Food and activism seems to be a common thread here. Five years ago I'm sure my choices would've been different (undoubtedly they'd be actors or artists or musicians), but today, these are the three people I'd like to hang out with for a bit. Definitely have dinner with.
1. Michael Pollan: author and food activist who is trying to change the way America eats. After reading (devouring, really) The Omivore's Dilemma didn't you want to give a copy to everyone you knew? Didn't you love seeing and hearing him in Food, Inc.?
2. Alice Waters: extraordinary chef, founder and owner of Chez Panisse restaurant, creator of the Edible Schoolyard and vice president of Slow Food International... I wonder how I can get invite over to her place for dinner? I'm convinced it would be the culinary pinnacle of my life. And though I plan to homeschool, I SO appreciate her drive to help students learn about REAL food and help schools improve their lunch offerings, along with their entire curriculum.
3. Wendell Berry: farmer, professor, author, poet, essayest... I imagine he would be the most wonderful and wise grandfather figure. He might be the only one I'd feel comfortable inviting into my home for dinner, because I'm quite sure he wouldn't complain and would appreciate my meager but sincere offerings.
How about you? Who's on your wish list?