The conversation is guaranteed to generate plenty of food for thought. Dan Barber, author of “The Third Plate” and chef/co-owner of New York’s Blue Hill, will appear in Sacramento on Oct. 6 at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. The event is free, but pre-registration is required and seats can be claimed starting Monday at 9 a.m. via this link.
Barber has emerged as one of the most provocative voices in the modern food movement, especially in relation to principles of “farm-to-table.” “The Third Plate,” which was released in May of 2014, proposes a new paradigm for food production and farming that considers what’s in the best interest of the land versus simply feeding consumer demands. In Sacramento, that would mean more emphasis on cover crops to keep the soil rich and perhaps less production of tomatoes, a high maintenance and resource heavy crop which Barber likens to the Hummers of the vegetable world.
“The way (farm-to-table) is interpreted is very convenient,” said Barber, in a previous interview with The Bee. “It allows us to be pretty lazy about our engagement with agriculture, yet at the same time claim credit for being engaged with agriculture in a laudatory kind of way ... The chef at the farmers market is old news. What’s new is the chef learning the nuts and bolts of farming. That’s where we need to go.”
This appearance by Barber is part of the Sacramento Public Library’s One Book program, in conjunction with the Sacramento Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the non-profit Food Literacy Center. Amber Stott, the founder of the Food Literacy Center, will moderate the discussion with Barber.
A “Fruit-to-Root Pre-Party” will also be held Oct. 6 as a warm-up to the discussion with Barber. Tickets go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. for $55, and then rise to $65 after midnight Aug. 7.
Information for tickets and other event news can be found here.