St. Louis, MO, March XX, 2012 – McKendree University and Slow Food St. Louis are pairing to host a unique opportunity—a leisurely, intimate dinner and conversation with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, to be held on Tuesday, April 24th, from 6 to 10 pm at Farmhaus Restaurant (3257 Ivanhoe, 63139).
Mr. Schlosser is an investigative journalist whose 2001 bestseller explained the impact of the fast food industry on America’s diet, landscape, economy, and workforce. He began his career as a playwright and later wrote for The Atlantic Monthly, reporting on a variety of subjects from migrant farm workers to the nation’s prison system. Mr. Schlosser also co-produced two award-winning films, “Food, Inc.” and “There Will Be Blood.” Mr. Schlosser will also be speaking on April 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. For more information and directions, visit www.theHett.com.
The dinner on April 24th will begin with a round of delectable passed appetizers, followed by a stunning five-course meal, created by Chef Joshua Galliano, who was just named Food and Wine magazine’s People’s Choice: Best New Chef in the Midwest. A Louisiana native, he trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London and gained experience in some of the world’s great kitchens, including Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. In St. Louis, he was chef de cuisine at An American Place, and most recently, executive chef at Monarch Restaurant in Maplewood.
The menu will include many Spring flavor favorites such as asparagus, stinging nettle, Spring lamb, rhubarb, and sweet peas, plus a number of Chef Galliano’s classic dishes such as praline bacon and sorghum glazed pork loin. Beer and wine will be provided by Perennial Brewery and Sugar Creek, Chaumette, Bethlehem Valley, Mount Pleasant, and Augusta wineries.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Slow Food St. Louis’ Small Farm Micro Biodiversity Grant. In the past three years, it has given over $20,000 to local sustainable farmers to grow over 200 heirloom varieties of produce and to raise heritage breeds of animals. Slow Food St. Louis is the local chapter of a non-profit, international organization that promotes fresh, local, sustainably-produced food and the preservation of food traditions.
The cost of the dinner is $125 per person, which includes food, drinks, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are limited to 45 guests. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/235999 .
For more information about this event, please contact Kimberly Henricks at 314-443-4447 or visit www.slowfoodstl.org.