Potluck and “Just Eat It” Movie Screening

When: Sunday, Feb. 26th, from 5-8 pm

Where: Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TNĀ  37920

Admission: a potluck dish (including at least one local ingredient), or $5/person


Do you eat leftovers? Do you buy bananas with brown spots? Do you compost? Do you throw food out if it’s past its expiration date? Do you leave food on your plate at a restaurant?

Find out what your answers to these questions should be by joining us on Sunday, Feb. 26th, for a community potluck dinner and a screening of the movie “Just Eat It,” a documentary about food waste and food rescue.

SFTV always loves the opportunity to gather people together for good food and good conversation, so we will begin the evening with a community potluck dinner at 5:00. We will have a discussion on food waste and rescue starting at 6:00 pm, with the 74-minute movie following at 6:30 pm.

The potluck rules are the same as always: entrance fee is a dish including at least one local ingredient, or $5/person. We strive for zero waste events, so please bring your own place setting (plate, bowl, silverware, cup and napkin). Water will be provided and Ijams will have beer available for purchase.

Movie synopsis: We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in ten people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences. Featuring interviews with author, activist and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart, food waste expert Dana Gunders, and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

The evening is sponsored by TDEC, Ijams Nature Center, and Slow Food TN Valley. While there is no charge to attend ONLY the movie screening, donations will be accepted and appreciated.

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