A wonderful honor was granted to a member of our Italian community this past week. Friends and foodies celebrated legendary food activist Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse (http://www.chezpanisse.com/about/alice-waters/) and Edible School Garden, as she was knighted for all that she has done to bridge ties between Italy and America! She was given the honor of Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana by Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, Armando Varricchio.
A magical performance was given, by our very own La Scuola International School’s Ambassador Ensemble under the guidance of incredible Maestro Carlo Dean, at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.
Thank you to our Consul General Lorenzo and Sheila Pierce Ortona for such an incredible opportunity. Our orchestra of the Italian American School in San Francisco, La Scuola International School, played magnificently for the occasion.
Italy and we here in San Francisco, are lucky to have this new knight who has taught the world that food is an expression of pure love, and best when cultivated, cooked, and served from the freshest of ingredients and the purest of the earth’s soil. Two of her special guests were Carlo Petrini, her mentor and founder of the Slow Food movement, and Cecilia Chiang, iconic Chinese culinary legend.
We are so grateful to be afforded an opportunity to take part in such a special occasion!