GREAT BARRINGTON -- Berkshire Grown presents "Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food," a conversation with renowned chef and writer Dan Barber, author of "The Third Plate," and award-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

"We're thrilled to bring two provocative leaders together to talk about food and the environment," said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown. "These two writers inspire through their wisdom, wit and storytelling. This evening will be one of the highlights of this summer in the Berkshires -- it's not to be missed."

Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., has just released "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food."

Barber has received multiple James Beard awards, including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009). In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

For a decade, Barber has been investigating farming communities around the world in the pursuit of singular flavor. His conclusion: For the sake of food, our health and the future of our land, America's cuisine requires a radical transformation.

Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe," which was based on a groundbreaking three-part series in the magazine on climate change for which she won American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award.


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Her recent book, "The Sixth Extinction," acclaimed by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, was praised by National Geographic for its "combination of scientific rigor and wry humor that keeps you turning the pages." Kolbert lives in Williamstown.

Tickets are on sale at the Mahaiwe box office, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, and at mahaiwe.org.

Orchestra/Front Mezzanine: $25 ($20 for Berkshire Grown members); Back Mezzanine and Balcony: $15. Alexandra Dest Capital Management and Community Regenerative Agriculture are sponsoring the Berkshire Grown event.