Lunch at Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California

the Chez Panisse kitchen
How often do you get a chance to dine at a legendary restaurant.. at a restaurant that changed the way we eat? On Friday we were fortunate enough to eat at Chez Panisse, the restaurant Alice Waters turned into a food Mecca for organic, biodynamic dining in 1971. It did not disappoint. Set in the hippie, laid-back autumnal San Franciscan suburb of Berkeley, Chez Panisse delivers dishes packed with heavenly produce and mature restraint from its chefs. The ingredients are definitely the stars. I wish you could have all been there with me!
organic lamb racks trimmed and ready to go into the oven
the meal begins with a selection of house-marinated olives
Chez Panisse filters and carbonates its own tap water
water bottles are etched with the Chez Panisse logo
First to the entrees or appetisers as they call them in the States.
Bellweather Farm ricotta with salsa rosa and greens toast with egg
Sonoma Farm chicories salad with creamy lemon dressing and Dungeness crab toast
smoked Liberty Farm duck breast, with peppercress, fennel and fig relish
The Cafe dining room was buzzing with businessmen, foodies, tourists and girls lunching
River steelhead fish with escarole, rosemary, Meyer lemon and breadcrumbs
Red Wolfe Ranch quail with polenta, peppers, shell beans and chanterelle mushrooms 
Bucatini alla palina with saffron, cauliflower, pine nuts, currants, marjoram and pecorino
a bowl of Lagier ranches new season almonds, Barhi dates and a Frog Hollow Farm Warren pear
Didn’t think almonds could be this sweet and creamy
Sadly no room for dessert but we managed to squeeze in some pistachio-almond chocolates and Satsuma mandarin peel

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