At Chez Panisse, the iconic Berkeley restaurant helmed by Chef Alice Waters, family meal is more than just a quick bite before service. It’s a way for the staff — including around 30 cooks, office employees, and Edible Schoolyard foundation team members — to sit down, share a meal, and show appreciation for one another. This time has become fundamental to the culture of the restaurant.
“It’s really important for us to take a moment and sit and eat together,” says Chez Panisse Cafe Chef Beth Wells. “It’s a way of showing appreciation and taking care of the staff.”