Theme Overview: Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food
If we are what we eat, then we are everything – besides taste and nutrition, our meals tell stories of lifestyle, culture, and surprising science. This year’s “First Fridays” explores food from our insides out. How has food changed us: our bodies and our digestion – from the feast-or-famine menus of our ancient paleo-diet relatives, to today’s processed snack culture? And how have we changed food: from the earliest cultivated grains to food production on a massive scale – and at the opposite end, the boutique appeal of locavore foods? Is access to food a given? Can our diversifying tastes support a sustainable environment? It’s a very local topic, after all: California is the market basket of the nation, and Los Angeles shapes global tastes with its ethnic influences and ethical considerations. Let “First Fridays” put five courses on the table, sampling food evolution and the science behind it. Bring your appetites for knowledge!
Moderator Bio: Patt Morrison
Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. And Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its vegetarian hot dog “The Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog” in her honor.
TOUR: 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm- “Food for Thought” with Jessie Jennewein, Gallery Interpreter
The food on our plate evolves as technology advances, alternative diets are sought, and the climate changes. Join us on a special tour and discover the connections between food and natural history. Feast your eyes on NHM’s artifacts and specimens through the lens of