Holistic Afternoon Benefits Rootwork and Food for Black Thought

Date: December 7, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm  to  5:00 pm

Rootwork and Food for Black Thought are sponsoring a holistic workshop that includes an opening meditation and drum circle, yoga, a pop-up collaborative art studio, and an interactive panel with local community builders of color.

The event marks the official launch of Black Gaia™, a program and curriculum that hosts holistic outdoor hikes and visits to local sustainable farms. The program curricula combines tools for mindful living with the environmental and agricultural history of Black Diaspora communities.

Through workshops and retreats, Rootwork helps individuals and groups “get rooted”: de-stressed, centered, connected with ancestors, in touch with nature, and in tune with community. FFBT hosts screenings, events, and trainings focused on Black experiences with food and the food system, past and present.

Ticket information online.

Location: Soma Vida Work/Life Balance Center, 1210 Rosewood Ave., Austin, 78702

An Evening with Dan Barber on “The Third Plate”

Date: December 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:30 pm

Dan Barber will speak about his best-selling new book The Third Plate, which moves beyond farm-to-table to offer a revolutionary way of eating. Barber is co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY, also home to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit farm and educational center. His writing on food and agricultural policy has appeared in the New York Times; he has received multiple James Beard awards; and in 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Regular tickets are $40 ($30 for students), which includes reserved seating for music by Michael Fracasso at 7 pm and Barber’s presentation at 7:30 pm, and a post-show Farmers Market and book signing with Barber at 8:30 pm.

VIP tickets are $135, which includes a 6 pm reception with Barber featuring food from local chefs, drinks, and music; reserved mezzanine seating for the show; a signed copy of Barber’s book; and garage parking.

Information and tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, online or (512) 474-1221.

The evening is part of Edible Austin’s “Eat/Drink Local Week,” with proceeds benefiting the Paramount Theatre, Sustainable Food Center, and Urban Roots.

Location: Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701