After decades of combating unexplained health ailments, Vani Hari started FoodBabe.com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She says she discovered a link between what she was eating and how awful she was feeling. Vani shares her message and investigative blogging with readers across the globe. A Charlotte native, she left her successful management consulting career to pursue this dream. Her work has been profiled by a slew of media outlets and big-name food companies are changing their ingredients because of her work. We talk with Vani about being the Food Babe and what she’s working on.
Michael Pollan has been called "an ethical-eating guru," "high priest of food," even a "food god." The food writer and journalist has authored several best sellers including Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food and now he's coming to Charlotte to talk about his latest passion - cooking. His latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation encourages us to put down the take-out menu and pick up a spatula and reclaim the precious art of cooking for our health and for the sake of our food system. We'll talk with him about eating, farming, cooking, what he calls "edible foodlike substances," agribusiness and some of his famous food rules, like - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
The fried green tomato casserole alone would be reason enough to go.
Second Helping opened the doors to its carry-out shop on Central Avenue on Monday. I was going to explain how the program employs formerly incarcerated women who have difficulty finding jobs when they leave prison.
But then I sampled the coconut cake.
I was going to tell you how its parent organization, Changed Choices, helps those who are “Building new lives beyond prison walls.”