Food series sheds light on eating healthy

Caitlin Yoshiko Buysse | 10/20/2010, 4:34 a.m.

 And, speaking on sustainability in the oceans, Crawford detailed the history of Boston’s fishing policies, and warned that most stocks in New England have already been depleted, or will be over-fished soon.

The next morning, “Let’s Talk About Food” shifted gears — from the intellectual to the gustatory. Six prominent chefs from the Boston area teamed up with amateur “citizen chefs” to offer live cooking demonstrations before an eager and hungry crowd.  

The chefs included Jody Adams from Rialto, Chris Douglass from Ashmont Grill and Tavolo, and Tiffani Faison from Rocca. Also featured were Rahul Moolgaonkar from Wolfgang Puck Catering, Jason Santos from Gargoyles on the Square, and Ana Sortun from Oleana and Sofra Bakery and Café.

Preparing a wide range of dishes, the culinary teams quickly whipped up tasty meals like grilled bluefish with pomegranate glaze, chili rubbed pork tenderloin, meatballs and pan-seared potato and garbanzo cakes.

And closing out the weekend was a screening of the new documentary “Fresh,” by Ana Joanes. Featuring many high-profile food activists like author Michael Pollan, farmer Joel Salatin, and urban gardener Will Allen, the film explores many aspects of the American food landscape — from industrialized animal farms to sustainable urban gardens.

Rabkin said he hopes that “Let’s Talk About Food” will appeal to a more general audience in Boston — not just “foodies.”

“A lot of people want to know more about it [food],” he said. “But they’re not necessarily going to pick up one of Michael Pollan’s books.” The series, he envisions, will create a comfortable space where newcomers can enter the national food conversation.

And this is an important conversation, Rabkin emphasized—“food as a topic will be with us for a while.”

The Museum of Science’s series “Let’s Talk About Food” will continue through the fall and into next spring.