This weekend, Edible Communities, the publishing collective of quarterly city magazines that include Edible Santa Barbara, brings the Edible Institute to town. The two-day event gathers together some of the area food movement’s biggest names, who will serve up food for thought in lectures, discussions, and demonstrations — and plenty of good food and drink to wash it all down. Among this year’s highlights are Saturday’s keynote speaker, Marion Nestle; Sunday’s appearance by Paul Willis, founder of the Niman Ranch Pork Company; Saturday afternoon’s panel on ocean acidification and oysters, which — not incidentally — will be preceded by oyster and wine pairings; and Saturday night’s gala. It promises to be a feast for the head, as well as the tummy.
The Edible Institute runs Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17. For info, go to ediblecommunities.com.