Sustainable Food Systems Discussion in Partnership with Craveity Marketing, Australia, Saturday, 16. March 2019

Craveity Marketing is a mission-focused digital marketing agency.  Since 2015, Craveity Marketing has been working to improve the U.S. food system.  All of their clients are businesses and non-profits who are doing good things with food:  From food producers who create responsibly-produced products to companies that reduce food waste, improve food security, or educate kids and adults on nutrition.  Through strategic websites, social media, and content creation, Craveity helps these companies grow their audience, communicate their mission, and make a greater impact in their communities. 
This dinner is part of Community Dining, an organization started in March of 2015 aiming to connect people through shared meals that engage us in the means by which we fuel ourselves, stimulate substantive dialogue about important issues, and strengthen social bonds. 

Its main focus is Jeffersonian-themed dinners in the spirit of the gatherings that Thomas Jefferson would have at his home with the goal of bringing people of all different backgrounds and perspectives together to discuss important community issues.  

Here is a description of what a Jeffersonian Dinner entails:
"As you build your table, consider political scientist Robert Putnam’s distinction between bonding and bridging social capital. Bonding is the connectedness between people who are like each other; bridging is connectedness between people across differences (think bowling league). The best groups will have some degree of bonding social capital (some people who know each other and can provide ballast for growing connections as the evening progresses), but should predominantly be people who don’t necessarily have pre-existing relationships (perhaps the point of the evening).”

Jeffersonian dinners also involve the host gathering photos and personal bios of each guest that the host shares with everyone before the dinner, so be ready to share.
Here are some food sustainability-related questions to consider:
 How do you define sustainability?
Are larger or smaller farms inherently more sustainable?
Do the benefits of GMOs outweigh the costs?
What concerns do you have when buying food for yourself or your family?
What steps can you take to reduce food waste?
What are some of the most confusing or frustrating parts of trying to eat sustainably?
What factors do you consider most when selecting food from a store?
(i.e., do you consider packaging, production methods, organic certification, locally grown, etc)
Is buying locally inherently superior for our food system?  Why or why not?
Menu (catered by Kitchfix):


Pan-Seared Falafel
House-made falafel, seared - not fried, and served with tangy, dairy-free tzatziki sauce.
Sides: Quinoa “tabouleh” salad and marinated cucumber, asparagus, and kale with lemon & parsley
Kale and Spinach “Caesar”
Organic spinach and Lacinato kale with cucumbers, oven-roasted herbed tomatoes, and almond “parmesan (non-dairy)”
Housemade Vegan Caesar
 Cauliflower w/Broccoli & Toasted PepitasSauteed Latin Vegetables
Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon & Walnuts
Sweet potato cornbread (gluten free – ingredients below)
Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Puree, Coconut Oil, Honey, Coconut Water, Salt & Pepper, Baking Soda, Pastured Eggs, Almond Flour (GF), Coconut Flour (GF)
Almond Flour Crackers from Simple Mills (Certified Gluten-free; free of Grains, Soy, Corn, Dairy & Gums/Emulsifiers)
8 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: Nut and Seed Flour Blend (Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds), Tapioca, Cassava, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Rosemary Extract (For Freshness)

Nutrition bars from Simple Squares (tied for the highest rate snack bar!)
Each Square is not only free of gluten, but also free of wheat, dairy, corn, soy and refined sugars

TeaSquares (vegan, gluten free) 

Within Without Granola (gluten free)

Superfood Fudge Brownies 

Chocolate chip cookies from Kitchfix
Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour, Chopped Walnuts, Organic Coconut Oil, Pasture-Raised Eggs and a touch of Organic Honey
Sacred Serve (vegan ice cream handmade in Chicago)

Organic Red and White Wine
SOCIAL Sparkling Wine


Virtue Cider

 Tempo Sparkling Te

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