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Finding Aid to the Chez Panisse, Inc. Records, 1966-2007
BANC MSS 2001/148 c Motion Picture 1075 D  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Chez Panisse, Inc. records
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2007
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2001/148 c

    Motion Picture 1075 D
    Creators : Chez Panisse Waters, Alice
    Extent: Number of containers: Records: 22 cartons, 9 boxes, 13 oversize boxes, and 2 tubes

    Videos: 9 Linear feet: 36
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains selected files from Chez Panisse restaurant and café and from Café Fanny in Berkeley, Calif. Included are organizational documents; correspondence with chefs, cookbook authors, and others; board and staff meeting minutes; daily, weekly, and special menus; cookbook drafts; material about professional and charity events; and publicity about the restaurants, owner Alice Waters, and Chez Panisse chefs and staff.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Chez Panisse, Inc. Records, BANC MSS 2001/148 c

    Motion Picture 1075 D, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    Oversize boxes 7-13 are still UNARRANGED. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 2001.192-PIC)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Waters, Alice
    Chez Panisse
    Chez Panisse Caf#e
    Caf#e Fanny
    Restaurants--California--Berkeley
    Restaurants--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Menus.
    Cookbooks.
    Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992
    Olney, Richard

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Chez Panisse, Inc. Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Chez Panisse, Inc. on December 15, 2001. Additions were received in February 2003, October 2003, December 2004, December 2005, December 2006, and November, 2007.

    Accruals

    Future additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Portions of this collection are arranged to the folder level, while others are arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Elizabeth Stephens, Rebecca Kim, and Matt Gleeson in March 2002; additions by Alison E. Bridger in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and by Antonio Espinoza in 2008.

    Corporate History

    When Alice Waters and a small band of friends founded a neighborhood bistro called Chez Panisse in 1971, they named it after one of the characters in Marcel Pagnol's 1930s film trilogy about two generations of families in the small town Provencal atmosphere of the Marseilles waterfront - an act of homage to the genial comedy, sentiment, and informality of the classic movies in which so much is centered around eating and drinking. Alice Waters has said that from the very beginning that she and her partners tried to do things the way they would like to have them done at a dinner party at home.
    The downstairs dining room has always offered only one fixed-price menu, of three to five courses, but a different one every night, each designed to be appropriate to the season and each composed so as to show off the very finest ingredients obtainable. The upstairs café opened in 1980 with an open kitchen, a wood-burning pizza oven, and an a la carte menu. Café Fanny, a stand-up café that serves breakfast and lunch, was opened a few miles away in 1984.
    Alice Waters and Chez Panisse are convinced that the best-tasting food is organically grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound, by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. The quest for such ingredients has largely determined the restaurant's cuisine. Chez Panisse endeavors to make dining there partake of the immediacy and excitement of vegetables just out of the garden, fruit right off the branch, and fish straight out of the sea.
    Chez Panisse has long been in the vanguard of the movement for local farmers' markets. For several years, it actively supported the Garden Project, a model program that changes lives by teaching organic gardening skills to former San Francisco County Jail inmates. The restaurant also works developing an edible schoolyard at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Junior High School, a project that will involve students directly in planting, gardening, harvesting, cooking, and eating, with the goal of teaching them respect for one another and responsibility for the planet by illuminating the vital relationship of food to their lives.
    - Excerpted from press releases issued by Chez Panisse.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Chez Panisse, Inc. Records consist of selected files from Chez Panisse restaurant and café and Café Fanny in Berkeley, California. Included are organizational documents; correspondence with chefs, cookbook authors, and others; board and staff meeting minutes; daily, weekly, and special menus; cookbook drafts; material about professional and charity events; and publicity about the restaurants, owner Alice Waters, Chez Panisse chefs, and staff.