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Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents Foodies Jane & Michael Stern

Seattle, WA: Seattle Arts & Lectures rings in the new year with foodies Jane & Michael Stern. They talk about food and fun on the American road at Benaroya Hall on January 12 (they’re also the guests of honor at a “Community Dinner” to benefit SAL, January 11 at the Palace Ballroom).

Ticket prices range from Student/U25 at $10, Balcony at $25, Main Floor at $35, Patron at $50 to Grand Patron at $70 and are available now at www.lectures.org or by phone at 206.621.2230. Patron and Grand Patron tickets include a post-talk reception with the Sterns at Benaroya Hall.

The Sterns’ lecture will be open-captioned.

Jane & Michael Stern

While graduate students at Yale, Michael and Jane Stern fell in love over a fresh clam pizza at Pepe’s pizzeria in New Haven, Connecticut. The fact that they couldn’t find work in the art world fueled a plan: they would hit the road in a green Chevrolet Suburban and eat at every restaurant in America. While they didn’t achieve that goal, over the course of three years they did eat at a lot of truck stops. The more they traveled—and the more they ate—the more their fascination with regional food and culture grew. They began to worry that regional American cuisine was not long for this world in the face of franchise chains, so they spent the next two years keeping careful track of what was worth eating where. They called the collection Roadfood (1977). With six updated editions, the books are so tried and true that one reviewer has suggested they ought to be “in the glove compartment of every motorized vehicle registered in these fifty states.”

Years later, the Sterns are happy their predication was wrong. “To most people, food represents something almost as dear as religion,” Michael says. “It represents where they’re from, who their ancestors were, how they were raised, how their family gathered around the table. And I think that there’s still such a strong feeling for that that these restaurants are just never going to go away. Because people need them.”

In addition to their talk on January 12, which is followed by a post-lecture patron ticket holders’ reception, the Sterns will be guests of honor at a “Community Dinner” to benefit SAL at Tom Douglas’s Palace Ballroom, 6pm, January 11. Tickets for the several course meal and wine are $75. There are also “Combo Tickets” to the dinner and lecture. Visit www.lectures.org or call 206.621.2230 for details.

Written by franticfoodie

I am Keren Brown (note: Keren with 2 E's). I love living in Seattle, I think the weather here is fabulous and spend my days writing, organizing and planning food events. Read about Seattle food events, recipes or just immerse in the food obsession. Check out my other blog in the Seattle PI http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/franticfoodie/

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