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The Vita Table With Dr. Richard Wrangham
Caffe Vita
Seattle, WA
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The Vita Table With Dr. Richard Wrangham
The Vita Table continues with Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham and his provocative  new book, CATCHING FIRE: How Cooking Made Us Human.

Did cooking  more than the use of tools or meat eating  push forward our evolution and make us human?

Wrangham posits that the innovation of cooking food  breaking down its components to more digestible forms  is what unleashed sufficient energy and nutrients to make possible the fueling of the mighty human mind.  He also delves fearlessly into controversial implications for the raw foods movement, the diet industry, our food labeling system, and even gender roles.

One Pot, Caffe Vita, and Kim Ricketts will set a festive table amidst the towering bags of green coffee on Capitol Hill to welcome Dr Wrangham in conversation and heavy feasting. A team of chefs including Michael Hebb, Kurt Timmermeister (Kurtwood Farms), and Conor Donahue (Range, Farralon) will be cooking a seasonal in a Neapolitan wood fired oven. Renowned author Greg Atkinson, Dr. Andy McShea and Debra Music from Theo Chocolate and Michael Hebb will launch into an in-depth conversation with Dr. Wrangham. And the evening will finish with Vita Farm Direct coffee and Theo chocolate.

The Vita Table

Seattle is renowned as the most Literary and Educated city in the country. To celebrate our city and the power of IDEAS three distinct organizations have banded together to launch an intimate series of events that gently removes THE SPEAKER FROM THE PODIUM.

We have been lucky enough to bring some of the leading thinkers, writers, musicians, cultural leaders, academics, and filmmakers to our table.: Bill Mckibben, Spike Lee, Marco Pierre White, Cameron Sinclair, Mark Roth, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, DJ Spooky, Jennifer 8 Lee (the list continues).

This is a series about provocative ideas, dangerous ideas, musical ideas, culinary ideas, life-changing ideas; the ideas that form our culture. In the spirit of the SYMPOSIUM, we think that the perfect place to hold this dialogue is over food and drink and at a common table.

Kim Ricketts founded Book Events in July of 2003 with the goal of connecting people, stories and ideasthrough books. Fueled by a firm belief that people want new ideas in their daily lives, the company has expanded from two original clients to a growing list of companies and groups on the West Coast. This is a company dedicated to connecting authors and books with readers in a wide variety of non-traditional venues. www.kimricketts.com

One Pot is a global multi-disciplinary investigation of the common table. Past events have included post-modern symposiums, outrageous experimental fetes, and elaborate food engagements on five continents with many of the most influential thinkers alive. . Founder Michael Hebb has received international acclaim for his thoughtful cuisine and ongoing exploration of conviviality and table-making. www.onepot.org

Caffe Vita is one of the most celebrated coffee roasters in the country and has been actively supporting the art and music culture in Seattle since 1995. Vita is passionate about coffee and the dramatic role the bean and the coffeehouse has played in the history of progressive thought. www.caffevita.com


Caffe Vita
1005 E Pike
Seattle, WA 98122
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Stephanie
On BPT Since: Jun 26, 2008

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