Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

Past Event: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Mark Bittman’s talk is entitled “The Future of Food,” about the intersection of food, politics, the environment, and personal health. He’ll discuss “non-foods, like soda, and their impact, as well as how policy pushes foods, like wheat, meat, and dairy, that may be in no one’s best interests.” Plus he’ll discuss “the sticks and carrots that we need to move out of this mess.”

Chip Giller, President and Founder of Grist, will moderate the Q&A following Mr. Bittman’s talk.

Mark Bittman has been a journalist for over 40 years and a professional food writer since 1980. In 1987 he became the senior writer, later editor, of Cooks Illustrated, and in 1990 started writing for the New York Times where, until recently, he had a weekly column, “The Minimalist.” He now blogs for the NYT’s online column “Opinionator.” Bittman is the author of several books, including How to Cook Everything (1998), The Food Matters Cookbook (2010), and How to Cook Everything, The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food (2012). He has hosted PBS series such as Spain: On the Road Again, with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow, Bittman Takes On America’s Chefs, and The Best Recipes in the World.

In 2009, Bittman published Food Matters, which explored the crucial connections between food, health, and the environment. Related to Michael Pollan’s dictum “Eat food; not too much; mostly plants,” Bittman says to eat “More plants, no junk, less meat.” In a recent blog, “A Food Manifesto for the Future,” Bittman put forth several ideas “that would make the growing, preparation and consumption of food healthier, saner, more productive, less damaging and more enduring,” such as “end government subsidies to processed food; begin subsidies to those who produce and sell actual food for direct consumption; and encourage and subsidize home cooking.”

Most Sundays, Bittman can be found in the food section of the New York Times Magazine where he focuses on how to prepare home-cooked meals using a few ingredients that are both healthy and delicious.

SAL thanks Community Partners Full Circle, Mrs. Cook’s, PCC Farmland Trust, and PCC Natural Markets and In-kind Donor Finn River Farm & Cidery.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

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