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May in Greater Boston food events

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According to a reviewer of the FERN (Food & Environment Reporting Network) live series “FERN Talks & Eats,” food events are the new art gallery openings. With star-studded films on kitchen life (Sophia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman) opening this week, there's certainly no doubt that our topic has gone mainstream.

Like April before it, and June to follow, May is bursting with options. Here are a few this Examiner has her eye on…

[TODAY] May 5, 4-6:00 p.m. – A Taste of Justice [panel] – Cambridge

A food justice panel hosted by Real Food Harvard in Harvard Hall Room 202 will include speakers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts Humane Society, El Recreo Estate Coffee, and local Springdell Farm. Local treats on offer include: Boloco, When Pigs Fly, Q's Nuts, Veggie Planet, b.good, Taza Chocolate, and the Holistic! This event is FREE.

Tuesday, May 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m. - Science, Democracy & Healthy Food Policy [live webcast] - online

Leading experts, advocates and engaged citizens explore how science can help advance healthier food environments for communities nationwide. The forum at University of Minnesota will be webcast live nationwide. Among others, Michele Simon, public health lawyer and author of Eat, Drink, Politics will speak.

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. – Boston Premiere: The Ghosts in Our Machine [film] – Cambridge

The Ghosts in Our Machine is a multi-award winning consciousness raising documentary that gently reveals one of the most haunting moral dilemmas of our modern world – global animal industries. Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall and photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur will attend and participate in an audience Q&A following the screening. Location: Kendall Square Cinema. Tickets: $12 General; $10 Student/Senior

Saturday, May 10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – City Farm Fest – Boston

Seedling and garden supply sale out of Dudley Greenhouse, this event is hosted by The Food Project.

Monday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. – Michael Pollan discusses his latest book Cooked – Cambridge

For this Examiner, Cooked was a game-changer book of 2013. Harvard Books is hosting Pollan at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square for this special discussion. Tickets: $5

Wednesday, May 14, 6-8:00 p.m. – VC Investment for Food Startups – Boston

BranchFood is hosting a panel on how food startups need to be thinking about venture capital. Speakers include Adam Salomone, co-founder of The Food Loft, Scott Roman from Sherbrooke Capital, and Dan Pullman from Sprout Lenders. Location: Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer Street, Boston. Tickets: $12

And here’s a quick look ahead at June…

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