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Let’s Talk About Food and The Greater Boston Food Bank team up to Launch “Brown Bag Lunch & Learn” Series at the Boston Public Market
Series opens Sept. 11 with Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Rev. Patrick Ward of Trinity Church and Chef Jody Adams to discuss how food creates community

Boston, MALet’s Talk About Food (LTAF) and The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) are teaming up to host a weekly “Brown Bag” lunch conversation series at the Boston Public Market aimed at furthering each organization’s mission to educate, advocate and inspire the public around all aspects of our food system. The discussions will take place Fridays from 12 – 1 pm and run through June at the Boston Public Market demo kitchen.

Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, will help kick off the lunchtime series this Friday, September 11, with special guests Chef Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade and Rev. Patrick Ward, Associate Rector for Pastoral Ministries and Welcome of Trinity Church Boston, exploring the power of food to bring a community together−uniting people in times of celebration, providing necessary nourishment to neighbors in times of need and healing cross-cultural barriers in times of distress.  Other scheduled speakers throughout the series include renowned author and expert Marion Nestle, Ph.D, M.P.H; James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Ana Sortun; and former food critic forThe Boston Globe food, Alison Arnett.

The series launches a larger partnership between LTAF and GBFB to engage the community in how we eat, think and talk about food— from sustainability, food insecurity, school nutrition, the pros and cons of food labeling, to easy ways to cook healthy meals and simply bringing people together to share in the love of eating.

Designed to educated, advocate, and inspire, LTAF and GBFB will collaborate to host events throughout the year, includingKitchen Conversations, an audio project to capture stories about the unique and uniting role food plays in each of our individual lives.

Highlights of upcoming “Brown Bag” conversations include:

October 2— “Soda Politics” with Marion Nestle: Join internationally renowned author and expert, Marion Nestle, for a conversation on what we can do about sugar and soda.  Conversation followed by a signing of her newest book: Soda Politics.

November 20—”Fair Game: Writing and Reading a Restaurant Review”: Ever wonder what goes into writing a restaurant review?  How can you read between the lines? Join Alison Arnett, former food critic for The Boston Globe for a conversation on how a professional food critic goes about writing a restaurant review.

December 4— “Paleo vs. Vegan vs. Juice Cleansing: Do Diets Ever Work?” What does a top Harvard nutritionist think about the current roster of popular diets? Is eating Paleo better than eating vegan?  What diet works for weight loss? Which one works better for overall health? Join Kathy McManus RD, Director of Nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a conversation on how to choose the best diet for you.

December 11—“What do Farmers do in the winter?” with Chef Ana Sortun: How do New England local farmers cope, plan and profit during the winter? How do they prepare their fields, shelter their plant stock, feed their families? Chef Ana Sortum ofOleana, Sarma and Sofra, and Farmer Chris Kurth, Siena Farms will discuss.


Let’s Talk About Food
An organization aimed at increasing the level of public literacy about all aspects of our food system, Let’s Talk About Food (LTAF) is dedicated to changing the way we eat, grow, cook, buy, and sell food in our country. LTAF presents educational events in partnership with universities, museums, libraries, hospitals, cities and towns, cooking schools, trade organizations, science festivals and a host of other organizations with the goal of creating a new generation of “Food Thinkers.” Its signature annual event is the Let’s Talk About Food Festival, a food educational festival which occurs each fall in Boston, MA and is presented in conjunction with The Boston Globe and Whole Foods Market. To learn more about Lets Talk About Food, visit

About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB distributes more than 50 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to 550 member hunger-relief agencies and more than 30 direct service programs throughout Eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB provides meals for more than 500,000 people a year. For more information, visit, become a fan on Facebook, follow us onTwitter, or call us at 617.427.5200.

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