Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard Project . . . Coming to Sacramento?

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In Kevin Johnson’s 20th Annual State of the City Address on Jan. 30, the Mayor stated that “we are working with Alice Waters to bring her Edible Schoolyard Project . . . to Sacramento,” to “test her ideas for school gardens, cooking classes and healthy eating.”

Thrilling news indeed, especially for the city’s foodies, small farm supporters and health-conscious folks. I just wish she’d open up a satellite of her iconic restaurant, Chez Panisse, here in town as well. I recently dined at the Berkeley restaurant, which I have patronized (and adored) since I was in high school.

The food was as exciting and inspired as always. I plowed my way happily through three of the kitchen’s dishes:

1.) Pizza topped with nettles (yes, nettles!), pine nuts and pecorino cheese

2.) Buttermilk-fried rabbit with rutabaga puree and black pepper gravy

3.) New potato, leek and cardoon salad with miners lettuce and black truffles

. . . and topped it all off with housemade caramel and candied coconut ice cream.

I look forward to hearing more about Alice’s (and the Mayor’s) plans for our beautiful city.

www.chezpanisse.com

http://edibleschoolyard.org

A full transcript of the Mayor’s speech can be viewed here: www.cityofsacramento.org/mayor