Mark Bittman Comes West: California Matters Series Plus the Commonwealth Club

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Food writer, author, and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. Photo from Facebook.

A report by Dana Eastland. New York Times columnist and author Mark Bittman is in California and has produced a video series in partnership with UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Food Institute, called California Matters. The 10-part series is all about the food scene in California, with each episode tackling a different issue.

I had a chance to talk to Mr. Bittman about the series and hear about what he is most excited to share with viewers. California, he says, is “really the most interesting place to look at these things. You get the most diversity…everything you want to think about with food and agriculture is here.” To that end, the series will be looking at everything from agriculture to labor justice for food service workers to urban foraging. The series kicks off on Monday June 8th right here, and you can catch the trailer in the meantime.

Speaking of Mark Bittman, he’ll be in Lafayette on Wednesday June 3rd at The Commonwealth Club discussing his new book, A Bone to Pick. The evening goes from 6:30pm to 7:45pm and includes discussion of Bittman’s latest research and the effect of the American food system on our bodies and our planet. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for Commonwealth Club members, and there are also premium tickets available that include a copy of the book. Acalanes High School Performing Arts Theatre, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd at Stanley, Lafayette.