Jane Fonda

August 23, 2011
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The plate Jane Fonda signed for chef Ong.

The lovely ~Jane Fonda~ was back in town, visiting Betelnut in Cow Hollow, where she tried the dragon dumplings, firecracker shrimp, green beans, tapioca pudding, and mochi, and had a Belvedere martini up with an olive (atta girl). Chef Alex Ong said in a tweet: “Such a gracious lady. Still beautiful & witty.” She even autographed plates for chef (pictured) and a server. In a note to me, chef Ong said, “Very gracious, charming & absolutely lit up the room.”

She also paid a repeat visit to Chez Panisse (revealed in one of her own tweets, in which she said, “No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Chez Panisse! mmmm.”).

January 4, 2011
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Jane Fonda striking an OG pose with partner Richard Perry; photo from JaneFonda.com.

I love it, even ~Jane Fonda~ takes pictures of her food at restaurants. Well, not just any restaurant. The 73-year-old Barbarella dined at Chez Panisse for the first time with partner Richard Perry, and friends Jodie Evans and chef Scott Peacock (they returned later that evening for the official New Year’s Eve celebration). Thanks to Berkeleyside for the tip-off and details about the evening, and you can read more and check out pics on Fonda’s blog post. What did Hanoi Jane think of the cuisine? “Orgasmically great.”