Debut Documentary: Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable LevelsOver 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing.

Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future. The film poses challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can generate a massive impact..

Foodopoly Author Wenonah Hauter Comes to Austin

Foodopoly Author Wenonah Hauter Comes to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – The past few months have seen a slew of corporate mergers with giants such as Kroger and Anheuser-Busch extending their control of the market. These mergers are just part of a trend of placing the control of our food system in the hands of a select few, creating a Foodopoly. Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, will be in Austin, TX discussing her new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America on August 7, 2013.

Foodopoly has been called “…a meticulously researched tour de force…examines the pernicious effects of consolidation in every sector of the food industry” by Publishers Weekly; “A forceful argument about our dysfunctional food system” by Kirkus Reviews; and“politically brave” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Foodopoly has received praise by such environmental and food justice luminaries as Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva and others.

Who: Austin Public Library hosts Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter to discuss her book, Foodopoly.

What: Join Wenonah Hauter for a presentation on Foodopoly and book signing, followed by a Q&A session. For more details visit the event page.

Where: Austin, Texas Public Library, Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX

When: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7pm

Interviews available: Wenonah is available for phone interviews prior to her arrival in Austin during the week of July 29- August 2 and on Monday, August 5, 2013. Please contact Anna Ghosh at and 510-922-0075 to schedule.

About Foodopoly:

Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table, a movement that has the commitment and foresight to build the political power necessary to change the way food is produced, marketed, distributed and sold—a change that is about politics and economic change, not just personal choice. More information about Foodopoly and Hauter can be found at

“Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.”

Tribeza Summer Solstice Chef’s Table Series


TRIBEZA presents its first biannual Chef’s Table Series with Austin’s top restaurants

WHAT: Through the upcoming TRIBEZA Chef’s Table Series Austinites will have the opportunity to gather around the table with their favorite chef, getting to know his inspirations and processes.  Each participating chef will create a special multi-course menu inspired by the summer season for this set of dinners, inviting guests to join them in their restaurant’s private dining room.  Many of the participating chef’s are using local, sustainable ingredients for the dinners.  Dishes include lobster, oysters, heirloom tomato salad, summer truffles and more.  Tickets purchased in advance are required.

WHEN: Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29

The TRIBEZA Fall Fete Chef’s Table Series, featuring autumn-inspired dishes, is scheduled for mid-October..WHO & WHERE:

Shawn Cirkiel, Parkside
James Corwell, Haddingtons– Scallops, Foie Gras, Venison…
Todd Duplechan, TRIO– Lamb Loin, Gulf Shrimp, Lock Salmon…
Ned Elliott, Foreign & Domestic– Truffles, Lobster, Oysters, Desserts by Jodi Elliott…
Julio-Cesar Florez, La Sombra– Cebiche, Ensalada, Parrillada…
Britt Markle, Shoreline Grill– Big Eye Tuna, Wagyu Steak, Gulf Red Fish…
Deegan McClung, Jeffrey’s- 5-Course Tasting Menu featuring Heirloom Tomatoes
Rene Ortiz, La Condesa
Brian Wubbena, Truluck’s– Sautéed Crab Cakes, Scallops, Carpetbagger Fillet…

TICKETING INFORMATION: Visit and for ticketing, menus and pricing.



Carolyn Harrold
Event Coordinator
(917) 301 5878
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Check back for more information on the following restaurants’ Chef’s Table Series.

Local Flavors at Art City Austin

“Dive into Austin’s fresh and flavorful culinary arts at Art City Austin 2010. With partner Edible Austin, Art City Austin 2010 is showcasing the best of Austin’s local flavors..”

The Art City Austin Café by Edible Austin. Photo by Jake Holt.

“Art Week Austin culminates with Art City Austin, a city-wide art celebration where the creative community and those who support it converge to celebrate Austin’s dynamic art scene. Previously known as Laguna Gloria Art Fiesta, Art City Austin takes place in Austin’s flourishing downtown retail and cultural district. This will be the 60th year of the city-wide art celebration and over 20,000 attendees are expected…”

“The Art City Austin Café by Edible Austin will feature local food partners including Aster’s Ethiopian, Best Wurst, Boomerang’s Pies, Co-Op Coffee, County Fair Catering, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Reel Popcorn, Snowie Shaved Ice, Mmmpanadas, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery, Ch’Lantro BBQ, Torchy’s Tacos and Zhi Tea…”

Art City Austin runs April 24-25, 2010.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact

Jordan Jeffus
Giant Media
512 462-4666