Today we discover, through a story in The Atlantic, why Alice Waters named her restaurant Chez Panisse.

We knew about the Marcel Pagnol connection (you only need to visit the restaurant’s website to be immersed in the mood of 1930s French film). Corby Kummer digs deeper and looks at the many associations the name Panisse has for Berkeley’s first lady of food.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...