The Meaning of "Local": Keynote Presentation and Panel

  • Ringling College of Art + Design 2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL, 34234 United States
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Award-winning information architect, filmmaker, photographer, and writer, Douglas Gayeton, will deliver Eat Local Week 2016's keynote address at this thought-provoking event. Douglas is the co-founder of The Lexicon of Sustainability, which seeks to advance the conversation about America’s rapidly-evolving food culture by illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture. He is also the director of the PBS animated short-film series "Know Your Food" and author of Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.

Immediately following his talk, Douglas will join a panel of Sarasota-area food system leaders to delve deeper into the many challenges and opportunities surrounding our growing local food movement. Other panelists will include:

  • Laura Reiley, Food Critic at the Tampa Bay Times and author of their recent "Farm to Fable" investigative reporting series.
  • Steve Phelps, James Beard nominated-chef and owner of Sarasota's Indigenous Restaurant, which uses carefully-sourced local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients to give guests a unique and conscious dining experience.
  • John Matthews, owner/operator of the Suncoast Food Alliance, an endeavor to satisfy the demand for locally-grown products in West Central Florida by facilitating connections between local chefs and area farmers.

This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Sarasota and presented by Transition Sarasota. It will be facilitated by Nikki Logan-Curran of Hitched and Honey and held in the beautiful Academic Center Auditorium at Sarasota's Ringling College of Art + Design. For a campus map, please click here.

Tickets are $15 per person. Register in advance to reserve your seat. You can also pre-order a copy of Douglas' book, Local, at $10 off the cover price.