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Videos of Alice Waters and Anthony Bourdain at the 'Food For Thought' Forum

Here are a couple of videos from last week's "Food for Thought" panel discussion with Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman (also see our writeup of the event). One of the topics discussed was local and organic food. Bourdain, even after acknowledging the horrors of the industrialized food chain, remains a realist:
One of the [...]

Chez Panisse East?

Alice Waters, in Hartford, Connecticut last week for the "Food for Thought" forum (see our writeup) might have been scouting for new locations. Colin McEnroe writes:
While on an impromptu swing around Hartford Thursday, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame saw a location she liked.
"I found a lovely little restaurant I want to buy!" she told [...]

Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman at the 'Food For Thought' Forum

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Last night in Hartford, Connecticut, Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, and Duff Goldman sat down with moderator Colin McEnroe in the Bushnell Theater for the sold out "Food for Thought" forum. They tackled a wide range of topics, including celebrity, food television, cocaine use at Chez Panisse, airplane food, food programs in public schools, [...]

Yet Again, The Old Media Defends Alice Waters

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Once again, the old media comes to the defense of Alice Waters, this time in a convincing-sounding piece in Gourmet by Laura Shapiro. Like most acts of journalistic defense for The Queen of Slow Food, the piece has some serious flaws, glossing over and avoiding some major points that have been raised in [...]

Alice Waters' Media Hat Trick: 60 Minutes, New York Times, and Daily News ALL IN ONE WEEKEND

Whoever's doing PR for Alice Waters has got it going on. This weekend, she had three media appearances: An op-ed in The New York Daily News, a fluff profile in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, and a ridiculous segment on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Let's break them down, shall we?
Alice Waters vs. Fast Food in [...]

Alice Waters' Political Flailings: A Misguided Love Story

The most recent chapter in Marian Burros's one-woman multimedia hagiography of Alice Waters (this one appearing on Gourmet's website) paints itself as "the story of the political education of Alice Waters." But it's not, really. Instead, it's a whitewashed, oral-history piece of semi-journalism, hard to parse, composed almost entirely of quotes and paraphrases from Waters [...]

Bourdain Follows up Yet Again Re: Alice Waters

Writing on his blog on the Travel Channel's website, Anthony Bourdain follows up on his previous criticisms of Alice Waters, blaming it on an inner demon he's named Vic:
So I found the allegedly chronic non-voter Waters' offer to head up a "kitchen cabinet" - an advisory board guiding the new administration to a new, organic, [...]

Anthony Bourdain Clarifies Criticism of Alice Waters

Gothamist got in touch with Anthony Bourdain to clarify his criticism of Alice Waters, and he had this to say:
I don't have any burning issue with Alice Waters, a restaurateur and visionary whose accomplishments clearly dwarf my own, so I doubt it. In a perfect, candy-colored world, I'd like to eat most of what she'd [...]

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