Chez Panisse is a small but epic gem nestled in Berkeley, California that opened its doors forty years ago. The face, heart and hands of Chez Panisse is legendary chef Alice Waters who has transformed and guided the path of innovation and authenticity in dining, farming and cooking internationally. She has always understood that the menu — its language, tactile experience and quality — is the first impression for a diner, and an extension of the love that goes into the food. Berkeley-based artist Patricia Curtan began hand-letterpressing menus for the restaurant during its early years, while working as a cook in the kitchen. Curtan’s letterpress and linoleum-block menus, works of art in their own right, capture the unique spirit of the famous restaurant, and all forty years’ worth are captured in her new book, Menus for Chez Panisse: The Art & Letterpress of Patricia Curtan. Patricia will be signing the book this evening, November 8, at No. 8a at Ace Hotel New York from 6 to 8pm.