'Kitchen Table Talks' Break Down Food Politics for Activists, Wonks, and Just Plain Eaters
Yammering about food is a local pastime, whether it's talk about the latest street-food find, the endless debate about organic versus local, or what "green" really means (do Veev cocktails count?). Now there's an organized space for such musings: Kitchen Table Talks, a new series of conversations about the American food system. Organizers are the food politics blog Civil Eats and 18 Reasons, the artsy, food-steeped nonprofit arm of Bi-Rite. They invite a different speaker each session, with topics ranging from the wonky to the practical. Who can attend? Policy geeks, activists, and mere eaters.
Northfield.org via Flickr Jessica Prentice: The original locavore?
Last month's first installment featured Elanor Starmer, research analyst for the food program at Food and Water Watch, who sought to demystify the USDA -- explaining what they actually do -- and dissect the Obama admin's policy approach. The second session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23. Called What to Eat: A Revolutionary Act, the speaker is Jessica Prentice, a partner in the subscription prepared-foods biz Three Stone Hearth and the woman who reportedly coined locavore, which the New Oxford American Dictionary deemed word of the year for 2007. There'll also be a teaser for Edible City, a feature-length documentary about the local food movement.
What to Eat: A Revolutionary Act At Linden Tree, in the offices of Sagan-Piechota Architecture, 315 Linden (at Gough), 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Space is limited -- RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-785-0713.