Did you ever think about the complex economic and financial structures lying behind your restaurant meal?
Me neither. But that's no reason not to start thinking about them. Two authors are stopping in Baltimore this week to shed some light on the money behind your meal.
On Thursday, Baltimore Green Works' Sustainable Speaker Series presents Kara Newman, author of "The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets," at the Enoch Pratt Library. Walker will tell the story behind the agricultural commodities market, from pork belly futures to the "all-but-forgotten American Liquor Exchange," which set the prices on liquor after the repeal of Prohibition.
Kara Newman's lecture is at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. For information go to baltimoregreenworks.com.
Saru Jayaraman, author of "Behind the Kitchen Door," will talk about how restaurant workers survive on what are some of the lowest wages in America in often poor working conditions. Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
Saru Jayaraman's lecture, "Behind the Kitchen Door: Paying Fair Wages and Building a Just and Sustainable Food Industry," is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall of the First Unitarian Church, 514 N. Charles St. For information call 410-685-2330 or go to firstunitarian.net.
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