The San Francisco Chronicle today reports that President-elect Barack Obama received a letter from Alice Waters of Chez Panisse;
volunteering her services – and those of Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and New York Union Square restaurateur Danny Meyer – to be the first couple’s informal “kitchen cabinet” on all things culinary, from recommendations for a new White House chef to overseeing the creation of a sustainable, organic kitchen garden on the White House lawn.
In the letter, sent the day after the election, Waters wrote passionately:
At this moment you have a unique opportunity to set the tone for the changes we need to make in the way our country feeds itself. The purity and wholesomeness of your campaign can find a parallel in the purity and wholesomeness of the food at America’s most visible and symbolic address: the White House.
If the President-elect wants “real” change, he needs to take it slow – the Slow Food Movement that is.
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