focus on: chez panisse

I have never had the pleasure of eating at this iconic restaurant but I vow to get there someday soon!  Chez Panisse opened in Berkley in 1971 by Alice Waters and some of her like-minded friends. Chez Panisse was founded on the thoughts that the best-tasting food is organically grown and harvested ecologically. Instead of ordering through food-service distributors they went right to local farmers and suppliers to get the freshest food possible.

Alice Water’s story is one that is both inspiring and refreshing – I hope that we will continue to see more restaurants who can follow in the Chez Panisse footprints and ideals.  Here is an example of the ever-changing menu.
photo by superhappyfoodie
CHEZ PANISSE CAFÉ DINNER MENU

Friday, June 12, 2009

Green bean, red potato, and Sun Gold tomato salad with tapenade,  $9.50

Cannard Farm avocado and beet salad with citrus vinaigrette,  $10.00

Blue Heron Farm Little Gems lettuce with anchovy, garlic, and egg,  $9.00

Local halibut tartare toasts with cucumbers, crème fraîche, and chervil,  $12.00

Pizzetta with scallions and sheep’s milk ricotta,  $14.50

*Pizzetta with chard and sausage,  $15.00

Baked Andante Dairy goat cheese with garden lettuces,  $10.00

Garden lettuce salad,  $8.00

Spring vegetable minestrone with pastina and pesto,  $8.00

House-made spaghetti with morel mushroom ragù and peas,  $21.00

Wild king salmon in saffron broth with corn, zucchini, and cilantro,  $28.00

Fried Devil’s Gulch Ranch rabbit with polenta, sweet and sour peppers,

pine nuts, and raisins,  $25.00

Grass-fed Dexter beef loin roast with snap peas, turnips, and potato-sorrel gratin,  $29.00

Monterey Bay squid roasted in the wood oven with white beans,

rapini, breadcrumbs, and aïoli,  $19.00

Side orders: A plate of olives, anchovies, or Tuscan olive oil,  $3.50 each

DESSERT

Artisan cheese: Tome de Couserans, Herbillette, and Panache d’Aramits,  $16.00

Kashiwase Farms nectarine and blueberry cobbler with pluot ice cream,  $9.75

Vanilla bean cream puffs with Catalan Farm strawberries, raspberries, and framboise eau de vie,  $9.00

Sunny Slope Orchard Spring Crest peach sherbet with marionberries and langues de chat,  $8.25

Bittersweet chocolate ice cream with chocolate-almond nougatine and caramel,  $9.00

A bowl of Lagier Ranches Bing cherries,  $8.50

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