Experts Offer Food for Thought in Panel Discussion

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LOS ALTOS, CA (July 30, 2019) Los Altos History Museum will hold a conversation with a panel of experts about making food choices that can positively affect ongoing social concerns. Entitled “Eating Your Values,” the panel takes place Thursday, August 15 at 7pm in the Orchard Room at Los Altos Library. The evening begins with an informal reception at the Museum at 6:30pm, with appetizers provided by Epicurean Group. Registration for both is free.

The Museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” looks at the history of food, from the region’s agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts. Panel members go beyond the plate, raising questions about the quality of our fruits and vegetables, the sustainability of our farming methods, the place of animals in the web of life and the importance of gathering people together at the table.

Panelists for the evening include:

  • Jesse Ziff Cool, owner of Jesse Cool Restaurants, author of seven cookbooks and a pioneer in the movement for organic, seasonal, local food.
  • Sibella Kraus, founder of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), which cultivates urban-edge places where farming and local food culture can thrive.
  • Blair Thompson, Hidden Villa’s Animal Husbandry Manager who sees regenerative agricultural practices as an essential element in the future of food.
  • Peter Ruddock, a Slow Food California board president and Coordinator of the California Food Policy Council

“We’re living in a time when climate change is an unavoidable reality, and the country is incredibly divisive. What does this have to do with food? Food can be a solution to both of these problems in caring for the earth, one another, and our health,” said Kim Marinucci Acker, a Slow Food South Bay leader and moderator for the panel.

“Eating your values means you think about the community of people it takes to produce a meal,” said Slow Food South Bay Leader Ann Duwe. “To eat ethically, each of us needs to consider the people who planted the seeds, labored over the crop and transported it to the grocery store. Beyond equitable wages and working conditions, other considerations include the health of the soil and water on which our nourishment depends. We make a choice three times a day that can have broad, positive effects.”

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,

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