The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) recently announced its spring 2014 programs: featuring Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Jessye Norman. On April 10, 2014, American chef, Chez Panisse restaurateur, and activist Alice Waters will be in conversation with six-time James Beard Award-winning culinary writer Ruth Reichl.The two food icons will dish on Waters' latest cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II, and discuss the Edible Schoolyard Project, which has revolutionized school lunch programs. The program will take place 6 p.m. at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium in downtown Chicago. On May 19, 2014.

CHF will also host five-time Grammy Award-winning opera singer and Kennedy Center Honoree Jessye Norman. Norman comes to Chicago to discuss her career and forthcoming memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing!, with opera dramaturg Colin Ure. The program will take place 6 p.m. at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom.

"In welcoming three American icons to our stage, we are celebrating creativity on a truly visceral level," said CHF Artistic Director Matti Bunzl. "What is more elemental, after all, than food and song? And who has lifted them to a higher level of excellence than Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Jessye Norman? What a thrilling spring at the Chicago Humanities Festival!." 

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Legendary Soprano Jessye Norman Among Luminaries on Tap for Humanities Festival's Spring Programs