Pizzaiolo and Boot and Shoe Service in Oakland
Russell Moore, chef and owner of Camino Restaurant in Oakland