BERKELEY, Calif. (MainStreet) -- In the fickle restaurant world, a milestone such as the 40th anniversary of Chez Panisse isn't an everyday event. The slow-food, locally sourced foodie landmark of Chez Panisse got its start in 1971 as a neighborhood cafe founded by Alice Waters and a group of investors with a name inspired by a 1930s French film. In 1980 the restaurant expanded to include a more-casual (and usually easier to book) upstairs cafe and in 1990 a charitable foundation aimed at educational programs that uses food to "nurture, educate and empower youth." Five years later it launched The Edible Schoolyard to integrate locally sustained cuisine into public school curriculum and food programs through organic gardens.For most of the world, especially the right-leaning, Berkeley seems a far-away pilgrimage, but it's actually just 15 minutes by cab from downtown San Francisco -- and a mandatory culinary journey for anyone fancying themselves true foodies. Chez Panisse is to many quite simply the freshest meal they will ever eat.
|Chez Panisse, 15 minutes from San Francisco by cab, may simply be the freshest meal many will ever eat.|
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