'Mother' calling: Celebrity chef Alice Waters to visit Monticello
Okay, hard-core foodies, fasten your seat belts. Monticello just announced that Alice Waters, widely hailed as the "mother of American cooking" and the American pioneer in the local food movement, will be coming for a visit on Thursday, April 19. She'll be signing copies of three of her latest books at the Monticello Museum Shop from 3pm to 4pm.
Chef, author, and owner of Chez Panisse, the Berkeley, California restaurant she opened in 1971 that has been consistently recognized as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, Waters was dubbed the best chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 1992, the first time a woman had ever received the honor.
According to a release, Waters' Chez Panisse crew will also be preparing a private dinner for the "Monticello Cabinet," a group of key donors to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and it looks like our own Harrison Keevil of Brookville Restaurant will be helping out.
Waters' recent books include 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, In the Green Kitchen, The Art of Simple Food, and Edible Schoolyard, each of which visitors can buy in the Museum Shop.