Edible Education 101 at UC Berkeley
Follow along as food system leaders share their insights, research, and experiences.


T he Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th-anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley.

Edible Education 101 is a hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class. It has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the public since 2011.

About the Course Organizers

WILLIAM ROSENZWEIG is a Fellow at the Institute for Business and Social Impact. In 1990, Will served as founding CEO of The Republic of Tea and has had a prolific career cultivating early-stage companies focused on health and sustainability. He is the recipient of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award and was named one of seven people shaping the future of food by Bon Appetit magazine.


ALICE WATERS is a 1967 graduate of UC Berkeley and the founder of Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard Project. She is respected as one of the most influential people in the world of food in the past 50 years and is a recipient of many honors including the 2014 National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama. 

Spring 2023: The Legacy and Impact of UC Berkeley's Food Systems Changemakers

This uniquely UC Berkeley course, now in its twelfth year, invites students, alumni and the broader Berkeley community to engage in the dynamic process of food systems innovation and entrepreneurship. Food systems innovation offers a diverse portal for addressing climate, health and social justice issues in rapid and tangible ways.

The Spring 2023 course draws inspiration from the best of UC Berkeley’s changemakers: past and present community members who apply their distinct Berkeley experience to positively impact their wider networks, organizations and beyond. We turn our focus to students, alumni and faculty who are transforming the food system. A remarkable cohort of UC Berkeley thinkers and doers including Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and David Mas Masumoto will participate in fresh and personal conversations each week, and will illuminate the often illusive process of transforming ideas into action.

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Will Rosenzweig
Setting the Table: Course Overview
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Michael Pollan
Food Systems
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Saru Jayaraman
Change Making the Restaurant Sector
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Dr. Kristine Madsen and Sakeenah Shabazz
Nudging Food Culture
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Elaine Hsu, Ryan Peterson, and Alana Siegner
The Promises of Regenerative Agriculture
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Mas Masumoto
Generational Family Farming
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Paul Rice
Fair Trade, Certifications and Value Creation
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Amanda Eller, Louis Trevino, Vincent Medina, Rachel Stinebaugh
UC Berkeley Food Systems Changemakers
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Alison Lingane
Creating and Sharing Value in the Food System
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
The Future of Food