Episode 16: Odessa Piper

Feb 16th, 2021

Odessa Piper, founder of L’Etoile, a pioneering farm-to-table restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, is an author and James Beard award winner as Best Chef Midwest in 2002. In 2018, Odessa helped launch the Food Artisan Immersion Program, a seasonal work-study residency on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin, that focuses on the Driftless Region ecology and includes instruction in gardening and food-service. Tune in to learn more about:

– The history of the L’Etoile (which she founded at only 23), which means ‘star’ in French, how it was inspired by the hidden stars in food and nature

– Her own story of growing up surrounded by the magic of growing your own food and going out in the forest to forage wild foods

– How she found the magic in food after dropping out of high school

– How she learned to rely and use food grown in her community and region

– About the Food Artisan Immersion Program, a seasonal work-study residency on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin

– How early childhood education about food and our food system can help Gaia (our planet)

To learn more about the Taliesin Estate, go to  https://www.taliesinpreservation.org/.