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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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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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Was taken to lunch at Chez Panisse by a friend some years ago. It was quite an experience. Was struck by Alice Waters' resemblance to Hillary Clinton in the accompanying photo. Actually thought it was HC at first glance although the hipper garb was a clue that it was not (as was the caption of course).

zappa (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2013 at 6:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That "garb" may have been "hip" in the late 60's and early 70's...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2013 at 6:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Several years ago my daughter took me to lunch at Water's famed restaurant. I had to argue with the waiter to have him replace my cracked plate. Because they had been told it was my birthday, we got stale cupcakes (mine had a candle) instead of the delicious desert that other diners enjoyed. It takes more than talk to make a good restaurant.

lmeoriole (anonymous profile)
April 26, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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