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In an advertisement for a yard sale hosted by famed chef Alice Waters and her daughter Fanny Singer, the pair promised “decades’ worth of treasure, from the high to the low.”
The enticement to own a bit of Chez Panisse history brought crowds to Berkeley Sunday morning, as lines to see Waters’ eclectic sale stretched down and around the block. Although the sale, hosted in the Chez Panisse car park on Shattuck Ave., was set to start at 10 a.m., the proceedings kicked off early due to gathering crowds.
Before 10 a.m., the line was already past the Peet’s Coffee on Vine. By 10:15 a.m., people were spilling onto the street and overwhelming sidewalks, prompting one onlooker to wonder if the city would show up to regulate the scene.
For sale were all kinds of cooking ephemera, from cookbooks and dishes and bowls to jars of salt and even a decorative birdcage. Alice Waters herself was also on-hand to sign books and greet shoppers. Beside her was a rack of clothing for Waters fans looking to emulate their hero’s fashion, as well as cooking, style.
Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971, ushering in a new era of organic California cuisine. Her daughter, whose wares were also for sale Sunday, is a co-founder of Permanent Collection, a clothing and accessories line.
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