2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for November 5

Today’s the day Indianapolis foodies and festival lovers have been waiting for since the close of last year’s Spirit and Place Festival. That’s right, today, November 5, 2010 marks the first official day of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival. The first event affiliated with the festival took place yesterday at the White Rabbit Cabaret (SAVORY with Steven Stolen and Gary Walters), but that was just a prelude to the myriad of fun and educational events to come. The theme for this year’s Spirit and Place Festival is Food for Thought, and today’s schedule of events and exhibits will certainly provide plenty of brain food for participants. From displays of Hoosier foodstuffs to the international water supply problem, November 5 events at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival represent some great Indianapolis things to do!

2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for Friday, November 5

Food for Thought Traveling Exhibit

In downtown Indianapolis, participants in the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival can learn about Indiana‘s impact on the national food supply. The Marion County Public Library’s Central Library is hosting an exhibit called Food for Thought during regular business hours on Friday. The traveling exhibit covers many aspects of Hoosier food production through the years, and you might be surprised to know that Indiana farming covers more than just corn and soybeans! Sponsored by the Indiana Humanities Council and Indiana’s Family of Farmers, the Food for Thought exhibit at the Central Library showcases farming implements and kitchen artifacts, allows you to interview a real Indiana farmer, take quizzes to test your Hoosier food knowledge, and much more. This is a great event for Indianapolis children, and it’s totally free.

Promotional video by the Indianapolis Public Library about the “Food for Thought” event that’s part of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis


Mindful Eating

“Do we eat to live or do we live to eat?” This is one of the many important questions asked by Krista Tippett at Mindful Eating, another November 5 event during the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival. Tippett, host of a show on American Public Media called “Being,” will be interviewing New York restaurant chef and co-owner Dan Barber about “the ethics of food.” Both Tippett and Barber are authorities on the subject and professionals in their field: Tippett was the recipient of a 2008 Peabody Award, and Barber is one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This enlightening interview is presented by the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University, the Alan & Linda Cohen Center for Jewish Learning and Living, and Channel 20 WFYI, an Indianapolis media outlet. Come to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck on 600 W 70th Street at 7:30 today to learn a little something about food’s ties to faith.

UNICEF Tap Project

The final November 5 event of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival isn’t really an event at all: it’s more of a clarion call. Usually when you go to an Indianapolis restaurant you expect to get unlimited water for free, right? We take clean, drinkable water for granted here in the United States, but drinking water is scarce in many countries throughout the world. That’s why, throughout the entire span of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival, participating Indianapolis restaurants are giving a helping hand to UNICEF to provide clean drinking water for 40 days to a child in need. All you have to do is go to one of these restaurants and buy a glass of water for a dollar. Surely you have an extra Washington floating around your wallet: give it up, and a child won’t have to go thirsty.

Promotional video for the UNICEF Tap Project, part of the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis


Participating restaurants in the UNICEF Tap Project include the Adobo Grill, H2O Sushi Bar, Indiana Live Casino, Keltie’s Restaurant, the Palomino, R. Bistro, St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, and several more. For a full list, visit the UNICEF Tap Project page at the Spirit and Place Festival website.

Food for Thought Traveling Exhibit
Friday, November 5 – Sunday, November 14, 2010, 9:00 – 5:00

Marion County Public Library – Central Library
40 E St Clair St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Mindful Eating
Friday, November 5, 2010, 7:30 – 9:00
$10/person, $75/patron (patron tickets include reserved seat, mention in program, tasting reception, meet and greet with Barber and Tippett)

Beth El-Zedeck Temple
600 W 70th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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