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Gaines' Lafayette Seminar To Explore Power Of Local Food

One of the university's longest-running "Town and Gown" events will explore the Local Food Movement.

Since 1990 UK’s Gaines Center for the Humanities sponsors the Lafayette Seminar, a series of programs and panel discussions on “trending now” topics. 

Center Director Phil Harling says this year’s theme takes on “Farm to Table” issues.

"Local food is a huge issue in Lexington, the Bluegrass, and Fayette County," Harling told WUKY. 

"There's been a lot of buzz about it here locally, particularly in the wake of the hiring of Ashton Potter Wright who is our brand new local food coordinator for the city of Lexington.  So we wanted to turn the spotlight on local food in a whole bunch of ways," Harling said.

This year the Lafayette Seminar will consist of three events spread out over three weeks, with the first one taking place  this Wednesday night, featuring a talk by DC Central Kitchen Founder, Robert Egger.

"That is an outfit which does an enormous amount of wonderful things in the DC community.  For one thing it turns tons of leftover or surplus food into over five-thousand balanced meals every day and distributes that food to over one hundred homeless shelters, transitional homes, and non-profits," Harling added.

Revealing the Power of Local Food gets under way at 5:30 in the Lyric Theatre Community Room.  The event is free and open to the public.  Additional information on the Lafayette Seminar is available here.