1981 - New on the Menu

One of her very first customers was the legendary Chef Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA. Alice Waters fell in love with Laura’s cheeses, and decided to place a standing order for the restaurant (50 pounds a week). At Chez Panisse, Alice breaded and baked sliced Laura Chenel chèvre (French name for “goat”) and nestled it in beds of mesclun greens, thus creating the iconic “California Goat Cheese Salad.” Thanks to this relationship, Laura Chenel blossomed into the world of food service. With the demand soaring, Laura Chenel moved to a Santa Rosa creamery in 1981, and sold her herd to focus on high-quality cheese-making.