Where does the name of Chez Panisse restaurant come from?
The name of Chez Panisse comes from the films of Marcel Pagnol These beautiful films that were made in the ‘30s in France. And I just laughed and cried when I first saw them. And I wanted that spirit in this place. So I named the restaurant after the character, the one that made the most money, Panisse, and I named my daughter after one of the other characters in the film—Fanny.