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The Paramount Theatre and Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation present An Evening with Will Allen as the official kickoff event to Edible Austin Eat Drink Local week.

An Evening with Will Allen

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Paramount Theatre and The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation presents
Event in partnership with Edible Austin’s Eat Drink Local Week & The Texas Tribune
benefiting the Paramount Theatre, Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots 

Sunday, December 8th
Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 7:30pm | Farmer's Market @ 8:45pm
Stateside at the Paramount

VIP Tickets - $100 each*
Reception from 6-7pm
Featuring local chefs with local food, drinks & live music by Bluegrass Outfit

Lecture and Panel Discussion Tickets - $35 each

Purchase Tickets Online
Or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

Join us at Stateside at the Paramount for an unforgettable evening featuring Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work – only the second farmer ever to be so honored. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will to the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People.

After Will Allen’s talk, Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith will moderate a panel discussion around the issues of sustainable agriculture with Erin Flynn, Dr. Michael Webber, and Don Shaffer. After the talk and panel, please feel free to stay and shop at Edible Austin’s Farmers Market in the Theatre’s lobby.

We are excited to be featuring chefs from the following restaurants at our VIP Reception:
Salt & TimeKerbey LaneHoover's CookingHillside Farmacy/ Eden East, & Princess and Mooses' Sister Bakery

Plus, enjoy fresh selections from these local food distribution companies and Urban Roots farm at our Post Show Farmer's Market:
GreenlingFarmhouse DeliveryHope Farmer's MarketUrban Roots, & Sustainable Food Center


Please plan to join us for Edible Austin’s pre-show VIP event from 6 – 7pm where you can mingle with Will Allen, Erin Flynn, Dr. Michael Webber & others.  Also, plan to enjoy locally sourced, seasonal tastings from Austin’s chefs along with local wines and spirits. During the VIP reception there will be live music by Austin’s own Bluegrass Outfit. Part of the proceeds from this event will go to support the Sustainable Food Center, Urban Roots and the historic Paramount Theatre.

About the Partners:

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is a missiondriven grant making foundation that seeks innovative, sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems. The foundation works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern. Our vision is to serve the journalism community as a source of innovation and to build the next great public media brand in the United States.

Edible Austin celebrates local, fresh food grown and produced in Central Texas with its bimonthly publication and online resources. Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week, now in its 7th year, is Austin's premier local food event who's mission is to raise awareness of and to grow the local food community while raising funds for local non-profits Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots. 2013 Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week runs December 7 - 14.

Sustainable Food Center (SFC) cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food—envisioning a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy local food. In addition to producing four farmers’ markets in Austin, SFC’s services include training in community and school gardening, farm-to-work, farm-to-cafeteria and farm-to-school through Sprouting Healthy Kids, and cooking and nutrition education classes.

Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin.

The Bluegrass Outfit - formed in Austin in January of 2011, the Bluegrass Outfit is a loose organization of pickers from several touring bluegrass groups based in Central Texas (Wood & Wire, Green Mountain Grass, Two High String Band). The band plays a mix of traditional bluegrass standards and original songs.

About the Panel:

erin flynn Erin Flynn

Erin Flynn, co-creator of Green Gate Farms and New Farm Institute, the farm’s nonprofit educational initiative. Green Gate Farms is a diversified, community-based, certified organic farm with locations in Austin and Bastrop. Founded in a food desert, the farm feeds people of all incomes via its Community Supported Agriculture, workshare program and farm stand, as well as provides award-winning camps, classes and an incubator farm. Though Erin’s family has farmed and ranched in Texas for six generations, she is the first to create an organic farm that combines food, education, community and fun. Erin is an agricultural activist who serves on Slow Food Austin’s Board of Directors, the Growers Alliance of Central Texas and the City of Austin’s Sustainable Food Policy Board.
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As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Michael E. Webber trains the next generation of energy leaders at the University of Texas at Austin through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.  He has authored more than 200 publications, holds 4 patents, and serves on the advisory board forScientific American.  His television special Energy at the Movies is currently in national syndication on PBS stations, and his massive open online course (MOOC) “Energy 101” launches globally in September to over 40,000 students.  Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford.  He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow, and on three separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.
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Don Shaffer

Don Shaffer has served as president & CEO of RSF Social Finance since 2007. He grew up in central New Jersey, and comes from a long ancestry of Quaker farmers and small business people in and around Philadelphia. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in American History. Don has been a social entrepreneur for many years, growing a for-profit education business, a software company, and a sporting goods manufacturer, in addition to a non-profit, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

As leaders in social finance, Don and the team at RSF seek to transform the way the world works with money. In a world where our financial system can be described as complex, opaque, and anonymous, based on short-term outcomes, RSF is constantly asking the question, “How can we model financial transactions that are direct, transparent, and personal, based on long-term relationships?” RSF’s total assets have grown 40% in the past three years, to over $160 million. The organization has made $275 million in loans since 1984, with a 100% repayment rate to investors, and facilitated $100 million in grants. RSF has incubated, sponsored, and influenced many of the most innovative organizations in the social venture field.

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Evan Smith

Panel Moderator.

Event Parking Information

Secure covered parking is offered to patrons at the One American Center parking garage, conveniently located one block from the Paramount at 600 Congress. Your $8.00 parking pass may be purchased at the garage entrance from the parking attendant (cash only). Garage hours and availability vary by event. For additional parking information, please click here.