Happy Birthday Chez Panisse!

Last week I had the great pleasure of co-celebrating my birthday (with a friend whose birthday is 2 days before mine) at Chez Panisse Cafe.  This month, Chez Panisse is turning 40!

The entrance of Chez Panisse in Berkeley has a charming arts and crafts style in an understated style.

Here the menu is displayed street-side on lovely custom ironwork.  Subtle, yet so effective.


I thought the interior is whimsical with menus from the past papered onto the walls.  The food was fresh and delicious!


Our waiter graciously presented our dessert with two candles and two birthday wishes.  A lovely fruit galette presented on this pretty artisanal plate.  (I think the plate may be from Heath Ceramics).

To coincide with Chez Panisse birthday, I’ve noticed a lot of press coverage.  If you would like to read more about Alice Water’s and Chez Panisse check out some of the Chronicle’s coverage Alice Water’s Chez Panisse Turning 40 and Alice Water’s Chez Panisse Built on Simple Success (I found page 4 documenting where Chez Panisse alumni have gone particularly interesting and inspiring as some of my favorites began at Chez Panisse).

Alice Water’s has focused recently on admirable pursuits with The Edible Schoolyard.  Levi’s is teaming up with Alice Water’s, Sophia Coppola, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, and Myra Kalman who have designed a t-shirt for The Edible Schoolyard.  The shirts went on sale yesterday.  Proceeds go to The Edible Schoolyard.   If you would like to get one, visit Levi’s .

Have you been to Chez Panisse?  I’d love to hear about your experiences there.

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