Food, Power and Control: An Olio Dinner Party


We are partnering with Local Roots to bring you Think Olio's first ever dinner party! Your ticket price includes dinner by Landhaus, drinks by Bell's and an Olio with one our brilliant teachers, Michael Haltenberger. Professor Haltenberger will begin the class with a short lecture to guide the conversation during dinner. Attendees will be seated at tables of four and the professor will occasionally check in on the different groups before concluding with another short lecture and a group discussion. See below for an idea of the topics we will be exploring. Our philosophy is "If you find yourself disagreeing with the teacher's perspective, that is all the more reason to join the conversation!" 


Food, Power and Control: How our obsession with food is a sign of our growing sense of powerlessness

Our lives can sometimes become tasteless, lacking in meaning.  We search for novelty and innovation and have forgotten about depth and context.  Our choices in food are just one of the many ways that we express our yearning for something with more texture, more taste, than our daily experience of Facebook and Twitter and cubicles and cross-platform synergy.  

Our obsession with individualism has made food another customization rather than an expression of how we are in the world.  The emphasis on ego and progress has led us to think that everything must be exactly to our liking.  (Those who've worked in food service or retail know exactly what I mean.)

At the other end of the spectrum is "food" like Soylent which reduces the deeply human experience of eating to nothing more than fueling a machine.  

The irony of it all is that in the midst of our attempt to assert our uniqueness we mindlessly gobble pork bellies, oysters and micro brews convinced that we are acting autonomously.  

We will consider these issues and work towards a more mindful approach to our food that, rather than accommodating the latest fads or our particular tastes, considers our place in the food chain and eating's connection to the act of living.  

“Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” 
Alexis de Tocqueville




Location: Berg'n

899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Hip, late-night beer hall featuring microbrews & food vendors in a spacious, industrial-chic venue. Classes will be held in the private room.




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Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.


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Other upcoming Olios


Jun 19

The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern

Taught by Lev Moscow
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Jun 20

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Taught by Briana Toole
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $15

Jun 22

OlioHouse | Breaking Bread: An Olio Salon Dinner

Taught by Brian Lewis
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jun 23

Female Power and Desire in Shakespeare after #MeToo

Taught by Christina Katopodis
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

Sign Up - $15

Jun 25

The Artist in an Alternative World

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

Jun 25

OlioTour | Federal Hall & African Burial Ground

Taught by Jamie Warren
6 p.m. at Federal Hall

Sign Up - $0

Jun 26

Jun 27

The Long History of Selfie Culture

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jun 29

OlioHouse | Happiness & Hedonism Weekend

Taught by Skye Cleary
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jul 7

Museum Trip | 'The 80s Show' Private Tour

Taught by Charles Riley
2 p.m. at Nassau County Museum of Art

Sign Up - $20

Jul 13

OlioHouse | The Power of Ego, The Stillness of Spirit

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jul 25

Frida's Fragrance: Art, Scent, & Persona

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

Sign Up - $20

Sep 19

OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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