Join us for a delicious dinner prepared by chef artist Jessica Washburn and special guests that provides food for thought.
1.3 billion tons of food — one third of the world’s total food production — are lost or wasted every year. In the United States 30 percent of all food is thrown away. This is happening in our homes, grocery stores and farms. Pope Francis recently stated that “throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry” and that “consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value.” If wasting food underlines economic inequalities, it is also creates environmental hazards, releasing harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and depleting fresh water supplies.
This art event explores how we can creatively repurpose foods that are deemed imperfect and often end up in the trash. Can we challenge our expectation that food needs to be visually perfect to be edible? Can we extend the life of food that is deemed past its prime? Can we find ways to make the best of what food we have available?
Join us at the table for a nutritious and delicious meal skillfully made of commercially nonviable foods gleaned from the groceries and farmers markets surrounding Montalvo Arts Center. Bay Area chefs will meet the challenge and explore exciting culinary possibilities for foods deemed imperfect, but still full of life and sustenance.
The evening will feature a video projection on the villa and informal discussion with Jessica Washburn and special guests. Space is limited.
This dinner is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mountains in my Spoon: Artists and Food at the Lucas Artists Residency on view at the Project Space Gallery October 18, 2013 through February 9, 2014. The exhibition and related events are organized in association with Around the Table: food, creativity, community, a South Bay festival of food and the arts extending from July 2013 through April 2014. Featuring a flagship exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art and accompanying festival of activities presented by thirty partnering organizations, Around the Table celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives.