2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Andrew Zimmern and De-Mystifying Food Choices

The popular 2010 Spirit and Place Festival continues today, Monday, November 8 in downtown Indianapolis and other areas of the Circle City. Already Indianapolis festival goers have had a delicious and enlightening time at this year’s Spirit and Place Festival, what with the memorabilia and presentations at the Food for Thought Traveling Exhibit at the Central Library, Mindful Eating at Beth El-Zedeck, and other Indianapolis events that took place over the weekend (Play With Your Food, Irvington SkillShare Feastival).

The oven stays hot on Monday as two more events come to Indianapolis to delight everyone from ethically conscious organic fanatics to cockroach popping world travelers. Andrew Zimmern, star of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, will be speaking today, as will a panel of Indiana farmers and culinarians. November 8 events at the Spirit and Place Festival are just another facet of this enlightening Indianapolis event.

2010 Spirit and Place Festival: Events for Monday, November 8

Andrew Zimmern at the 2010 Efroymson Lecture Series

The 2010 Spirit and Place Festival is not without its celebrities, and Andrew Zimmern is one of them. Viewers of the Travel Channel will recognize Zimmern’s bald head, iron stomach, and undiscerning palate from Bizarre Foods, where he travels the world and enjoys foods most Americans wouldn’t be able to sniff without retching. Zimmern will be lecturing on his food adventures around the world: during the course of the show (and his life), Andrew Zimmern has sampled the strangest fare from over 80 countries, and now he’s coming to Indy to tell us all about it. Winner of the James Beard Award and veteran of the lecture circuit, Andrew Zimmern’s stories should be entertaining and more than a little disgusting, but you’ll also gain a whole new cultural perspective on food: what may be gross to the United States is just another meal elsewhere in the world.

Andrew Zimmern samples meats from Japan in this video clip from “Bizarre Foods;” Andrew Zimmern will be speaking at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis


The event will start with a lecture and finish with a question and answer session. You can catch Andrew Zimmern at Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) from 7:00 to 9:00 today, November 8, 2010. Andrew Zimmern’s lecture is presented by the Indianapolis Department of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management, the Ivy Tech Community College Hospitality Program, and IUPUI.

De-Mystifying Food Choices

If Andrew Zimmern’s presentation will give you food choices from around the world, De-Mystifying Food Choices will give you ethical and sustainable food choices from your own backyard. Educate yourself on the marketing terminology used by big corporations, what it really means to be “green,” and the benefits of going organic with this 2010 Spirit and Place Festival event. A panel of experts from several aspects of the food industry will be on hand to discuss how your day to day grocery store decisions impact the environment, the United States, and food all over the world. De-Mystifying Food Choices is your chance to learn about every step on the food pyramid.

Channel 13 WTHR video about Balanced Harvest Farm in Carmel, Indiana, featuring an interview with farmer and co-owner Todd Jameson, who is part of the panel at De-Mystifying Food Choices at the 2010 Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis


Moderated by Tyler Henderson, the co-owner of the Indy Winter Farmers Market and a farmer with Big City Farms, the expert panel will also include Chris Eley (chef and owner of Goose the Market, discussing meat), Tia Agnew (co-owner of New Day Meadery, discussing alcohol), Todd Jameson (farmer and owner of Balanced Harvest Farm, discussing fruit and vegetables), John Egerton (author of Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, and In History, among many other books, discussing seafood), and culinarian Ed Stites, discussing coffee and tea. This 2010 Spirit and Place Festival event takes place at the New Day Meadery and starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2010.

Andrew Zimmern at 2010 Efroymson Lecture Series
IUPUI Campus Center on November 8, 2010 at 7:00

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450
420 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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De-Mystifying Food Choices
New Day Meadery on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.

New Day Meadery
1102 Prospect St
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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