ED Talks Welcomes Marcus Samuelsson

EatDenver's 2021 ED Talks are starting off with a bang.

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Sara Kay's 2019 ED Talk, "The Authenticity Double Bind: Striking a Balance Between Expectation and Reality." / youtube.com

ED Talks, EatDenver’s answer to the international juggernaut that is TED Talks, is returning to Denver on Wednesday, March 24. Instead of gathering in person, of course, you’re going to have to watch the six speakers on your screen instead of from the back of an auditorium. (We spied you messing around on your phone the last time you attended in person, though, so it shouldn’t be that different, right?)

For anyone who’s been living under a rock for the last 30 years, ED Talks closely follows the format of TED Talks: six speakers will have just 10 minutes each to capture the ever-shrinking attention spans of over 300 people from Denver’s independent restaurant community. The lineup so far this year:

  • Marcus Samuelsson: Top Chef Masters and James Beard Award winner, author, chef, and natty dresser. He’ll be talking about Black cooks and cooking in a country reckoning with its racist past and present (that’s the U.S. of A., y’all).
  • Eve Turow-Paul: author, public speaker, restaurant consultant, and cognoscente. She’ll be discussing her newest book, Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning. Avocado toast will not be provided, which is causing a sudden spike in my anxiety level.
  • Patrick Mulvaney: chef, restaurant owner, mental health advocate and—at 6′, 3″ tall—literal industry giant. The co-founder of I Got Your Back, a project designed to restructure the conversation around mental health and suicide in restaurant kitchens, will talk wellness in what is often a deeply unhealthy industry.

From 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24, industry folks (as well as, for the first time, the public) can tune in on Zoom for the series of short speeches. It’s free, and if you’re interested in nabbing any of Samuelsson or Turow-Paul’s work, use code “EDTALKS2021” on the Tattered Cover’s website for 10 percent off The Rise or Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning through Wednesday, March 31.

Find out more, including the latest on the lineup, and register on EatDenver’s website.

Talk to us! Email your experiences (and thoughts, opinions, and questions—anything, really) to askus@diningout.com


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