Organic Buffet Dinner
Program & Music
Dessert Social & Book Signing

Join the Alliance and community leaders for its fabulous Fortieth Anniversary Celebration, an extraordinary evening with inspiring talks, music and delicious French Meadow food & drinks. Discover the incredible impact the Alliance has had over 40 years and its innovative programs and vision for the next 40. Be uplifted by thought-provoking talks by famed Diet for a Small Planet author, Alternative Nobel-Prize winner and Small Planet Institute Founder Frances Moore Lappé, along with Alliance Co-Founder, President and author Terry Gips.

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Uplifting and Empowering Live Music

Enjoy energizing live performances by Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and “true American troubadour” Larry Long and award-winning singer-songwriter-actress Mari Harris. Be part of this unforgettable evening at historic French Meadow Bakery and Café, the oldest continually operating organic bakery in the US.

Recognizing Sustainability Leaders

The Board of the Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of our Sustainability Awards that will be given at the Alliance’s Fabulous Fortieth Anniversary Celebration May 18

  • MN Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, staunch progressive champion, first Native American elected to the MN House and the highest-ranking Native American elected official in the US
  • MN Attorney General Keith Ellison, long-time sustainability and environmental justice leader at the state and national level, as well as the first ever Muslim elected to Congress
  • Lynn Gordon, women’s business leader, creative culinary force and co-owner of historic French Meadow Bakery and Café, the oldest continually operating organic bakery in the US
  • Steve Shapiro, longstanding organic industry leader, advocate and co-owner of innovative, nearly 40-year-old French Meadow Bakery and Café
  • Collie Graddick, organic farmer in GA, consultant with the MN Dept of Agriculture, long-time co-op leader, founder of Community Table Co-op and Alliance Board Chair
  • Leo Cashman, Executive Director of DAMS (non-toxic dental alternatives), Founder and Treasurer of the National Health Freedom Coalition and Alliance accountant for 40 years

Celebration Schedule

5 pm Reception on French Meadow’s beautiful garden patio where you can connect with Frances Moore Lappé and other leaders over appetizers and drinks

5:45 pm Organic, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Buffet Dinner featuring some of the best of French Meadow’s culinary creations, including locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients; No Host Cash Bar

6:30 pm Program with a welcome from elected leaders, Sustainability Awards, talks and music

8:45 pm Dessert Social and Book Signing where you can indulge in delicious French Meadow desserts while getting to meet Frances Moore Lappé and get them personally signed (books will be available for purchase)

Free Special Gift! Thanks to the generosity of French Meadow Bakery and Café, all participants at our Fortieth Anniversary Celebration will receive a free drink coupon (valued at $7-15) for future use at French Meadow.

Don't Miss this Unforgettable Evening

We have an exciting new $25 offer for you and others to attend our Fabulous Fortieth Anniversary Celebration May 18 at French Meadow Bakery and Cafe in Minneapolis. We are now able to offer $25 Celebration Program tickets for the Program, Music, Dessert Social and Book Signing (no Reception or Buffet Dinner). This is thanks to popular demand, adequate dinner sales and several generous donations, including from the Adelmann Fund for Social Justice of The Minneapolis Foundation.

There are less than 20 tickets left for the Reception and/or the Dinner and tickets sales for those close before midnight May 17, so please get your tickets as soon as possible.

Ticket prices for the Dinner, Program and Dessert Social are set as low as possible to make it affordable ($60). The Full Celebration (including the Reception) is $120 and includes a drink ticket. Free parking is available at Aldi’s across street. Dress is business casual, and there will be a No Host Cash Bar.

You can make a difference providing needed support by being a Host ($150 and receive a gift bag) or a Supporter at a higher level (even if you cannot attend), which has excellent benefits. You’ll be listed in the promotional materials, Program Book, website and social media, with the ability to share a personal message in the Program Book and website if received by May 12.  You can also make a gift to allow one of our students to attend. And we’d deeply appreciate Sponsorships that come with even more outstanding benefits (copy due by May 12).

Signed copies of Diet for a Small Planet available

If you can’t join us, you can have Frances Moore Lappé personally inscribe a copy of her million-selling Diet for a Small Planet for yourself or someone for $25. Just go to our donation page and you’ll be able to add a note through PayPal with the inscription. You can also make a contribution in honor of a special person or as a birthday or special event for someone. Even if you can’t join us in person, your energy will be present through your generous support. Plus, you’ll make a difference and receive a recording of the event and a special gift.

Your support is a vote for the world we want to create and is an incredible opportunity to savor good food, great company, and learn from and connect with sustainability icons. Celebrate 40 years of making a difference and be part of the joyous, hopeful and positive movement creating a future of sustainability, health, equity and kindness.

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Press and Media

April 22, 2023
Earth Day Interview of Frances Moore Lappé and Terry Gips by Connections hosts Rick Bernardo and Laurie Fitz on AM950 radio and Facebook and YouTube livestream
Audio recording of the broadcast
Facebook video of the broadcast
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May 11, 2023

Food Freedom Radio Interview of Frances Moore Lappé and Terry Gips by host Laura Hedlund
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