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Ruth Reichl

Food Writer, Restaurant Critic, Editor of Gourmet Magazine

A Nation of Foodies

February 10, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Ruth Reichl’s 50 year career in food puts her at the forefront of America’s culinary revolution. From Twinkies to truffles, Reichl has played a lead role in the evolution of the American food scene. At the vanguard of the California Cuisine movement, Reichl launched her culinary career in Berkeley, California as a chef at the collectively owned Swallow Restaurant. Her food journey led to award winning work as a beloved restaurant critic and food editor at the ​Los Angeles Times​ and the first female restaurant critic at the ​New York Times.​ More recently, Reichl has been a judge on ​Top Chef Masters​, host of ​Eating Out Loud Food Network specials, and creator of the PBS show Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth.​ A six time James Beard Award recipient and bestselling author, Reichl wrote ​Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir​ chronicling her trailblazing work as editor in chief of ​Gourmet​. Reichl has lived and worked at the forefront of a changing food culture including the advent of the farm to table movement. An American Zelig of food, Ruth Reichl weaves a delectable tale of America’s food journey and shares life lessons from the kitchen. . . all infused with her love of food.


Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Salman Khan: One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. (Date Pending) William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

We present the annual Town Hall Special Event in the spirit of thanks to our generous community donors and sponsors.

Evening event seats are reserved and must be purchased exclusively through Ticket Master; please make ticket orders through the Ticketmaster link on our website (Ticketmaster fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office: 700 ”M“ Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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