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Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution

Alice Waters had a dream. Opening a restaurant that feeds her friends fresh, wholesome foods while enjoying each other’s company; like the beloved cafes she would frequent when visiting France. Her passion for organic ingredients started at her restaurant, where she discovered that organic ingredients were the essential element necessary to creating delicious food. She and her now famous restaurant Chez Panisse, famous for using locally grown ingredients, were pioneers in the “farm to table movement” we know today, launching the explosion of local farmer’s markets and supermarket produce departments.

Concerned by the lack of nutrition and quality of school lunch food, Alice started an organic garden with the Martin Luther King Middle School near her home in Berkley, California. She founded “The Edible Schoolyard” project by designing hands-on educational experiences in the garden, kitchen, and cafeteria that connect children to food, nature, and to each other. The Edible Schoolyard Project’s pledge to children and farmers: “to provide a free, sustainable school lunch to all students k-12, buy food directly from farmers and ranchers who take care of the land and their workers and to teach students the value of nourishment, stewardship and community.”

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Interested in reading and learning more about Alice? She has authored many highly acclaimed cookbooks and memoirs focusing on her recipes and cooking philosophies. You can find her books by clicking here.

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