Eating Liberally and the Food Systems Network NYC invite you to join us on May 3rd at 6:30 pm for a screening of Pressure Cooker, an uplifting documentary about a hilariously tough (but loving) high school teacher in Philly named Wilma Stephenson who puts her underprivileged urban students through a kind of culinary boot camp to help them win scholarships to the country’s best culinary schools (think Rocky meets To Sir, With Love, with a dash of Gordon Ramsey).
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Pressure Cooker director Jennifer Grausman and Lynn Fredericks, the FamilyCook Productions founder whose Teen Iron Chef program is empowering youth all over the country by teaching them how to prepare fresh, wholesome foods and work as a team.
Where: The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Aves.
When: 6:30 doors open, 6:45 screening, 8:15 panel
Tickets are $15 for FSNYC members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students/AmeriCorps Volunteers
Tickets can be purchased here.
Grausman and Fredericks will be joined by several youths whose lives have been transformed by such cooking programs, including Fatoumata Dembele, one of the stars of Pressure Cooker, and Dexter Ambrose, a student at Brooklyn Automotive High who has embraced healthy cooking and food gardening with the encouragement of teacher Jenny Kessler, whose course entitled “Food, Land, and You” was recently written up by the New York Times.
Light refreshments will be served.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Systems Network NYC. To learn more or become a member, visit www.foodsystemsnyc.org.
Interested in other films about the food system? Also coming up:
Screening of the film Locavore at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. on Sunday May 2, 2010 at 4:30pm, by Barry Crumbley and Dr. Robert J.Woodbine of San Bao Holistic Care. This forum will be focused on letting folks know about the importance of growing their own food, buying locally, getting to know their local farmers and sharing thoughts and issues of the Black Farmer in America from a national perspective.