2015 Let's Talk About Food Festival Returns to Boston October 3, 2015

Author and James Beard award winner Marion Nestle Joins Award-Winning Chefs, Authors and Food Experts to Continue the Conversation About What We Eat

Aug 20, 2015, 10:43 ET from Let’s Talk About Food

BOSTON, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The 4th annual Let's Talk About Food Festival returns to Copley Square in Boston on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Author and James Beard award winner Marion Nestle will join Ricardo Salvador, director of the food and environment program for  the Union of Concerned Scientists,  Roger Berkowitz, CEO of Legal Seafood, Sheila Bowman of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Chefs Jody Adams and Sara Jenkins and many more for this unique free event, bringing together more than 20,000 people for an all-day exploration of the food we eat. 

The 2015 Let's Talk About Food Festival will bring together celebrity chefs, farmers and fishermen, nutritionists, non-profits, public officials, parents and food experts to tackle topics of interest in a fun and meaningful way.  The festival will offer something for anyone who cares about what they eat.

"As we launch our 4th Festival we are delighted and overwhelmed by the support from our community," says Louisa Kasdon, founder of Let's Talk About Food, a Boston-based organization that initiates, develops and fosters connectivity, literacy, education and public engagement around our food system. "This year's festival will be bigger and more exciting than ever, with on-stage personalities and one-on-one activities that touch on every aspect of food in our world. Our philosophy of education through fun engagement around food has come into its own!"

Presentations will include Sweet, a look at the overconsumption of sugar with  Marion Nestle, a James Beard award winner and author of the new book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (And Winning), Ricardo Salvador, and Brian Mercury, pastry chef at Harvest in Harvard Square;   Seafood -  where Sheila Bowman will discuss the state of New England fisheries, what's out there, and how to make the right choices with Chef Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi while Roger Berkowitz and Legal Sea Food executive chef Rich Vellante present a hands-on seafood demo that tackles the complex topic of New England fisheries; and Meat, which brings together Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks,  Nick Zigelbaum from Longest Acres Farm and Michael Dulock, owner of MF Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats to discuss raising, breaking down and turning less expensive cuts into flavorful dishes

Other presentations will include Veggies with Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta, a demonstration on processing tomato harvests into a freezable gravy; Golds, which will feature Sara and Nancy Jenkins in a pasta making demo; Fermentation, where ceramicist Jeremy Ogusky  will demonstrate the process of fermentation and how to set up an experiment; and finally, School Food, where award winning chef Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade, Chef Eric Brennan from Post 390 and Chef Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 will face off in a cooking competition recreating a kid friendly meal that could be made on a public school cafeteria budget. The judges? Boston Public School students. They'll be joined by Boston City Councilor, Ayanna Pressley to discuss the realities behind major school food reform

Additional activities at the Festival will include Kitchen Conversations, a storytelling project that asks people to share their personal food stories; the Edible Garden;  the Endless Table where individuals can discuss topics of their choosing around food; Edible Boston, which will highlight local food artisans and their products; as well as Ask-a-Chef and Ask-a-Nutritionist.    Finally, Culture Magazine will present a first-in-the-nation Let's Talk About Cheese event featuring celebrated national and international cheese makers. This ticketed event will showcase cheese and wines from around the world.  More information and tickets will be available at www.LetsTalkAboutFood.com

The 2015 Let's Talk About Food Festival is part of HUBweek, a week-long celebration of the integration of arts, sciences and technology, taking place in Boston October 3-10, 2015. 

"The Let's Talk About Food Festival is a fantastic example of how art, science and technology come together in our everyday lives," said Linda Henry, Managing Director at The Boston Globe.  "At The Boston Globe, we are proud to partner with Harvard University, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital to bring these civic events, important discussions, and future problem solving to the city during HUBweek."

About Let's Talk About Food
Let's Talk About Food is a Boston-based organization that initiates, develops and fosters connectivity, literacy, education and public engagement around our food system. Founded by Louisa Kasdon in 2010, the 2015 Let's Talk About Food Festival  is sponsored by The Boston Globe and Whole Foods Market. www.facebook.com/LTAFood  Twitter and Instagram: @LTAFood

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