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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

'Kitchen Table Talks' Break Down Food Politics for Activists, Wonks, and Just Plain Eaters

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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.

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 or call 925-785-0713.

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