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Happy 50th birthday to Chez Panisse, the Berkeley restaurant that launched farm-to-fork eating

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(THE CONVERSATION) When a small restaurant called Chez Panisse opened its doors 50 years ago in Berkeley, California, it wasn’t obvious that it would change how Americans thought about eating. The first menu on Aug. 28, 1971, was pâté baked in pastry, duck with olives, a salad and an almond tart, served for a fixed price of US$3.95. There were too many waiters and not enough utensils.

But this seemingly quirky eatery’s food was more vivid and flavorful than that of French restaurants that

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Chez Panisse temporarily closes following ‘potential exposure’ to COVID-19

Alice Waters’s storied Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, has temporarily closed following a possible COVID-19 exposure, the restaurant announced.

The restaurant stated via social media that it would be closed from Feb. 24-27 and reopen Feb. 28, but did not offer a reason behind the weeklong closure. In a newsletter emailed to subscribers, however, the restaurant expanded on why it is closing, citing a “potential exposure” on Feb. 18. The news of this week’s temporary closure was first reported Tuesday by Berkeleyside.

The newsletter reads, in part:

Last week was an exciting turning point in the pandemic when food

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