Gina Rae La Cerva (’15 MESc)

Feasting Wild

A Conversation on the Politics, Pleasures, and (Bio)diversity of Foraging

Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 pm EDT


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Humans once used nearly 30,000 plant species for food and medicine. Today, we rely on just 30. How did this happen? And what does this mean for our bodies, minds, and spirits? 

We’re hosting Gina Rae La Cerva (’15 MESc) for a discussion of her book Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food (Greystone Books, 2020), a NYTimes Book Review Summer Reading Selection. She’ll be joined in conversation by forager Alexis Nikole Nelson to speak about how our evolution as hunter-gatherers still affects our culinary cravings, the ways foraging can improve human and planetary health, and why eating wild plants might be the key to reconnecting to our environments and each other.

We are partnering with local caterer Small Kitchen Big Taste to offer attendees a delicious, three-course meal pairing featuring Connecticut ingredients for this thought-provoking food event. Menu, ordering, and pick-up details can be found here. Vegan option available.

Please visit People Get Ready Books to order your copy of Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food. A limited quantity of author-signed bookplates are still available, so order early!

The lecture will include live English captioning.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life and the Bromley Fund. It is presented in partnership with the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale and Yale School of the Environment.