The 39th Distinguished Lecturer Series,
in conjunction with Food for Thought, presents
An Evening with American Chef & Farm-to-Table Activist
Alice Waters

March 02, 2018 07:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Alice Waters is internationally recognized as the pioneer of a movement that advocates for just, sustainable, and organic food. Her work emphasizes the importance of edible education in our school system. She is the founder of Chez Panisse restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard Project, and has been honored with various international awards for her work as an activist and humanitarian.

Over the course of 40 years, Alice Waters has created and passionately supported a culinary philosophy that maintains that food should be organic, sustainable and locally sourced. Opening her restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1971, which has ranked among the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” for the last four decades, her commitment to finding the highest-quality, seasonal ingredients has created a network of local farmers and purveyors dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Her focus on education further led to the creation of the Edible Schoolyard Project in 1996, which is committed to transforming public education and supports projects that incorporate gardening and preparing healthy meals into the school curriculum.

Waters’ influence is extensive: she is vice president of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes and celebrates local artisanal food traditions and has more than 100,000 members in over 130 countries. Her other numerous honors include being co-recipient, with Kofi Annan, of the Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School in 2008, and being named to the French Legion of Honor in 2009.

Her speaking engagements include, among others, lecture series and university talks related to food ethics and values, just and sustainable agriculture, and the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food.

Alice Waters is the author of ten books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious RevolutionIn the Green Kitchen40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, and her most recent book, The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

Admission:  $28.00 General Admission

Alice Waters on Facebook

Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

Food For Thought presents
We All Eat International Food Festival, Taste of Syria

March 21, 2018 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

How can we help displaced people, newly arrived in a completely alien country find their way?

Syria Supper Club was created to do just that. American hosts open their homes, Syrians cook food from their culture and then sit to enjoy the feast with a table full of guests. Now in its second year Syria Supper Club has created a myriad of connections between long-established Americans and their newest neighbors. From a warm welcome to cultural exchange, breaking bread is the mightiest of bridge builders.

Admission:  $10 Syrian Lunch

This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

Syria Supper Club

Location: University Commons 211


Food For Thought presents
We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

April 18, 2018 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Food is more than fuel, it is history, family, love and heritage. What we eat in the United States today reflects the melting pot that makes this nation truly great. A fun journey into the stories of some of the most All-American food and the cultures behind it.

Melina Macall, The Food Activist, is an educator, researcher and community organizer in food justice and sustainable food systems.

Her work includes research in Cuba, changing food in US public schools, and guerrilla gardening - growing edible landscapes. She is co-founder of The United Tastes of America and it’s keystone  program, Syria Supper Club. 

Admission:  $10.00 Heritage Lunch

This event also takes place at 7:00 pm.

The United Tastes of America

Location: University Commons 211