September 4, 2011

Chez Panisse 40th Anniversary Pt 1



After almost half a century of watching slow food from it's beginnings to it's growth and evolution, I had the wonderful pleasure of photographing the 40th Anniversary of Alice Waters' legendary, Chez Panisse restaurant, at the Berkeley Art Museum on the 26th of August. This and other fundraising events were held to support the growth of Edible Schoolyard programs across the country.

What an event it was! While still daylight, a procession of musicians and people dressed in costumes entered from outside the museum inviting everyone to the event.

photo by Styrous®



photo by Styrous®



left: Steve Sullivan, owner of Acme Bread
right: Rafa on trumpet
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The costumes were playful but simple, mirroring the essence of slow food.

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Ms. Waters held court and the audience ranged from the political . . .
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to originators and gurus of the slow food movement . . .

original members of the Swallow Restaurant
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to luminaries of the arts


left: Peter Sellars, theater director
right: David Byrne, composer & Larry Rinder, Director of BAM
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A recycle team performed maneuvers a marine would have envied.


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The apex of the evening was when Alice Waters unveiled a photographic portrait of her standing beneath a tree. It will be hung at The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.


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photo by Styrous®


photo by Styrous®



photo by Styrous®



photo by Styrous®


photo by Styrous®


photo by Styrous®


It was a momentous evening.

The next post will cover the celebrations held the next day. A totally different scene you can see here.

Styrous® ~ Sept 4, 2011
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