Mark Bittman Lecture


Join the Food For Thought Theme Semester and University Lecture Committee for THE FUTURE OF FOOD presented by Mark Bittman.

Monday, February 2 at 7:30pm
The Englert
221 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, IA

MARK BITTMAN is an award-winning journalist and cookbook author. He has written for the New York Times for 30 years, where he was "The Minimalist" in the Dining pages from 1997 to 2010. He is currently a Times columnist for the Op-Ed pages (the first to editorialize about food in a major American newspaper), the Magazine, and the Food section. His books include the now-standard How to Cook Everything as well as the groundbreaking Food Matters and Vegan Before 6:00 (VB6), which debuted at #1 on the Times Best Seller list. His most recently published book, How to Cook Everything Fast, is also a Times Best Seller. Throughout his career, he has made hundreds of television appearances, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning documentary on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously. His numerous professional honors include the James Beard Leadership Award and Books for a Better Life Lifetime Achievement Award.  

This event is free and open to the public, and we ask you please bring a canned food donationthis evening to benefit HACAP and local food pantries. 12% of households in Johnson County regularly miss at least one meal a week. As a member of Feeding America, the HACAP Food Reservoir distributes donated product to area soup kitchens, pantries, senior & child care centers, drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers and other non-profit food programs that feed the needy. In 2014, HACAP distributed over 3.5 million pounds of food to Eastern Iowans. The need continues to grow, however, and HACAP is in constant need of donations. This year, 1 in 4 children will be food insecure in our own back yard and the HACAP Food Reservoir will serve more Veterans and their families than any Food Bank in the nation (according to the 2014 Hunger in America Study). HACAP estimates that they will need to distribute 5 million pounds of food to our service area this year.

The lobby will open at 6:30pm to patrons so they can drop off food donations, with seating starting at 7:00pm. The event begins at 7:30pm.