This coming weekend brings the big, multi-pronged celebration of Chez Panisse's 40th birthday, and yesterday's Chronicle went hog-wild with adoring tributes to the restaurant and the woman behind it. A lengthy profile of Ms. Waters contains the admission, among others, that "Though Waters was never truly in the kitchen, the goat cheese salad was all hers." Also, there's a review of the anniversary book, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering; a tribute to the restaurant's wine program (and Waters' enduring love for Bandol rosé); and a list of chefs who have worked there, which appears not to have been published online yet. Let this week of Chez Panisse gushing begin!
Alice Waters' Chez Panisse built on simple success [Chron]
Chez Panisse book details restaurant's history [Chron]
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