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Chef Shuffles and Sustainable English Dining at Chez Panisse

BERKELEY - Following the special dinner they'll be preparing at Incanto on Tuesday May 11, the partners behind London's St John Bar and Restaurant, Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver, will descend upon Chez Panisse on May 12. Chef Henderson, a documented nose-to-tail eating enthusiast and Fernet-lover, will sidle up to Alice in the kitchen to create a special four-course menu. The price is $100, with extra proceeds going towards the Edible Schoolyards, and you can call the restaurant for reservations: 510-548-5525. Menu items will include bone marrow and parsley salad, pot roast-smoked pig loin with trotter and prunes, and rhubarb trifle. How civilized. [EaterWire]

CHEF SHUFFLE - As Scott Howard gets closer to a late May opening for his Corte Madera venture, Brick & Bottle, he's moving out of his role as executive chef at his other restaurant, Berkeley's Five. Howard has decided to promote 28-year-old Banks White, his former Five sous chef to take over the kitchen. A recent press release assures signature menu items, like Howard's seriously addictive orzo mac and cheese with housemade tomato jam, won't change; however, Banks will add a Market Business Lunch: two courses for $18, prepared in under 45 minutes; and a $28 seasonal prix fixe pre- and post-theater dining option. [EaterWire]

CHEF SHUFFLE EXTRA - Lady T-Hop informs us change is afoot at the Presidio Social Club. Not only is Derek McCarthy, formerly of Blue Plate, replacing executive chef Peter Janiak, who has moved on to helm the stoves at Anchor & Hope, but Ray Tang is returning as owner and the menu will shift focus from Southern to American. Think burgers, steak, and baked potatoes, locally sourced, obviously. [Tablehopper]

Henderson in his element. [Photo]

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Avenue, , CA 94709 (510) 548-5525 Visit Website

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

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