An Innovative Gathering of Food and Community

June 9th at Truro Center for the Arts
John "Doc" Willoughby (Courtesy photo)

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is excited to bring the culinary community to Edgewood Farm for Beyond the Plate: A Symposium of Food, Writing, and Community on June 9th. The event will feature former Gourmet magazine team Ruth Reichl, Bill Sertl, and John “Doc” Willoughby, as well as local favorites including Ali Berlow, Michael Ceraldi, Sarah Leah Chase, Nicole Cormier, Elspeth Hay, Drew Locke, Meave McAuliffe, Raina Stefani, Paul Tasha, and Sara Waldman for a day of all things food.

The symposium will open with a panel discussion, Gourmet & After, with Reichl, Sertl, and Willoughby highlighting their experiences working together at Gourmet magazine. Gourmet was widely considered to be one of the most celebrated and innovative food publications of its time, exposing readers to a dreamscape of delectable foods and wines as well as to a range of complex issues present in the world of food. The magazine was in print from January 1941 until November 2009 and ultimately stands as an American cultural icon.

Participants will later sit in on a compelling and pertinent panel, Our Local Food Choices, featuring food activist Ali Berlow, chef Michael Ceraldi, farmer Drew Locke, and author Sarah Waldman. After a locally sourced lunch prepared by local dietitian Nicole Cormier, attendees will attend breakout sessions of workshops, talks, and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Sessions will include Waste Not, Want Not: Fermenting and Preserving Food with Meave McAuliffe, A Sense of Place: Beyond the Hook with Raina Stefani, Put it Up! with Elspeth Hay and Sarah Waldman, and many more. The afternoon will wrap up with cocktails and a book signing where participants will have the opportunity to mingle with presenters and fellow attendees. The day will culminate with a farm-to-table dinner at Ceraldi in Wellfleet where chef Michael Ceraldi will serve a seven course meal with a course-by-course wine pairing of hand selected old world wines. Ceraldi is known for preparing food with ingredients that have been foraged, farmed, or caught just a few miles from his kitchen.

If you are a lover of all things food, this is one event you won’t want to miss!  Tickets for the symposium are available at with limited seating for the Farm-to-Table dinner so be sure to reserve your spot before they fill up! welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on