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Michael Pollan to Speak at Beth El Synagogue


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Michael Pollan, a superstar of the local, sustainable food movement, is coming to St. Louis Park.

Described in a 2006 New York Times book review as a "liberal foodie intellectual," Michael Pollan started transforming our notions about food and health with his 1991 book Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education. By the time his book In Defense of Food came out in 2009, Pollan had gained a reputation as being an authority on how to eat healthfully and sustainably. These days, In Defense of Food is a popular book club selection, and Pollan has become a household name. He’s appeared on Oprah, The Colbert Report, and NPR’s Morning Edition. He was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders” in 2009, and named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

On Thursday, May 2, from 7-9 p.m., Minnesotans will have the opportunity to hear Pollan speak at Beth El Synagogue, in conjunction with their Inspiring Minds Series.

cooked book“The Inspiring Minds Series has brought people like Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, and Deepak Chopra to Minnesota,” explained Kelly Velander, marketing and communications director for Beth El Synagogue. “Along the lines of spiritual inspiration that we promote through this series, Pollan will show us how the classical elements of earth, water, fire, and air are a part of the food we eat.”

Appetizers will be provided by Stewart and Heidi Woodman of Heidi’s and Birdhouse. Tickets start at $60 for general admission. A $500 premium ticket will get you special, upfront assigned seating and admission to a private VIP reception with Pollan prior to the public presentation (reception attendees will also receive a copy of Michael's brand new book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation for signing, and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Pollan). A portion of the proceeds will go to Appetite for Change, a nonprofit organization in North Minneapolis.

Beth El Synagogue
5224 West 26th St., St. Louis Park
952-873-7300, bethelsynagogue.org

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