Chef Alice Waters to Tell Park Slope Kids How to Eat Healthier

By Leslie Albrecht on October 25, 2013 7:20am 

 Chef and farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters will speak at a fundraiser for P.S. 107 in Park Slope on Nov. 21.
Chef and farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters will speak at a fundraiser for P.S. 107 in Park Slope on Nov. 21.
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PARK SLOPE — Maybe the queen of eating local can convince kids to put down the chicken tenders and pick up some farm fresh kale.

Culinary legend Alice Waters, a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, will be fielding questions at a Nov. 21 event on how to get kids to eat healthier, and how to launch gardens at urban schools.

The chef and owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. will also be signing copies of her new book, "The Art of Simple Food II."

The evening is a fundraiser for P.S. 107, but the public is welcome to attend.

"All of Brooklyn should be there, as far as I'm concerned, because she inspired so much that happened in Brooklyn. Eating local, fresh, seasonal — so many of the newer restaurants in Brooklyn are about that," said P.S. 107 mom Melissa Vaughan, who's helping to organize the event.

Vaughan, who wrote "The New Brooklyn Cookbook," said Waters' influential culinary philosophies made locally-sourced menus de rigueur in today's restaurants. Waters also helped found the Edible Schoolyard Project, which works to create gardens in schools nationwide.

Her efforts to encourage children to eat locally-grown vegetables are in line with parents' priorities at P.S. 107, Vaughan said. The school has an award-winning garden, participates in the Wellness in the Schools healthy eating initiative, and recently became a pick-up spot for a community-supported agriculture service.

P.S. 107 dad Michael  Moss, author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us," will moderate the question and answer session with Waters. Tickets are $65 and include a signed copy of the Waters book, as well as sample tastings of some of the recipes.

The Nov. 21 Alice Waters event will be held at M.S. 88 at 544 Seventh Ave. It runs from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Early arrivals can have their books personally signed by Waters. For more information, or to buy tickets, click here.

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