Sunday, April 10, 2011
On Thursday I went to the Denver TED event with my oldest daughter and some friends from work.
TED is a conference where amazing brilliant people get up on stage and have eighteen minutes to talk about their best idea. Then TED posts video of these presentations on the Internet for the world to see. We all knew one of the presenters. She was a teacher at our school, but left to open a restaurant with her husband. I was so excited for her. And I was star struck too! I couldn't help telling anyone I was sitting next to, or chatting with during the breaks, that I knew her and that she, her husband and their restaurant really are as amazing as they sound. Here is what they do: People come and eat and pay what they think is fair or what they can. People are welcome to volunteer to help with the cooking and washing up. They have built a community in and around this restaurant where everyone is treated with dignity. People from the neighborhood, people who are homeless, business people, all sit down and eat a delicious, healthy organic lunch together in a beautiful environment. It is a miracle they have all worked very hard to make together. Her name is Libby Birkey and the name of the restaurant is the S.A.M.E. Cafe (Stands for: So All May Eat). I can't wait to see her video on the TED website!