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WRITER: GEORGE MCCRORY
CONTACT: KATHRYN WIESE
Marketing Manager, WSUI/KSUI
(319) 335-5747
fax: (319)335-6116
email: kathryn-wiese@uiowa.edu

Release: Aug. 7, 2002

(Photo: Madison, left; Kasper, right)

Culinary Celebration features noted chefs Deborah Madison and Lynne Rossetto Kasper

WSUI and KSUI the University of Iowa's public radio stations, are presenting "From Field to Family--A Culinary Celebration" Sept. 4-7, 2002 in Iowa City.

"From Field to Family" will feature Deborah Madison, celebrated chef, author, and founding chef of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, and Lynne Rossetto Kasper, chef, author and host of public radio's "The Splendid Table," joined by local farmers and chefs.

The four-day event includes cooking classes, farm tours, an Iowa City culinary walk, book readings, live broadcasts and a special formal, and an evening benefit for local public radio. Co-sponsors are WSUI, KSUI, Everybody's Whole Foods in Fairfield, the Iowa Memorial Union and Slow Food Iowa.

"This event showcases locally-produced, organic food prepared by local chefs. Deborah Madison and Lynne Rossetto Kasper are strong supporters of people eating foods grown and prepared near where they live. Our event is an effort to help perpetuate a strong movement in our nation toward the support of local economies," said Kathryn Wiese, co-organizer of the event and marketing manager at WSUI/KSUI.

Prior to the event, "Iowa Talks," a call-in Public Radio Series featured every Thursday at 10 a.m. on WSUI AM910, will feature farming, food, gardening or health topics. Madison will be a special guest for the Thursday, Aug. 15, "Iowa Talks" program.

Here's the schedule of events:

Wednesday, Sept. 4:

8 p.m.: "A Bountiful Harvest with Leslie Loveless." A discussion and presentation of local farm photography as featured in her book, "A Bountiful Harvest: The Midwest Farm Photographs of Pete Wettach, 1925-1965." The free event at Shambaugh Auditorium on the UI campus will be broadcast on "Live from Prairie Lights," WSUI's literary program.

Thursday, Sept. 5:

6-9 p.m.: Culinary Walk. This event showcases the best of local cuisine at downtown Iowa City restaurants Adagio, Atlas World Grill, Cafe 126, Devotay, New Pioneer Cooperative (hosted by dulcinea), and Red Avocado. Deborah Madison and Lynne Rossetto Kasper will participate. Cost is $30 per person, $10 for students, with children 3 years and under free. Passports for the Culinary Walk can be purchased at participating restaurants, or phone WSUI/KSUI at (319) 335-5730.

Friday, Sept. 6:

-- 10 a.m. "Iowa Talks Live from The Java House." Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Deborah Madison and Robert Morey, the "Cheese Guy" from New Pioneer Co-op, discuss local cheeses with Host Ben Kieffer and provide samplings for the audience. Robert Morey will perform live music. The free event, at The Java House in downtown Iowa City, is broadcast live on WSUI AM910.

-- 1 p.m. Farm Tour. Fae Ridge Farm, north of Iowa City. Free.

-- 2 p.m. Farm Tour. Wilson's Orchard, north of Iowa City. Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Deborah Madison to participate in both tours. Free.

-- 5-7 p.m. "Know the Score." a live 2-hour music/literary/cultural commentary public radio program broadcast by KSUI 91.7 FM. Lynne Rossetto Kasper will appear during this special program, which focuses on the sensuality of food. A reception by Eta Burken, Bon Vivant Fine Foods and Catering follows the program. The free event is at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

-- 6-8 p.m. Beer Tasting and Seminar with Millstream Brewing Company. The program at New Pioneer Cooperative in Coralville is free, but register by calling (319) 338-9441.

-- 8 p.m. Deborah Madison on "Live from Prairie Lights." The author and chef will comment from her latest cookbook, "Local Flavors," during the broadcast on "Live from Prairie Lights," from Clapp Recital Hall at the UI. A reception after the program by Iowa Memorial Union Catering will feature selections from "Local Flavors."

Saturday, Sept. 7:

-- 8 a.m.-noon. Cooking Demonstrations and Displays at Farmers Market, Chauncey Swan Park, Gilbert and Washington Streets in downtown Iowa City. The schedule for free cooking demos: 8 a.m., chef Becky Young, Everybody's Whole Foods, Fairfield; 9 a.m., chefs Derek Roller and Dave Burt from Red Avocado, with Deborah Madison; 10 a.m., chefs Barry Greenberg, John Moloney, Juan Casco and Jennifer Wilkins of Iowa Memorial Union Food Services will make sweet rosemary apple pizza with Lynne Rossetto Kasper; 11 a.m., chef Kurt Friese, of Adagio and Devotay and Patrick Martins, president of Slow Food USA will prepare Niman Ranch pork.

-- 12:30 p.m. From Field to Family: A Panel Discussion and Sampling. Local chef Kurt Friese will moderate a panel discussion with Deborah Madison, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, local farmer Jon Fogarty, and Patrick Martins, president of Slow Food USA, will explore the politics of food and how we eat. A reception and food sampling follows the free discussion at New Pioneer Cooperative, Coralville. Call (319) 338-9441 for more information.

-- 6-10 p.m. Gala Evening Celebration. This fundraiser for local public radio features an evening meal showcasing local chefs and foods, created in coordination with Deborah Madison. Presentations will be made by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Deborah Madison, local chef Barry Greenberg and local farmer Susan Zacharakis-Jutz. The event includes music by guitarist Tom Nothnagle and dancing with the Mike and Amy Finders Band. Call WSUI/KSUI for an invitation, (319) 335-5730.

For more information, call the WSUI/KSUI studios at (319) 335-5730, or visit our web sites at http://wsui.uiowa.edu or http://ksui.uiowa.edu.

For more information about Madison see http://www.randomhouse.com/features/deborahmadison/about.html; see http://table.mpr.org/about/lynne.html for more information about Rossetto Kasper.