TONIGHT, 7pm! Refresh: An Exploration of Food Thought Hosted by Chef and Author Berlin Reed

Join us TONIGHT,  Friday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. for an ice cream party, with frozen treats courtesy of the Montreal-based underground ice cream operation Le Crème Clandestin, and an evening of casual conversation on food with chef Berlin Reed, author of the newly published book The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World (Soft Skull Press, 2013)!

Berlin Reed launched The Ethical Butcher blog in 2009 and now travels the country hosting informative farm-to-table dinners that seek to educate the public about how to be sure their choices as consumers match their intentions. The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World is a food memoir based on his experiences as a nomadic butcher and renegade chef, chronicling his journey from "militant vegan punk" to someone who cuts up animals for a living--and reveals how these two seemingly contradictory practices share many of the same ideals. By providing customers with meats from more humane and local sources, Reed saw that he could address the toxicity of the meat industry by changing it rather than just avoiding it.

Photo: Michael Schnepf

Reed's discussion of "thoughtful eating" will be of interest to food-lovers, chefs, activists, artists and others in the community who are drawn to food politics and travel memoirs, as well as those seeking out more writing by queer/POC authors. Reed has been profiled as one of the country’s top 50 butchers in the book Primal Cuts, and is a charter member, and the voice of, the newly formed Butcher’s Guild. He’s been featured in O Magazine, on and has appeared several times on NPR. He is currently at work on a pilot episode for a TV series that documents his farm-to-table dinners across the country. 

You can read an interview with Berlin Reed at

Praise for The Ethical Butcher:

"A provocative, personal look at food production and locally sustained agriculture that may change the way readers decide what to put on their plates." - Kirkus Reviews

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