September 4, 2012

Berkeley: What’s up with Hyatt and Alice Waters?; restaurant review

Alice Waters-designed dessert in Berkeley, California
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What’s up with Hyatt and Alice Waters?

Hyatt hotels has been busy as a bee working with Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, to produce a three-course organic and seasonal children’s prix fixe meal.  It is now on the menu at all full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.  The idea behind this is Alice’s philosophy of not over-complicating food and keeping it recognizable in an attempt to help get kids interested in good-for-them foods.  The salad course includes Romaine lettuce hearts, carrot curls, and a radish rose served with a flavorful lemon vinaigrette for dipping.  The main course is simple grilled chicken with pesto aioli, roasted potatoes, and a skewer of cherry tomatoes, and dessert is fresh fruit—perhaps orange pieces and strawberries served in a reamed-out orange cup with fragrant lemon verbena.   The price for this meal is $16.95.  Indeed, Hyatt is dedicated to bringing more organic choices to its entire menu, including meat without supplemental growth hormones or antibiotics, beverages with natural sweeteners such as agave nectar, and cage-free eggs.

Alice Waters signs “In the Green Kitchen” in Berkeley, California

Alice Waters’s cook book, “In the Green Kitchen,” is a great gift for you or someone you know who is in need of basic information on how to organize their kitchen and prepare simple meals with good ingredients.  I plan to work the Grand Aioli and the Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Kale into my repertoire.  The book itself is a work of art, with an easy-to-use layout and delicious images.

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image of Alice Waters ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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