McKendree University and Slow Food St. Louis are partnering to host a unique opportunity: a leisurely, intimate dinner and conversation with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.
The event is set for Tue., April 24, from 6 to 10pm at Farmhaus Restaurant.
An investigative journalist, Schlosser’s 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. Schlosser also co-produced two award-winning films, Food, Inc. and There Will Be Blood He ill also be speaking on Wed., April 25 at 7:30pm at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. (For more information on that event, visit www.theHett.com.)
The Farmhaus dinner with will begin with a round of passed appetizers, followed by a five-course meal, created by chef Josh Galliano, who was recently named Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef, Midwest and made this year’s James Beard Award semifinalist list for Best Chef: Midwest. A Louisiana native, Galliano trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London and gained experience in some of the world’s best kitchens, including Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. In St. Louis, he served as chef de cuisine at An American Place and most recently as executive chef at the now-shuttered Monarch Restaurant.
The dinner menu will include spring-flavor favorites such as asparagus, stinging nettle, spring lamb, rhubarb and sweet peas, plus a number of Galliano's classic dishes, such as praline bacon and sorghum glazed pork loin. Beer and wine will be provided by Perennial Artisan Ales and Sugar Creek, Chaumette, Bethlehem Valley, Mount Pleasant, and Augusta wineries, respectively.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Slow Food St. Louis' Small Farm Micro Biodiversity Grant, which, the past three years, has given more than $20,000 to local sustainable farmers to grow more than 200 heirloom varieties of produce and 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, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/235999.
Dinner with Eric Schlosser at Farmhaus, 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., Lindenwood