On a recent visit to the San Francisco area, I had the good fortune to be able to (re-)visit and eat at Chez Panisse. Alice Waters started this place decades ago and it was based on preparing food using excellent, local, organic ingredients. Never flashy, but always solid, remarkably this modus operandi has not changed over the years. Was this the best meal I’ve ever had anywhere? No, but so what. Their ability to consistently be able to prepare course after course with exceptional execution denotes them as the Gold Standard in my mind.