Mother Jones Presents: What’s in Your Food

What's in your food?

You are invited to join Mother Jones for a lively and insightful discussion on the politics of the plate. MoJo food and agriculture reporter and James Beard finalist Tom Philpott will moderate a panel of esteemed culinary leaders including acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, chef and food writer Tamar Adler, urban farm activist Karen Washington, and Farm Aid’s executive director, Carolyn Mugar. From Big Ag and pink slime, to food deserts and school lunches, listen as this savory crew dishes on how the food we eat will play a critical role this election year.

Tom Philpott

Tom Philpott writes on all things food and agriculture related for Mother Jones. He is the cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. With a distinguished background in financial journalism, Philpott formerly wrote for the online magazine Grist, and in 2011 he was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. Last year Utne Reader named Philpott one of 25 “visionaries who are making the world a better place.”

Tamar Adler

Tamar Adler is the author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. A former editor at Harper‘s, Tamar has cooked at Prune and Chez Panisse, was the founding head chef of Farm 255, and directed the second meat CSA in the country. She has done sustainable agriculture research for Dan Barber, and was the Edible Schoolyard NYC’s first culinary teacher. Her writing has appeared in Harper‘s, the New York Times, Mother Jones,, Gilt Taste, and Fine Cooking, among other publications.

Carolyn Mugar

Carolyn Mugar has been the executive director of Farm Aid since its founding in 1985, and has been active in various areas, including proudly serving on the Mother Jones board of directors. She also founded the Armenia Tree Project in 1994 and is active on Armenian issues.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson was the youngest chef to ever receive two three-stars from the New York Times as Executive Chef at Aquavit. In 2010, Marcus won Top Chef Masters, served as the guest chef for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration, and opened Red Rooster Harlem. Marcus co-founded in 2011. At Red Rooster Harlem and new destination, Ginny’s Supper Club, Marcus focuses on honoring farmers, ranchers, fisherman, growers and artisans, and buying from local purveyors. Marcus is also the author of upcoming memoir, Yes, Chef, which will be published on June 26th.

Karen Washington

Karen Washington, born and bred in NYC, is a passionate community activist and advocate. She has been a driving force behind turning empty lots into community gardens, and with La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, Karen launched a City Farms Market, bringing farm-fresh vegetables to her neighbors in the Bronx.

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A wine reception featuring seasonal fare from The Cleaver Co., followed by a conversation led by Tom Philpott.


Thursday June 7, 2012
6:30pm – 9:00pm


The Gabarron Foundation
149 East 38th (between Lexington & Third Avenue)
New York, NY 10016


Thank you to our generous host committee members and sponsors
for your commitment and support

  • Harriett Balkind
  • Dan Barber
  • Harriet Barlow
  • Hilary Baum
  • Joseph Brandt
  • Jimmy Carbone
  • Heather Carlucci
  • Andre Carothers
  • Mary Cleaver
  • David Corn
  • Diane Filippi
  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming
  • Sara Frankel
  • Linda Gelfond
  • David Glassco
  • Lisa Hahn
  • Brian Halweil
  • Diane Hatz
  • Christophe Hille
  • Fred Kirschenmann
  • Anna Lappé
  • Destin Layne
  • Lisa Leshne
  • Sarah Lutz
  • Peter McKillop
  • Carolyn Mugar
  • Michel Nischan
  • Jon Pageler
  • Ken Pelletier and Amanda Lao
  • Stefanie Sacks
  • Laura Baudo Sillerman
  • Kevin Simmons
  • Ted Snowdon
  • Kerry Trueman
  • Duffy Violante


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