It’s been fifty years since the founding of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, that Alice Waters and a group of friends helped to create in 1971. On August 28, 2021, rather than celebrating the past, Alice and president of the University of California, Michael V. Drake,1 had planned on gathering educators, artists, farmers, environmentalists, journalists, and philanthropists to celebrate the power of public education and to address climate change. However, in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 cases from the Delta variant, the event was postponed. In an email signed by both Alice and President Drake, the following message was sent:

We wanted your presence at the table to show support for public education and the values it can bring to life by the economic stimulus of local organic food procurement. It is a powerful, hopeful, immediate way to address climate change, stewardship, nourishment, equity, and community....

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