Week Nine :: Aug. 19–27

At the Table: Our Changing Relationship with Food

The way we interact with our food is changing, from fast food to farm-to-table. Food is tied to our well-being, our sense of community. Joined by world-renowned chefs, leading food journalists, and other experts, we look at the value of food across the socioeconomic spectrum and learn what it is about our meals that bring us together. During this week, our celebration of food moves beyond the Amphitheater stage to several venues throughout the Chautauqua grounds, with cooking demonstrations, food fairs, master classes and much more.


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Chautauqua Food Festival

From Aug. 20 to 25, Bestor Plaza will come alive with delicious food, craft beverages and entertainment during the Chautauqua Food Festival.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures


  • Monday, August 21, 2017 | 10:45am

    Jacques Pépin

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    Master chef, author, Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

    Jacques Pépin is "the original Iron Chef.” He has published more than 25 cookbooks, hosted 14 highly acclaimed public television shows and taught millions of Americans – plus an entire generation of chefs — how to cook.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 10:45am

    Michael Ruhlman

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    Author, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

    Ruhlman will be interviewed by Ann Patchett, author, Commonwealth.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 10:45am

    Anna Blythe Lappé

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    Founding principal, Small Planet Institute

    Anna Blythe Lappé is known for her work as an expert on food systems and as a sustainable food advocate. Lappé, with her mother Frances Lappé, is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 10:45am

    Marion Nestle

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    Author, Food Politics

    Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, a department she chaired from 1988 to 2003.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 25, 2017 | 10:45am

    Bryant Terry

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    Chef, educator; author, Afro-Vegan

    Bryant Terry is a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. 

    Location: Amphitheater