Chez Panisse, the esteemed restaurant of Alice Waters, a leading advocate of local and sustainable food and the slow food movement.
Colman Andrews, one of the founders of Saveur magazine. As it happens, the following week would be Chez Panisse's 40th anniversary. So, for each of the 40 weeks leading up to it, the menu would recognize the inspiration of 40 different chefs.
My experience of Chez Panisse, though good, was underwhelming. The service was slow, and though I have heard many say that dining alone can often garner you more attention, I did not have an experience even close to that. That said, I don't doubt the many who have had wonderful experiences at Chez Panisse, in the dining room or the cafe. And I'd be willing to return to try the other half of the restaurant on my next visit to Berkeley.