Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Miscellaneous: 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’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.

More things to do in Berkeley.

Way more thing to do in Berkeley.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

image of Alice Waters c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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