One of my most memorable meals was that at legendary Chez Panisse. It was five years ago, and yet I think that I'm still on a high about the whole experience. For foodies and wannabe foodies, Alice Waters' Berkeley restaurant is like Mecca. You have to dine there at least once in your life.
Chez Panisse is celebrating its 40th anniversary in August of this year, its longevity a testament to Waters' innovative cooking and her emphasis on fresh, locally grown produce. It was this passion for healthy, organic cooking that led Waters to later start the Chez Panisse Foundation which promotes school lunch reform and The Edible Schoolyard for public school children.
In honor of the restaurant's upcoming anniversary, One Kings Lane has partnered with Alice Waters to offer different Chez Panisse experiences to One Kings Lane members. The sale, which runs now through July 1, includes different packages like tickets to the 40th anniversary celebration and even an opportunity to cook in the Chez Panisse kitchen for a day- and all of it is tax deductible. The proceeds from the sale benefit the Chez Panisse Foundation. How cool is that?
If the cost of the experiences are a little outside of your budget, by all means check out the In the Green Kitchen sale, also running through July 1, which features Waters' picks for the kitchen.
And just for fun, I took a few photos of the menu from my dinner at Chez Panisse. There was no way that I was going to throw it away!