This academic year, 2017-2018, William Paterson University will present a year of lectures, workshops, theater, music, film, art exhibitions, and panels around the topic of food. Entitled Food for Thought: A Unique Series of Events Exploring the Culture, Politics & Science of Food, and including international lunches and dinners and edible foraging hikes, will bring together William Paterson students, faculty, staff and food enthusiasts from our community to explore the many aspects of food in our society.
Most events are open to the public. Please continue to check our website for information on Food for Thought Spring 2018 events. Spring events will include a musical performance by Jen Chapin, who will also talk about the work she has carried on for the non-profit Why Hunger, founded by her father, the late Harry Chapin; a panel on food-writing featuring, among others, Jordana Rothman, restaurant editor of Food and Wine Magazine; a Business of Food panel featuring executives from NJ-based food businesses; and a Distinguished Lecturer series talk by Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, who is acknowledged as the founder of the farm-to-table movement in the United States.
University Theatre, in conjunction with Food for Thought presents They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo
Translated by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Directed by Samantha Tella
A new translation of Italian playwright/activist Dario Fo’s classic play about working-class citizens rebelling against the high price of food. Two friends become part of a supermarket frenzy, leading to hilarious circumstances, with a message of equality for all.
Admission: General Public $15 • WP community and senior citizens $10 This production performs March 22-25, 2018 Thursday-Saturday at 7:00pm • Saturday also at 2:00pm • Sunday at 3:00pm
Four prominent writers, including a former NY Times columnist, and the current restaurant editor of Food & Wine Magazine, discuss how food writers help shape what we eat. This panel discussion offers a fascinating look at food trends, celebrity chefs, and the foodie nation.
Members of the environmental/art and design collective SPURSE, authors of Eat Your Sidewalk, discuss food and the environment with Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of the former NYC farm-to-table restaurant Savoy. SPURSE will offer tastes of foraged foods during lecture.
Food for Thought Series presents The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra
PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. Please contact the box office for a refund or more information. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra performs with freshly prepared instruments made out of vegetables like a saxophone-soundalike “cucumberphone”, pumpkin bass drums struck with lemon grass, various carrot flutes, Butternut Squashes that carry the sound of brass instruments, and other really cool inventions. Kids will never look at their vegetables the same way!
Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m. Appropriate for all ages
Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impending storm for 3/21/18, this event has been re-scheduled to MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 at 12:30pm in UC 211. Please hold onto your tickets, as they will be honored for the new date. For more information, please call the box office at 973-720-2371. Thank you. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
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
Syria Supper Club
Film and Discussion
Does environmental sustainability mean it’s okay to poach, hunt and forage? Celebrity chef, food writer and environmentalist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, tackles these sometimes-controversial issues. A post-film discussion on the ethics and importance of hunting will be led by Iain Kerr, co-founder of SPURSE, which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership.
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