Located just a short ride from San Francisco, Chez Panisse is tucked away on a leafy street in Berkley, CA. Chez Panisse opened in 1971 with Alice Waters, queen of the slow food movement, at it's helm. And CP has been making culinary magic ever since. (p.s. check out this book for a great read and the true inside scoop)
The meal started with freshly baked bread and salted farm fresh butter. I would eat just this for the rest of my life. For realzies.
Love the etched water carafe. Simple and lovely.
Next, was time for some ruffage. A simply dressed salad of greens with breaded and baked goat cheese. KILL ME!!! This was the most delicate and decadent salad ever created. I licked the plate.
And Halibut with spring peas and herb butter. I mean. Seriously?
Next stop on this crazy train: An apricot crostata with some bomb freshly churned ice cream. Rustic and yet refined? DONE!
The meal of a lifetime people! It was simple, rustic and above all...delish! If you find yourself in the Bay Area, you must make the journey to culinary Nirvana. You will find yourself on the steps of this humble Chez, posing with the menu, like it's a celebrity.