Renowned Speakers

on the Saroyan Stage

Ruth Reichl

Food Writer, Restaurant Critic, Editor of Gourmet Magazine

A Nation of Foodies

February 9, 2022 | 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


Written by Eric H. Weinburger and Elaine Bromka

October 13, 2021 | 10:30am | Online

Exclusive for Early Season Ticket holders and Sponsors

Tea for Three is an online Vimeo play followed by a live Q&A with Elaine Bromka, Emmy® award-winner, star and co-writer. A witty, charming recreation of the reminiscences of three memorable First Ladies, Tea for Three chronicles the legacies of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as they prepare to leave the White House.

Season Ticket holders who purchase by September 22, 2021 will be contacted via email to register for the show. On the day of the presentation (October 13, 2021), registrants will receive a non-shareable link to the Vimeo play and directions for getting on the Question-and-Answer Webinar with Elaine Bromka following the play.

Acclaimed American actress Elaine Bromka is known for co-writing the one-woman play Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty with Eric H. Weinberger, in which Bromka portrayed First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Her thirty-plus year career has included appearances in numerous movies and television programs as well as on and off-Broadway productions. Bromka is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and a faculty member at Smith and NYU.

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