Culinary icon Alice Waters visits Ojai and Santa Barbara for two events this weekend.

Gilles Mingasson

Culinary icon Alice Waters visits Ojai and Santa Barbara for two events this weekend.

Alice Waters Comes to Town

Iconic Chef to Visit Ojai, Santa Barbara

If the slow-food movement, the local-food movement, and the farm-to-table movement had a patron saint, it would likely be Alice Waters. Her legendary Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse is a mecca for those who dine for sport; its focus on beautiful, delicious dishes that feature fresh, organic, seasonal, and area ingredients was ahead of its time and has not only caught on but also (happily) inspired a million imitators, while her program, the Edible Schoolyard, teaches kids how to grow, prepare, and appreciate food. The iconic Waters is taking a break from her busy schedule — made busier by the construction on Chez Panisse to repair the damage from a fire that’s had the restaurant shuttered since March 8, and the shooting of a Japanese TV show—to swing down to our area for two events. On Friday, April 26, she’ll be at Ojai’s Topa Topa Elementary School, 4-7 p.m., to celebrate Food for Thought’s 10-year anniversary. Then she’ll return to UCSB (she logged some time as a Gaucho back in the day) on Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m., at Campbell Hall. For info, visit and

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