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Dan Barber to give keynote during Edible Austin’s Eat Drink Local Week

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Hard to believe, but Edible Austin’s annual Eat Drink Local Week is just around the corner.

The eighth annual celebration of the Central Texas food (and beverage) community will take place from Dec. 6 to 13, but tickets go on sale this week to the event’s biggest night on Monday, Dec. 8: A keynote speech at the Paramount Theatre from Dan Barber, the New York chef who runs the famed Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant and an adjacent nonprofit farm and education center.

Barber has won two James Beard chef awards, including Best Chef: New York City in 2006 and the country’s Outstanding Chef in 2009, and he will be here to talk about some of the concepts in his recently published “The Third Plate, Field Notes on the Future of Food,” in which he argues that we need to go beyond thinking that “farm-to-table” is the answer to every question that the modern food and agriculture system presents.

Tickets to the show, which starts at 7 p.m. and features music from Austinnite Michael Fracasso, cost $35 ($25 for students), but you can also buy a VIP ticket ($130) that includes access to a pre-show meet and greet with food from local chefs and a copy of “The Third Plate.”

Proceeds from the event will support the Paramount Theatre, Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

The rest of the Eat Drink Local Week schedule will be posted soon at edibleaustin.com.