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.
With graduate degrees in Botany, Biology, and Plant Ecology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, STEPHEN R. GLIESSMAN has accumulated more than 40 years of teaching, research, and production experience in the field of agroecology. His international experiences in tropical and temperate agriculture, small-farm and large-farm systems, traditional and conventional farm management, hands-on and academic activities, non- profit and business employment, and organic and synthetic chemical farming approaches have provided a unique combination of experiences and perspectives to his formation as an agroecologist. He has been a W. K. Kellog Foundation Leadership Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow. He was the founding director of the Agroecology Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the first formal agroecology programs in the world, and was Alfred and Ruth Heller Professor of Agroecology in the Department of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz until his retirement in 2012. He is co-founder of the non-profit, Community Agroecology Network, and currently serves as President of its Board of Directors. His textbook Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, is in its third edition and has been translated into many languages. He is Editor of the international journal, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and dry-farms organic wine grapes and olives with his family in northern Santa Barbara County.
MARK BITTMAN is an award winning journalist and cookbook author. He has written for the New York Times for 30 years, where he was "The Minimalist" in the Dining pages from 1997 to 2010. He is currently a Times columnist for the Op‐Ed pages (the first to have such a position in a major American newspaper), the Magazine, and the Food section. His books include the now‐standard How to Cook Everything as well as the groundbreaking Food Matters and Vegan Before 6:00, (VB6), which debuted at #1 on the Times Best Seller list. His most recently published book, How to Cook Everything Fast, is also a Times Best Seller. Throughout his career, he has made hundreds of television appearances, including Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime's Emmy‐winning documentary on climate change. His numerous professional honors include the James Beard Leadership Award and Books for a Better Life Lifetime Achievement Award.