Pre-Conference Events

As of April 10, 2017

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FIELD COURSE/MOBILE WORKSHOP
FOOD JUSTICE IN LA
Tour leaders: Sharon Cech and Rosa Romero
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 50 people
COST: $70 per person (lunch and snacks included).
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Light urban walking
DESCRIPTION: Come and learn about innovative food justice initiatives in Los Angeles and hear from local nonprofits and activists on a tour guided by Occidental College’s Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI), a long-time leader in LA’s good food movement. We will visit and hear about a variety of community-driven food access strategies ranging from farmers’ markets and corner stores, to urban agriculture projects, and enjoy lunch at Mercado la Paloma

 

FOOD FORWARD/THE HUNTINGTON

Tour leaders: Patty Micciche and David Kasunic
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:30Am-4:30pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 30 people
COST: $55 per person
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate harvesting; Moderate walking. Please wear clothes you are comfortable in and close-toed shoes.

DESCRIPTION: After spending the morning with Food Forward, you’ll be able to stroll through The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Food Forward will deliver an orientation on safe harvesting techniques and will supply fruit pickers, clippers, gloves, harvest bags and ladders, to help pick as much fruit as possible. Then, enjoy The Huntington’s Botanical Gardens; they are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens. 

 

WRITING WORKSHOP
MIGRATING MEDIA: BYTING  WORDS

INSTRUCTOR: Betty Fussell
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1pm-4pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 13 people
COST: $50 per person.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Classroom
BIO: Best Known for her The Story of Corn, Betty Fussell is the author of twelve books; her most recent being Eat, Live, Love, Die: Selected Essays. Her works range from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir and have been honored by the IACP’s Jane Grigson Award, Food Art’s Silver Spoon Award, James Beard Foundation’s Journalism Award and Who’s Who in Food & Beverage. She has taught food writing, food history and food preparation at universities, colleges, culinary schools and cooking stores across the United States and in Mexico. She is currently completing a second memoir titled How to Cook a Coyote: A Manual of Survival.
DESCRIPTION: By eradicating borders, the Internet has changed not just the cultural foodscapes of the Pacific but of the language we use to describe them.  Since the Internet has changed both our spatial and temporal perspectives, writing about food has never been so easy nor so complex. By focusing on how best to communicate in words and images the essence of a local food scene, this workshop aims to clarify the challenges of our global revolution.

 

WRITING WORKSHOP
DESSERT IS NOT AN ENDING: FOOD WRITING IN THE AGE OF INSTAGRAM

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Gold and Laurie Ochoa
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1pm-4pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 26 people
COST: $50 per person.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Classroom
BIO: Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he was the New York restaurant critic for Gourmet magazine and wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for the Times, Rolling Stone and Spin among other places, including the L.A. Weekly, where he was music editor and restaurant critic. Los Angeles Times arts and entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa was editor in chief of the L.A. Weekly, executive editor of Gourmet magazine and food editor of the L.A. Times. She co-founded the narrative journalism, fiction and arts city journal Slake: Los Angeles.
DESCRIPTION: Everybody eats and almost everybody wants to write about it. How do you make your writing stand out in the age of Yelp and Instagram? Jonathan and Laurie share their storytelling secrets, looking back at the writers who pioneered the field and forward to what’s ahead in an evolving social media landscape. Workshop participants will take part in writing exercises designed by Jonathan and Laurie to sharpen your food descriptions, story structure and social media feeds.

 

MEXICAN FOOD TOUR OF BOYLE HEIGHTS
Tour leaders: Sarah Jo Portnoy and Divana Oliva
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 10:30Am-3:30pm
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 25 people
COST: $50 per person (lunch included).
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Light urban walking
DESCRIPTION: During the first part of the 20th century, Boyle Heights was originally a diverse neighborhood made up of Jewish, Japanese, and Mexican immigrants. Today, working class Latinos live in Boyle Heights. We will explore Boyle Heights Jewish history with a stop at the Breed Street Shul, remnants of the original Brooklyn Avenue (renamed Cesar Chavez Avenue), and more. We will then explore the different forms of Mexican street food available in Boyle Heights today with stops at El Mercadito to try edible crickets and sample mole; Mariscos Jalisco, one of L.A.’s most beloved taco trucks; Guisados, one of L.A.’s most popular taquerías, La Monarca, a Mexican bakery chain that uses on high-quality ingredients, and Princesita Market, a tortilla factory that uses non-GMO corn imported from Mexico.

 

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