Questlove, Ludo Lefebvre, and Daniel Patterson Talk Food at Harvard Next Month

The Legendary Roots drummer is promoting his new book, Something to Food About.

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(L to R) Actor Jason Schwartzman, host Jimmy Fallon, Elmo, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson during a 2015 cooking demonstration on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” / Photo by Douglas Gorenstein / NBC

UPDATE, April 4: After the initial release on Friday, there are still tickets available for Questlove’s free conversation at Harvard on April 19. Free tickets can be picked up in person in the lobby at Farkas Hall (10 Holyoke St.), or they can be reserved online for a $2.50 handling fee.


You probably know Questlove as the drummer and a leader of the continually-innovating band, the Roots. You might see him nightly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where the Roots are the house band. Or maybe you’ve caught one of his DJ sets at a Boston club (or a “secret,” mid-day location).

But chances are, unless you’re, say, Kristen Kish or Daniel Boulud, you haven’t had a chance to hear Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson dish on his favorite foods and the culinary imagination that inspires him.

Now is your chance: to promote his upcoming book, Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, the superstar is coming to Cambridge on April 19, along with friends—and culinary luminaries—Ludo Lefebvre and Daniel Patterson. The conversation, co-led by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences faculty, “begins with food but ends wherever food takes them.”

Wait, Questlove is writing a book about food? Of course he is. He might literally be the hardest working man in show business, and he’s a noted gourmand. He even had a short-lived fried chicken stand in the Chelsea Market once. His social media feed is peppered with foodstagrams from his globetrotting adventures. For the past year, he’s set the dinner party bar higher than you can ever dream of with his “food salons,” essentially pot luck meals cooked by elite chefs, for guests ranging from musicians, to novelists, designers, business executives, other chefs, and beyond. The parties, mainly centered at his home in New York, have hit Miami and L.A. since Questlove started them about two years ago, and they have provided the basis for his upcoming tome.

Co-written by Ben Greenman, Something to Food About is a collection of conversations between Quest and 10 noted chefs. It drops April 12. Bring your copy to the Harvard SEAS talk, as there’s a book signing to follow to discussion.

Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m., Harvard Science Center B, free, tickets available in person at Farkas Hall (10 Holyoke St.), or online.