Alice Waters at the National Portrait Gallery

Alice Waters, one of my all time heroes, famed chef and food activist from Berkeley, California will be visiting DC as part of an event honoring her and her new portrait being installed at the National Portrait Gallery. The event is scheduled for Friday evening, January 20.

Waters is an icon in the organic foods arena, one of the leaders in the Slow Food Movement in America, and owner at Chez Panisse, her restaurant in Berkeley, CA. She is also founder of the Edible Schoolyard, as well as the School Lunch Initiative; organizations dedicated to improving food in our nations schools.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a conversation between Waters and José Andrés, chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup, a group of restaurants featuring unique and creative dining concepts in Washington, DC.

At 7 p.m. a reception will feature light fare from chefs of Washington, D.C., area chefs and restaurants that serve locally grown organic food. Restaurants being highlighted are José Andrés, Chef, Owner, ThinkFoodGroup » Cathal Armstrong, Chef, Restaurant Eve » Adam Bernbach, Mixologist, Proof and Estadio » Mike Isabella, Chef and Owner, Graffiato » Todd Gray, Chef and Founder, Equinox Restaurant » Haidar Karoum, Chef, Proof » Nora Pouillon, Chef and Owner, Restaurant Nora » Adam Smith, representing owners Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Artisan and Farmstead Cheeses, Cowgirl Creamery » Susan Gage, Founder, Susan Gage Caterers

Ticket prices start at $100 for the reception and $200 for the reception and conversation. Tickets can be purchased online at Contact with questions.

The portrait of Waters is a photographic portrait created by Dave Woody, and shows Waters standing beneath a mulberry tree at the Edible Schoolyard.