Celebrating Chez Panisse
This year, Chez Panisse turned 40. It is an unbelievable milestone for any business, but especially a restaurant, whose lifespan should be judged in dog years. Chez Panisse is embracing their long strange trip by hosting a series of celebrations. Naturally, these events are to benefit the Edible Schoolyard, which celebrates its own 15-year milestone this year. There have been scores of glowing...
This video is from last week. Alejandro talks about pluots, which on this particular night were roasted and partnered beautifully with seared duck leg and thigh. While our menu changes daily, I suspect that we’ll see some iteration of this again- if not an encore. This time of year gives us all kinds of delicious stone fruit things, and we’re giving back as best we can. From nectarine...
Summer Solstice Already Happened →
The summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere is the exact moment when the axial tilt of the Earth is at its most inclined toward the sun during its 365 day orbit — at an angle of 23° 26’.
We love working with TwoXSea
Here’s a document they wrote which we copied down in order to send to everyone in the restaurant. “A Simple Solution for Sustainable Seafood (and maybe a better world). The trout we are serving tonight is very special, and represents a very obvious component to a, if not the, solution for the quest of a balanced, renewable and responsible source of seafood for this generation and...
Visit to Rhys Vineyards
In light of our visit to Rhys today, we were inspired to ressurect this article from one of our favorite wine writers, Ms. Jancis Robinson. Jancis begins by characterizing what is happening with Pinot Noir from California, a “revolution”-mainly citing the trend of lower percentages of alcohol in the wines. Interestingly, Winemaker Jeff Brinkman says that he doesn’t believe that...
Bee viruses and colony collapse →
“Honey bees are critical to U.S. agriculture, which depends upon them to pollinate 130 different crops, representing more than $15 billion in crop value each year and roughly one-third of the human diet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture…. Since 2006, however, the bee industry has reported a mysterious phenomenon involving the sudden disappearance of most of a hive’s...
“For societies to sustain themselves the cycle of life and death had to be complemented by rebirth too, and the vine came to play a symbolically crucial part in greek, and later roman, culture, thanks to its capacity to transform itself from an apparent death in winter, when its canes were leafless, to vigorous regrowth and fruitfulness from spring to autumn. From Hesiod’s time onwards, the...
how close to a train track can you set up a... →