The last couple of years in Baton Rouge we've seen a growing level of interest in how to improve our local food systems. More chefs are buying local, farmers market numbers continue to climb, school gardens are up and there is palpable enthusiasm for new culinary trends. On Saturday, Feb. 16, Slow Food Baton Rouge will host a live webcast of TEDx Manhattan's annual food forum, “Changing the Way We Eat.” The third annual webcast convenes farmers, chefs and food entrepreneurs from around the country to explore the state of the American food system and our progress toward greater sustainability. It will be held at the Shaw Center for the Arts' Manship Theatre from noon to 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the bar will offer brunch cocktails, local beer and snacks for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
Following the webcast, attendees will hear from local speakers on dynamic food initiatives happening in Baton Rouge, including Glasgow Middle School’s Dr. Mark Zweig who will report on his 7th grade food class’s Food Day event; Edgar Cage, who will discuss the Scotlandville Healthy Food Pantry and Food Access Commission organized by Together Baton Rouge; Carl Motsenbocker, co-founder of Slow Food Baton Rouge; and Lyndsi Lambert, who will share information on the $2.2 million food access and fitness education Fresh Beginnings grant, funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. After the presentations, attendees can visit with other culinary leaders at an expo in the gallery of theatre. Participants include Bite and Booze creator Jay D. Ducote, the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Healthy BR, BREADA, Red Stick Green Drinks and Slow Food Baton Rouge.
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