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Sunday, September 20, 2009 

Berkeley Foodie Idealism meets Big Box Store

This is an deliciously interesting pairing...Paul Bertolli, former chef at one-time UCSB student Alice Waters' Chez Panisse, is now creating gourmet organic meals for Costco.
Paul Bertolli's credentials as a chef are impressive, including 10 years at the helm of Chez Panisse and a turn as private chef for Sir Harold Acton in his Florentine Villa la Pietra, where he served such guests as Princess Margaret and Rex Harrison.

...Now, he's aiming at the home table, with a line of fresh, ready-to-heat-dishes now available at Costco warehouse stores.

The four dishes - organic polenta, penne Bolognese, beef braised in Zinfandel with vegetables, and organic turkey meat loaf - are unfrozen and organic with no preservatives or hormone additives. The meals serve five, and none sells for more than $14. - SFGate

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