Food for Thought

Hosted at Odd Duck


About this FieldTrip

Join us for a unique, international event featuring a discussion between two Austin authorities on the state of food, both locally and globally. The conversation will start between Sam Hellman-Mass and Raj Patel, and then extend to the audience. Take part in an enlightening discussion about how the public’s perception and understanding of the food industry is changing and what it means for everyone to eat “good” food.

Odd Duck will provide a light breakfast in keeping with their mission of local and seasonal food sourcing.

Free event—no badge required—BUT registration is mandatory. No +1’s for this event. Everyone must be registered.

About the speaker

Sam Hellman-Mass is a chef/owner of Odd Duck, which opened in December 2013. It is a full restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner on the exact lot the successful trailer, by the same name, once stood.

Continuing the philosophy of supporting local farmers, making everything from scratch and working to capture the true craft of cooking in each bite, Odd Duck’s menu is inspired by the Texas seasons using local ingredients that showcase the loyal relationships between the chefs and the farmers built throughout the years. Odd Duck has received much national acclaim with Hellman-Mass’ help. In 2014 Odd Duck was named one of Bon Appetit Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S., Eater National’s Restaurant of the Year and shortly thereafter, Hellman-Mass was named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 for 2014.

In 2015, Hellman-Mass was named as a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Rising Star Chef.

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa.

His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller. He can be heard co-hosting the fortnightly food politics podcast The Secret Ingredient with Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott, and KUT’s Rebecca McInroy.

He is currently working on a ground-breaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James. He’s also completing a book on world ecology with Jason W. Moore for the University of California Press entitled Seven Cheap Things.

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