Monthly Archives: September 2014

Abhishek Majumdar and Ira Karnik Talk About the Play “Thook”, Hunger and Food Security

As part of the Festival of Food Security and this summer’s Food Justice campaign, Hartford’s HartBeat Ensemble presents the US premiere of the Indian Ensemble’s Thook (spit), a play in four vignettes. From the Bengal famine of 1943 to the severely under-reported Food Riots of 2008, Thook uses dark comedy, satire and documentary styles to engage the economics of day-to-day life and delve into the psychological distress caused by chronic hunger. Abhishek Majumdar is the creative director of the Indian Ensemble of Bangalore, who form the cast of the play, and Ira Karnik is the playwright.

Controlling Invasives: Is the Fork Effective?

From battered Asian carp to wild boar bacon, fighting invasive species at the dinner table has become an increasingly popular trend, even catching the attention of NPR commentator Bonny Wolf. While invasivory might make for some interesting recipes — lionfish nachos anyone? —is it an effective strategy for control? In this podcast University of Tennessee Professor Dan Simberloff and Yale postdoc and invasion biologist Sara Kuebbing discuss their concerns with the tactic.

Josh Evans of the Nordic Food Lab

Founded by the chef of Noma, widely recognized as the #1 restaurant in the world, Rene Redzepi, the Nordic Food Lab investigates food diversity and deliciousness, combining scientific, cultural and culinary techniques from around the world. Yale graduate Evans CC’12 will speak about broadening taste, the gastronomic value of insects, and exploring the edible potential of the Nordic region.