Alice Waters has no idea why she just won the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian award. She received the news in a letter Friday that included no information other than the fact she had won. “There were no details in it about whether it’s here or in Paris… The letter came on Friday and we’ve called yesterday and today,” her assistant, Varun Mehra, told us. The three-sentence letter from French Consul General Pierre-François Mourier in San Francisco, had only a return address for contact information. “So we’re going old-fashioned. We’re writing back to them,” said Mehra.
Update: Chez Panisse informs us that French Consulate General Pierre-François Mourier will be contacting Alice when he returns from vacation at the end of August to work out details of the award ceremony, which will be in San Francisco.