WSJ issues correction on Alice Waters and Ameya Preserve

The Wall Street Journal has this correction today to its Nov. 16 article on "Politically Correct Developments," which had put to rest some of the speculation over why Alice Waters was involved with Montana’s Ameya Preserve:

WADE DOKKEN, a developer of the Ameya Preserve housing development in Paradise Valley, Mont., paid $100,000 to Slow Food Nation, a nonprofit organization founded by San Francisco Bay area restaurateur Alice Waters in exchange for her help in guiding plans for a cooking school on the property. Mr. Dokken would pay an additional $400,000 directly to Ms. Waters and not Slow Food Nation for additional consulting services under terms of an unsigned contract. Based on erroneous information provided by Mr. Dokken and Ms. Waters, a Nov. 16 Weekend Journal article on new "politically correct" developments incorrectly said that Mr. Dokken pledged $500,000 to Slow Food Nation in exchange for Ms. Waters’s participation.

It’s odd that the WSJ specifically states that the original total came from both Dokken and Waters. Wonder who was the source of the correct split? 

Although she is an idealist, Alice Waters is not the Joan of Arc of the sustainable food movement. Her emphasis has always been on the primacy of taste, on leading through deliciousness. She deserves a lot of respect, both for her success in elevating seasonal, local ingredients to a revered art form, and for initiating and spreading the Edible Schoolyard project. She has a right to earn money from the stature she has achieved — by all accounts she herself is not all that wealthy — and a cooking school under her imprimatur would dramatically increase the number of chefs who insist on a short field-to-fork food chain.

So let’s hope she does her homework on Dokken, and the actual ecological and karmic footprint of the Ameya Preserve, before signing the abovementioned contract. Maybe there are other benefactors out there she will choose to team up with instead.

6 Responsesto “WSJ issues correction on Alice Waters and Ameya Preserve”

  1. Tom Philpott says:

    It’s great to see you back in action, Dairy Queen. You were much missed.

  2. Sam says:

    I would guess Slow Food might be the source of the correction, since they would know if they got half a million or not….

  3. Sam says:

    And ditto Tom’s comments. We miss the digest….

  4. Janet says:

    Here! Here! Thanks for the update and your quick return, Bonnie.

  5. Tana says:

    I love that you use the phrase “karmic footprint.” And I hope it gets to Ms. Waters, in whom I, too, have been very disappointed of late. (Not about the money, about the bedfellows.)

  6. wendy says:

    Hi All
    Just an fyi to understan more accurately where this money is going-Know that there is a difference between Slow food and Slow Food Nation: Slow food is the 25 year old international organization which originated in Italy because a McDonalds bore itself smack in the middle of an ancient piazza (plaza). Beyond the physical and schetecuturally sick intrusion, it brough tto question many cultural quesions regarding Italians long, beautiful realtionship with food.
    Slow Food Nation is an event planned for 2008, modeled after Terra Madre, a bi-annual northern Italian event which pulls together several thousand worldwide folks to celebrate, talk and learn about food and agriculture. It is to be held in San Francisco on a smaller, less international scale, but big all the same.

    Cheers and keep up the fight. never stop asking questions
    Wendy in Napa