ATTEND: Zarela Martínez, Ellen Gustafson Come to Nassau Community College

James Beard Who’s Who honoree, celebrated restaurateur, author and PBS television personality Zarela Martínez will be sharing her life and travels through Mexico as well as her perspectives on Latino marketing at Nassau Community College on Tuesday, April 21, as part of Setting the Global Table, a three-day lecture series covering global foodways, sponsored by the college’s International Education Committee.

“My mission in life is to make my Mexican culture known and understood. I look forward to sharing with the Long Island community some of the moments I’ve lived as I discovered my roots,” says Martínez, whose eponymous restaurant ruled high-end Mexican cuisine (and was the tequila bar of choice for the characters of Sex and the City) in New York City for 23 years. She is well known for her eclectic and engaging presentations on life, love and food. She will be at Nassau’s College Center Building (CCB 252/3) at 11:30 a.m. with for a lecture on Mexican food and culture. At 2:30 p.m. she will return to discuss Latino-Americans: Re-branding Ourselves in New U.S. Landscape.

The three-day (April 20, 21, and 23) series is packed with lectures on different aspects of global food an agriculture, including the role of new genetic varieties of potatoes that could improver nutrition and life conditions for subsistence farmers around the world, the effects of climate change on food, and students from Long Island and abroad sharing their foodways (and their top picks for local restaurants that serve their national cuisine.)

On Thursday, April 23, sustainable food system activist, author, TED Talk veteran and social entrepreneur Ellen Gustafson will deliver two lectures in the tower building at NCC. At 9:45 a.m. she will discuss the intersection of obesity and hunger. At 1 p.m. she will discuss social entrepreneurship, including her work with Lauren Bush to start the FEED bag project which got fashionistas to make purchases to benefit the hungry.

For a complete and up-to-date schedule of events — all of which are free and open to the public — click here. For more information, contact Edible Long Island contributor and co-chair of the event, Natalia de Cuba Romero, at