A Literary Feast for Foodies


Interest in food seems to grow daily across our country, from the welcome proliferation of farmers’ markets to restaurants featuring farm-to-table and locally-sourced ingredients to a wide array of television shows celebrating the talents (or not) of wannabe chefs. Along with an expanding consciousness in America about food is a wider appreciation of the culinary pioneers who influence tastes and trends and often are ground-breaking chefs in their own rights. And no pioneer has done more to re-define the way we cook, eat, and think about food than Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, author of a dozen books, and founder of The Edible Schoolyard. As huge and longtime fans of Alice, we’re proud and delighted to be hosting her for two events in November. 

Alice will appear at Politics & Prose on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. to sign her beautiful new book, The Art of Simple Food II. And that evening, at 7 p.m., she’ll be at Buck’s Fishing & Camping restaurant several doors up the block for an event co-sponsored by P&P and James Alefantis, our neighbor, friend, book lover, and owner of Buck’s. Local chefs will be on hand to prepare appetizers and a four-course meal with wine pairings, and each guest will receive a signed copy of Alice’s book. Admission is $350 ($345 for members) for one ticket and a book, or $650 ($645 for members) for two tickets and a book.

In honor of Alice’s work, P&P and Buck’s are contributing all ticket proceeds to The Edible Schoolyard, whose mission is to promote an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school. School gardens and kitchens are conceived as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a free, nutritious, organic lunch is provided for every student in participating schools. No other program has done as much as The Edible Schoolyard to engage schoolchildren in all aspects of growing, preparing, understanding, and appreciating the food they eat. For more information on how The Edible Schoolyard’s integrated curriculum in schools can transform the health and values of every child in America, please visit: edibleschoolyard.org.


--Brad and Lissa