If you've never heard of the Food Babe, have you been living in an underground bunker (a la Kimmy Schmidt)?
The blogger, whose real name is name Vani Hari, has hit the motherlode of internet fame by targeting industrialized food producers and calling them out on unrecognizable chemical additives.
Hari was recently named one of “The 30 Most Influential People On The Internet” by Time Magazine, and now she's bringing her advocacy efforts to South Florida. Thanks to the ladies of SEED Food and Wine Festival, Hari will be giving a talk and doing a book signing at Green Bar & Kitchen this Friday, March 27, and everyone is invited.
The event (and another at Books & Books Miami on Thursday) is sponsored by Seed Food and Wine Festival.
"We have always wanted Seed Miami to not just be a weekend festival but to be a catalyst to get people talking about conscious plant based living and what that means for our health and the planet," said Michelle Gaber, co-founder of Seed.
"While we were creating Seed one of our earliest conversations was with our good friends at Books & Books. We discussed how we could entice more publishers and authors in our genre to make Miami and Fort Lauderdale a 'must stop' on book tours and lectures. This is our first collaboration with plans for many more to come," adds Alison Burgos, Seed's other co-founder.
"When we were in the planning stages with Books and Books to showcase more great plant strong, vegan and sustainability authors and experts, we knew there was a hungry audience in Broward too, the natural choice was to work with Green Bar and Kitchen. They live and breath this community, they are constantly elevating the conversation, bringing us amazing and health food and I consider them family. It was kind of a 'no brainer'."
The GBK event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and will include "GBK Talk" and book signing of Hari's national bestseller: The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days.
Hari has made a name for herself by calling out corporate food entities on their chemical ingredients. She's frequently been successful in getting companies to adopt new policies: Chick Fil A removed dyes, artificial corn syrup, and TBHQ from products after she wrote a piece; Subway agreed to remove azodicarbonamide from its bread after she launched a petition, and Kraft changed its mac and cheese formula after she called for the removal of several ingredients.
"The best part about writing a book is meeting the people reading it," Hari told New Times about her appearance in Fort Lauderdale. "The food movement is about creating community and these type of events bring like minded folks together - it's incredible to be a part of."
And you, too, can be a part of it, if you show at GBK this Friday.
The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Green Bar Kitchen, 1075 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. You can find out the details and RSVP via Facebook. Hari will also be appearing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.