Post-Blaze Chez Panisse Reopens With Ritzy $2,500-Per-Head Fund-raiser

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Summer solstice 2013. Photo: Courtesy of Chez Panisse/Facebook

Alice Waters's iconic Berkeley restaurant was damaged heavily by an electrical fire that broke out in the early morning hours of March 8. Recovery has been swift, yet despite earlier estimates, it now seems as though the full-service dining room and café won't reopen until June 21. But the soft opening will coincide with creamy, soft-ripened cheeses, as well as Mission figs, heirloom leafy greens, and the best red currants you've ever had, all of which may be served at the first-night fund-raiser for Waters's Edible Schoolyard Project. The solstice-themed shindig will set you back $1,000 for café seats or $2,500 at the more formal restaurant. [Chez Panisse via Eater, Earlier]