May 242013
 

Fundraiser and reopening of the exalted Chez Panisse, which was tragically disabled by a fire earlier this year, on June 21, the summer solstice.  From the SJ Mercury News:

BERKELEY — One of the Bay Area’s most famous restaurants is set to reopen June 21, nearly four months after a fire destroyed parts of the building.

Chez Panisse, the renowned eatery founded by Alice Waters, an icon of the California cuisine movement, will open its kitchen once again with a celebration on the day of Summer Solstice. The event will double as a fundraiser for new education programs at the Berkeley-based Edible Schoolyard Project, which teaches middle school students how to improve their food choices on a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom. Reservations cost $1,000 per person to eat in the second-floor café and $2,500 a head for the main dining room.