Stu & Charlie meet Alice Waters

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Smith-Madrone and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse is also 40Smith-Madrone had the honor of participating in an historic event with Chez Panisse for its 40th anniversary. The National Portrait Gallery unveiled a portrait of Alice Waters now headed east to be housed at The Smithsonian. To celebrate, there was a benefit evening at The Berkeley Art Museum on Friday, August 26. The proceeds benefit Alice Waters’ foundation, The Edible Schoolyard. Artist Ann Hamilton and the OPENrestaurant art and food collective will present an amazing edible installation. As the winery partner, we poured Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay throughout the evening!

Author: corkingnapa

Julie Ann Kodmur is a second-generation Californian who was born in San Francisco and grew up in La Jolla. As an eighth grader she was the runner-up in the state spelling bee. She’s lived in Italy and New York and now lives in the Napa Valley with her family. She is a marketing and publicity consultant in the wine industry. Her business life can be seen at This is the home for the overflow. The ‘title’ is a reference to a sculpture honoring an Argentinean journalist who practiced his craft in the 1930s before literally dying for his words. No such drama here, just hopefully some provocative fun.

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