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Food for Thought: La Vida Local
May 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $15
It’s an evening of great local food and drinks in the pavilion, surrounded by the spring forest. In partnership with Weavers Way Co-op, a panel of food writers, growers, and activists will explore the nuances of local food and what it means to create a new, place-based food culture. Public Programs Manager Elisabeth Zafiris will moderate an engaging discussion about the intersection of food, place, and culture.
Live music from Sarah Bunch!
Local girl and Weavers Way Staffer Sarah Bunch is a multitalented singer-songwriter with deep poetic sensibilities and a uniquely fluid vocal style. Her soulful delivery of both original material and her outstanding interpretations of other artists’ work, is consistently and genuinely mesmerizing.
Nina Berryman is the Weavers Way Farm Manager. Nina grew up in the woods of Vermont, surrounded by sustainable agriculture. After studying Environmental Studies and Geography at McGill University, she moved to British Columbia to attend an 8 -month ecological gardening program. Drawn to the challenges of urban farming, she came to Weavers Way in 2008, where she now manages two farms.
Aliza Green is chef manager at Baba Olga’s Café & Supper Club located in the museum-like home furnishings emporium, Material Culture. She is known as the first chef in Philadelphia to work extensively with local farmers and continues to buy local and sustainable at Baba Olga’s, where the water is filtered, food scraps are composted, and paper goods are bio-degradable.”
Anna Herman is a food & urban ag consultant, cook, gardener, educator and writer. She harvests her own veggies, fruit, honey and eggs from her urban homestead which includes an apiary, orchard, coop, duck-ponics pond (growing watercress), and a large off-site community garden plot. She co-directs the Teen Leadership Corps at Awbury Arboretum, an after-school and summer program for public high school students to learn entrepreneurial and other practical skills on as part of the Awbury Agricultural Village. Anna is also the coordinator of the Penn State Extension Philadelphia Master Gardener program.
Emily Teel is a loud-talking food writer and recipe developer in Philadelphia, where she’s the food columnist for Grid Magazine, a regular contributor to Serious Eats, and to Foobooz, the food blog for Philadelphia Magazine. Though she loves Philly, she also has a soft spot for Parma, Italy, where she completed a Master of Arts in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences. An alumna of Bryn Mawr College and a Legacy Award Winner with the women’s culinary organization Les Dames d’Escoffier International, she’s passionate about food and committed to the idea that everyone deserves access to meals that are both nourishing and satisfying.
Kate Thomas is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Bryn Mawr College. She teaches and publishes on nineteenth century literature and culture, with a specialization in Food Studies.
Advanced tickets recommended; limited seating.
Schuylkill Center and Weavers Way members price: $10
Rain location: in the main building