State Road hosts 40th birthday celebration of Chez Panisse

This Saturday's celebration at State Road benefits both Island Grown School on the Vineyard, and the New York City branch of the Edible Schoolyard Project. — File photo by Susan Safford

When Alice Waters opened the doors of her restaurant, Chez Panisse, 40 years ago, she never imagined that the simple idea of feeding friends “real food” would help spark a revolution. Recognizing the transformative power of food, she established the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1995 to launch an Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, Calif.

This year, the Chez Panisse Foundation becomes the Edible Schoolyard Project, with the mission to transform the health and values of every child in the public school system by building and sharing a national food curriculum.

On Saturday, Aug. 27 “real food” restaurants across the country will be participating in the celebration with their own menus inspired by Chez Panisse, located in Berkeley, Calif. State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury will be serving a three-course dinner in collaboration with Ms. Waters, featuring dishes made with local, fresh ingredients. Donations will be made to both the New York City branch of the Edible Schoolyard Project as well as our own Martha’s Vineyard Island Grown Schools.

For reservations or for more information, call 508-693-8582. Dinner is $200 per person.