The Grass Roots Of The Revolution: Edible Education

The Grass Roots Of The Revolution: Edible Education

Time: 9.30am -11.00
Date: Saturday 5th May
Price: €35.00
Location: The Grainstore at Ballymaloe

In Conversation


“What we are calling for is a revolution in public education – The Delicious Revolution. When the hearts and minds of our children are captured by a school lunch curriculum, enriched with experience in the garden, sustainability will become the lens through which they see the world”  Alice Waters .

Alice Waters was the  founder of the Edible Schoolyard,  a model public education that integrates edible education into the core curriculum. This began at a school in Berkeley California, not far from her restaurant Chez Panisse. The movement is rapidly spreading all over the United States. David Prior (nominated by Alice Waters, who is unable to attend – please see below)  will be joined on stage by other passionate educators who have developed similar movements. Bill Yosses, the White House Pastry Chef, Stephanie Alexander from Australia and Darina Allen from Ballymaloe. They will discuss the revolution and possibilities for similar movements all over the world.

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Bill Yosses is the executive pastry chef at the White House. He spent his early career in France at pastry meccas such as Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat and LeNôtre. Bill helped develop “The Dinner Party Project” in New York City as part of Spoons Across America’s programs in which chefs teach children about healthy food choices and how to prepare a dinner party for their parents.

Stephanie Alexander established her reputation as a restaurateur in Australia and for 21 years her restaurant, Stephanie’s, was regarded as an essential Melbourne experience. She later conceived the ground-breaking café, fine cheese and food store, Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder.

David Prior is an internationally published travel and food writer and a creative director. He is Contributing Editor at Vogue Living, contributes to T Magazine: The New York Times Style Magazine, NOWNESS and writes ‘postcards’, a popular monthly recipe column in delicious magazine. He is the host of RE:find for Yahoo! an innovative travel video series profiling tastemakers and their cities.

Until recently he was Director of Communications at Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project where he worked closely with iconic American restaurateur, author and activist Alice Waters. He continues to collaborate with Waters on special projects.

Darina Allen is the owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork, Ireland, teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter. The Ballymaloe Cookery School is situated in the midst of a 100 acre organic farm.

Alice Waters will be unable to attend the Literary Festival.   A Message from Alice Waters.

Dear Ballymaloe Literary Festival attendees,

 It is with great sadness that I must announce I will not be able to attend the festival. Due to the significant fire that recently occurred at Chez Panisse and the subsequent damage assessments, there are crucial repair decisions that need to be made in the coming weeks, and I am unable to leave the country at this time. My deepest apologies to all of you, and thank you for your support and understanding. I will be at the festival in spirit, and know it will be a beautiful and extraordinary literary and gastronomic event.


 Alice Waters

Alice Waters has nominated David Prior to represent her at the events she was scheduled to attend.