November 1, 2010
Spirit & Place Preview


Spirit & Place is serving up a banquet of good ideas, great

companionship, and fabulous food at the 15th Annual Spirit & Place Festival! This year’s 40 festival events offer plenty of “Food for Thought.” Sample local craft beers, try international cuisine, and eat an orphan’s “feast.” Enjoy music created from and inspired by food. Discover how to keep bees and raise chickens. Participate in conversations about cookbook collections, hunger, eating disorders, and more. Don’t miss it! 

Here are some highlights:

15th Annual Public Conversation
A conversation on food and social justice will feature former professional basketball player Will Allen, founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee; Frances Moore Lappé, author of the three million copy Diet for a Small Planet; and Harrell Fletcher, an internationally-known visual artist and former organic farmer. The Public Conversation will be held on Saturday, November 13 at Emmerich Manual High School. Learn more…  

Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan travels to Indy on Friday, Nov. 12, to talk about places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, on our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He has been named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. He is the author of New York Times best sellers Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. He has also received an Academy Award nomination for his documentary, Food, Inc. ($15/$25 tickets. Buy them here.)

Festival Previews


Frybread Cook-Off: Celebrate frybread, the all-purpose Native American flat bread. Make it, taste it, hear stories, take home recipes, and meet guest chef Nephi Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo). 

Irvington SkillShare “Feast”ival: Explore how to be more self-reliant from garden to kitchen during this feast of ideas that includes everything from canning and composting to cold frames and solar-cooking.

Andrew Zimmern-2010 Efryomson Lecture Series: This international traveler and host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” shares his unique experiences discovering the cuisine and culture of more than 80 countries. (Program has been moved to the IUPUI Campus Center, Rm. 450, 420 University Blvd.)  

Balancing Food & Movement: Women will explore mindful eating practices, collect healthy recipes, participate in simple exercises, and learn the art of making choices that nourish mind, body, and soul.

Near Eastside Ag Crawl: Sample local fare from five unique urban gardens on this delicious tour that celebrates the locally grown food in the Near Eastside community, culminating with dinner and discussion.

Perpetual Pitch-In Project

Combat hunger by hosting a potluck! Join us in creating 48 consecutive hours of pitch-ins between November 12-14. Sign up today!  

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4 responses to “Spirit & Place Preview”

  1. I am super excited that Michael Pollan is coming to Indy! His TED talk is a favorite of both my husband and me ( and his talk on the 12th is what I’m looking forward to the most. Hopefully I can win tickets so we don’t have to buy them!

  2. Justin Brady says:

    I just read about the Near Eastside Ag Crawl. What a cool way to show off Urban Gardens. Hopefully it inspires more. Seems like lots of fun, creative Spirit and Place ideas this year. Hard to choose!

  3. Ed says:

    Signed up for the Nearside Eastside Ag Crawl. The Urban Garden concept is taking off right now. Wonder what we are doing locally.

  4. Christin Johnson says:

    Michael Pollan’s book “An Eater’s Guide” inspired me to make simple choices in my kitchen and has really helped me feel like I know what is worth eating and what is defninitely not!

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