Chez Panisse celebrates 44 years in late August

With more than 500 customers a day and a menu that changes depending on what’s freshest, Chez Panisse proves to be on the cutting edge of farm-to-table dining.  BERKELEY, Calif. — When entering Chez Panisse, one is instantly transported to a cozy, European atmosphere. The homey restaurant opened its doors in 1971 when Alice Waters and…

Chez Panisse: ‘A sense of things being made by hand’

  BERKELEY, Calif. — In this bustling college town is the world-famous Chez Panisse, which will celebrate its 44th anniversary later this month. The restaurant is known for fresh, local produce and its menus hat change daily to reflect that. Teen Observers staff got a preview of a typical day recently on a tour with General Manager Jennifer Sherman,…

Chez Panisse: Where local produce and fine dining come together

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s 10 o’ clock on a Monday morning and a delivery man is walking with freshly butchered lambs on each shoulder, heading toward the freezer. Chefs in their crisp, white uniforms are prepping for the hectic day ahead, each with their own specific job. Some are preparing meat; others are hand-picking the best raspberries out of the multiple…

Chez Panisse: French style brought to America

BERKELEY, Calif. — The American restaurant with a very French style of dining, Chez Panisse, founded by Alice Waters and friends, will celebrate its 44th year Aug. 28. Recently, the Teen Observer staff did a walk-through of the early-morning set up to see how the staff approaches an average day. The earth-tone cedar shingles, as well as the…