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REV On Air: Regeneration Through Food & Pleasure with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse
This podcast episode is a part of the REV x Farmer’s Footprint Regenerative Podcast Series!
We are so delighted to welcome Alice Waters as our speaker on the second episode of our regenerative podcast series! Alice is the founder of California restaurant Chez Panisse and non-profit organisation, Edible Schoolyard and her values of sustainable food, flavour, regeneration and education runs strongly through both of them. Alice gives us a view on her upbringing being surrounded by homegrown and home cooked meals and eating as a family and how that has translated into the way she now operates Chez Panisse. Alice helps us see the connection that how caring for nature and produce can help bring us closer together at the dinner table and as a global community working together for a better, more regenerative world.
“My theory, and I think it’s really been confirmed, that once we had that introduction to fast food and that corporate thinking about food and the industrial farms we were really indoctrinated by those values that came with the food. ‘More is better’, ‘time is money’, ‘I want whatever I want, whenever I want it and should have it’, the idea of availability, but also the idea of uniformity. That was never part of eating food before 1950.”
Alice Waters opened her restaurant, Chez Panisse fifty years ago as a place where friends and neighbors could gather together around the table, eat good food, and exchange ideas about politics, art, and culture. In pursuit of taste, Alice and the cooks of Chez Panisse ended up at the doorsteps of the small organic farmers who were growing flavorful heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables or raising heritage breeds of animals. Over time, the restaurant has built up a diverse network of these ethical local suppliers—ranchers, fishers, orchardists, foragers, farmers, and backyard gardeners—who practice regenerative agriculture and take care of the land.
Founded in 1995 by Alice, the Edible Schoolyard Project began as an idea to transform the food experience at a public middle school in Berkeley, California. The Edible Schoolyard Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the transformation of public education by using organic school gardens, kitchens, and cafeterias to teach both academic subjects and the values of nourishment, stewardship, and community. Edible education provides hands-on experiences that connect students to food, nature, and each other; and it systematically addresses the crises of climate change, public health, and social inequality. At its heart is a dynamic and joyful learning experience for every child.
“It’s not just seeing that’s believing, it’s tasting. And it’s feeling the connection that we have with each other and we can’t have that on the screen.”
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