TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual four-day event in which some of the most interesting people in the world give short, vivacious talks on a variety of thought-provoking topics, including food. TEDx is a series of self-organized local offshoots of TED, for the those not among the lucky few who get to attend the real thing.

I was very excited to learn that on Sunday, May 16th at the MIT Stata Center, TEDxCambridge will present “How do you eat?” a celebration of food (http://www.tedxcambridge.com/)

From the press release:

The event is inspired in part by Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish “to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

“How do you eat?” is a question meant to be interpreted broadly.  We are reaching out to an eclectic pool of speakers including Boston-area chefs, restaurateurs, biologists, psychologists, engineers, designers, artists, writers, and food historians.  We’re particularly interested in content related to: sustainability; international development; the global obesity epidemic; the science of food; cutting-edge food technology; architecture, design & food; and food history.

The exciting lineup of speakers includes:

  • Dan Ariely: Economist, author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
  • Edgar Blanco: Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
  • Chandler Burr: New York Times’ perfume critic and writer of the Times’ Scent Notes column
  • Richard Chisolm: Filmmaker, A Recipe for Change, on reforming Baltimore school lunches
  • Alissa Hamilton: Author of  Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice
  • Coco Krumme: Wine Economist
  • Francisco Migoya: Former Executive Pastry Chef for The French Laundry, Bouchon Bakery and Bouchon Bistro
  • J. Kenji Lopez-Alt: Food Writer
  • Wheeler del Torro: Vegan ice cream maker
  • David Gracer: Proponent of entomophagy (eating insects)
  • Don Katz: Neuroscientist studying how context and experience affects taste preferences and neural coding
  • John Gertsen: Mixologist, Bar Manager at Drink
  • David Waters: CEO, Community Servings
  • Jennifer Hashley: Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (http://www.nesfp.org)
  • Adam Simha: Knife Designer

Tickets to “How do you eat?” are by invitation or you can fill out an application for membership located here.

Space is VERY limited, so make sure to apply ASAP.

To pique your interest, here are some great previous TED talks on food that you are sure to enjoy:

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