Winner announcement: Congratulations to kristenschenck2, the winner of our Michael Pollan contest, who wrote: "Trying to eat ground beef after reading Omnivore's Dilemma is like trying to swim in the ocean after seeing JAWS." Kristen, we'll send you an e-mail about how you can get your tickets.
Michael Pollan has been called, among other titles, a "food god" (true), more recently a "sexist pig" (false) and a "warrior" (depends on your definition), and in this week's Chef and Tell piece, I interview Pollan, who discusses the American diet, what we eat and how we should eat. He even includes a shout-out to homegrown Chipotle, a quick-service Mexican joint that, applauds, Pollan, "has taken big steps to source their meat -- or at least their pork -- sustainably and, in many places, locally. They're trying to walk the talk."
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Next Wednesday, the Enrichment Program of University College at the University of Denver is hosting Pollan on its own soil, and while the lecture -- a stop on Pollan's Cooked book tour -- is sold out, we've got two tickets to give away. I'm introducing Pollan, so if you're the winner of the two seats, let me know so I can wave (or pass out on your lap). The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and takes place at Sturm Hall, on the DU campus.
If you want to go, you'll need to give us a good reason to give you the tickets, so here's what we're going to ask you: In fifty words or less, give us the first sentence of what you would say if you were introducing Michael Pollan to a swarm of foodists. The person whose mini-intro we like the best will get the tickets.
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As always, please leave your answer, your name and a valid e-mail address (no e-mail, no tickets) in the comments section below. We'll announce the winner next Tuesday night, no later than 6 p.m.