'Table Settings: Food Conversations at Schwarzman Center'

Just prior to opening the doors.
Hundreds of students attended the inaugural event at Schwarzman Center.
Susan Cahan, associate Dean of Yale College and dean for the Arts, welcomes the attendees and introduces the panel.
From left: Moderator Jeff Gordinier, chefs Elizabeth Falkner Suvir Saran; Yale's Ron Desantis; and chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Thomas Vaccaro.
Dining staff at work behind the scenes.
Chef Elizabeth Falkner with dining staff ....
... and plating food.
Moderator Jeff Gordinier, food and drinks editor of Esquire magazine.
Suvir Saran, founder of Tapestry in New York City.
Tom Vaccaro, dean for baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America.
Bryan Voltaggio, reinventor of American cuisine through a commitment to farm-to-table cuisine and the executive chef and owner of six restaurants.
Elizabeth Falkner, founder of Citizen Cake, located in the San Francisco Bay area.
Tom Vaccaro working with staff on presentation of desserts.
Ron DeSantis, Yale's director of culinary excellence and quality assurance, thanking the dining staff for making the dinner possible.
The dining staff.
Enjoying dessert.
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"Table Settings: Food Conversations at the Schwarzman Center," held on Oct. 27 featured four world-renowned chefs who talked with students about significant issues and trends in today’s changing world of food. The chefs designed a multi-course dinner for students’ enjoyment and discussed fundamental questions, such as: Where does our food come from? What does it mean to eat well? How does food affect our sense of community and identity, in addition to our health and happiness? This was the first of three at the Schwarzman Center during the academic year designed give students a taste of the kind of programming to expect when the Center reopens in 2020 after a major renovation and expansion.