Grateful Growers Alice Waters Press Release

Tickets Now Available for Alice Waters’ Keynote Address in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC 20 August 2007 Alice Waters is visiting Charlotte at the end of September, and you are invited! The chef, restaurateur and food activist will speak at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Queens University on September 27. The architect of The Edible Schoolyard, Ms. Waters will speak about the opportunities and responsibilities of a sound school lunch program that includes not only eating, but growing and preparing food. Specifically, she will discuss her experiences with the transformation of the programs at the Berkeley Unified School District in California. Her visit is sponsored by Slow Food Charlotte and Charlotte Shout.

Doors will open at 6:30pm with a book signing preceding the address, which will begin at 8pm. During the book signing, students from Central Piedmont Community College’s culinary club will offer coffee and dessert for sale. Tickets are available through Slow Food Charlotte’s website Prices for General admission are $20, and $10 for educators.

With 35 years as the proprietor of the award-winning Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, Ms. Waters’ has long been recognized as a relentless and pioneering force in the culinary world. Steadfast in her passion for fresh, seasonal, and sustainably raised food, Waters and her restaurant have become synonymous with quality and creativity. The Vice President of Slow Food International, Waters is an innovator of direct farmer-chef relationships, and a strong advocate for sustainable agriculture. In 1996, she created the Chez Panisse Foundation to help underwrite cultural and educational programs such as the one at the Edible Schoolyard that demonstrate the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food. Alice Waters is author and co-author of more than nine books and is the recipient of numerous awards for culinary and social achievement.

For more information about Alice Waters, visit For more information about The Edible Schoolyard and the School Lunch Initiative, visit

Media Contacts:
Thom Duncan, Slow Food Charlotte – phone 704-576-5678 email thom [at]
Joyce Cellars, Alice Waters office – phone 510-548-4795 - email joyce [at]

About Slow Food Charlotte
Slow Food Charlotte is the local chapter of the global organization Slow Food. Founded in 1989 in Italy in contrast to ‘fast food’ culture, Slow Food’s mission is to preserve and promote food traditions, including cooking and agriculture. This international member-supported organization has over 80,000 members in 150 countries. For more information visit

About Charlotte Shout
Charlotte Shout is a month-long celebration of art, culture, and community, incorporating over 200 performances and events in more than 40 venues throughout the Charlotte region. This celebration is produced by Charlotte Artsfest, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization, and is managed by Charlotte Center City Partners. For more information visit

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