during a stormy night at Chez Panisse, for us a memorable 2022 Eve! What was so memorable – of course the time with family we cherish. Is it like that Fleetwood Mac’s lyrics even “children grow up” but then, grown children come back and just like old times, siblings are cracking jokes and laughing – stay up for late night board games and movies and … cooking and eating and baking and eating and eating and eating …it’s the holiday season.
Amidst all the festivities, yes, the Special Bonus surprise is that we actually saw Alice Waters! She was at the second floor bar area and waltzed over to walk over to the back to greet more patrons with a glass in her hand. The vibe – the energy of the place was completely different as soon as she was in the space.
Who is Alice Waters?
Alice Waters – while you can look up Wikipedia, I will simply say that she was the one who created the food movement of Farm to Table, Slow Food and California Cuisine, as one of the original chefs and co-proprietors of Chez Panisse. What’s relatively now a given or standard or taken for granted (such as organic foods, farmer’s market veggies, fresh in season produce from local farmers, sustainable farming – all that talking points) was not so, back in the 70’s when she opened Chez Panisse in North Berkeley.
Lucky to catch a little light from this empowereing woman. We felt that braving the storm and flooded highway was worth the journey energized by the vibe of the place. Gratitude for completing the year of 2022 with style and inspirations.
by Stevie Nicks
I took my love, I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
‘Til the landslide brought me down Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’Fleetwood Mac – 1975
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too