Notable Edibles Fall 2017 Issue

Pioneer Chef Odessa Piper to Speak in Madison Nov. 1

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Odessa Piper got an early start at cooking local and indigenous foods during her high school years on a sustenance farm in New England. When she moved to Wisconsin and opened L’Etoile in 1976, she was inspired by nearby farmers, and with them helped spark a local food movement and the growth of a vibrant, regionally reliant food system in Southern Wisconsin.

At this special talk entitled “Back to the Land, Again,” sponsored by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW), Piper will address the back-to-the-land movement that swept her up in the 1960s, and how it supplied the farm-to-table vision that shaped L’Etoile and other restaurants of its generation. Piper will also explore how current foodways restore interdependence between rural and urban cultures, bringing us all “Back to the Land, Again.” The evening will also include a cookbook signing and food samplings. 

"Back to the Land, Again," presented by Odessa Piper
November 1, 7:15 p.m.
Goodman Community Center, Madison
Free and open to the public

Wendy Allen is digital editor, copy editor, and a writer for Edible Madison. She reads style guides for fun, believes stories have power, and is fascinated by the evolution of the English languageā€”for better or worse. Her mission: to wrestle the wily comma into submission.

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