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/.