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When: Thu., March 8, 5 & 6:30 p.m. 2012

Award-winning photographer Penny De Los Santos and James Beard Award winning chef Dan Barber join author Michael Ruhlman for a conversation through the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues series at Cleveland Public Library on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30pm in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium at the Downtown branch of the library, located at 525 Superior Avenue. This conversation will bring a new perspective to the broader conversations taking place in Cleveland about local, sustainable food choices. Rather than focusing exclusively on what is being put on our plates and where it comes from, the guests will discuss how our culture, family relationships, and friendships are defined through the meals we share together. An exhibit of Penny De Los Santos’ photography will be on display in the Fine Arts Department of Downtown branch, which is located in the original building at 325 Superior Avenue on the third floor. An opening reception will take place right before the evening’s dialogue program at 5:00pm. Refreshments prepared by local chefs will be served. The program is part of the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues, which are presented by the Cleveland Public Library in partnership with LAND studio. The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues are generously supported through an endowment of the late Lockwood Thompson, who was a trustee of the Cleveland Public Library and an avid supporter of the arts. “We are excited to bring such a rich conversation to Cleveland Public Library,” says Felton Thomas, Director of Cleveland Public Library. “The library continues to be a resource for Clevelanders and we’re happy to be adding to the already-strong regional dialogue about the impact that local food and healthy eating can have on their quality of life. I hope that people will see the library as a place that captures the storytelling and joy within our local food culture, both in our wonderful restaurants and in the home.” Signed books by Michael Ruhlman will be available for purchase by the Friends of the Cleveland Public Library. As a follow-up to this conversation, Cleveland Public Library and LAND studio will be collaborating with the design firm RUL to develop a Cleveland-based cookbook that features stories, recipes, and photographs from Clevelanders. People interested in contributing to this cookbook can contact Tiffany Graham at To learn more about these events, visit or