Writer Betty Fussell (www.bettyfussell.com) explores the history and economics driving modern American eating habits in books including Raising Steaks: The Life & Times of American Beef and The Story of Corn. She is the guest at a benefit this Saturday, Nov. 21, for the food advocacy group Slow Food New Orleans (www.slowfoodneworleans.com) hosted by Cafe Amelie (912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.princessofmonaco.com). Chef Jerry Mixon will serve a menu of local foods and recipes in the cafe's courtyard. The event begins at 5 p.m. and costs $35. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.