The Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with University of California, Berkeley to bring edible education to the university level. The course, a unique hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class, has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.
The 2015 course is instruced by Garrison Sposito and co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Haas.
A renowned labor activist, author (Fast Food Nation), and filmmaker (Food Inc., Hanna Ranch, Food Chains), Eric Schlosser started his career as a journalist with The Atlantic Monthly. He quickly gained recognition for his investigative pieces, earning a National Magazine Award for his two-part series, “Reefer Madness” and “Marijuana and the Law,” and the Sidney Hillman Foundation award for “In the Strawberry Fields.” Schlosser's work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, New Yorker, New York Times, and The Nation. Writing in The Nation about the topic of this course, he said: “I hope that the food movement will continue to grow and thrive. More important, I hope that it will become part of a larger movement with a broader vision—a movement committed to opposing unchecked corporate power, to gaining a living wage and a safe workplace and good health for the millions of Americans who lack them.”
Edible Education 101 is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, UC Berkeley Food Institute, College of Natural Resources, and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Office, and the Epstein-Roth Foundation.
Edible Education 101 artwork designed by Julie Van Scoy.