Having noticed that Anissa Helou was in New York this week, I asked her if we could get together for lunch.
Unfortunately we could not coordinate our schedules.
This Saturday, Anissa is heading for Milan (Ohio) for the Roots Conference 2013 (September 8 and 9).
Under the banner of Power, Purpose and the Meaning of Food conversation will range from Syrian women cooking to New Nordic Cuisine and Native American Food on Sunday.
Monday's calendar looks at role of imagery to affect change ('More than a pretty picture') and how understanding history makes us wiser people and better chefs ('The Present and the past'')
Anissa Helou is leading conversation Sunday from 10:15 to 11:15 am on Food's Potential to Liberate the Disenfranchised or 'the women of Damascus who cook their way' to empowerment.
Event is held at The Culinary Vegetable Institute located at 12304 Mudbrook Rd (Ohio State Route 13), Milan, Ohio.