From the Monterey Herald today – you have to give me some credit – “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” comes to mind.

The National Steinbeck Center will kick off the fourth season of its Ag Forums with the presentation of Bill Marler, a Seattle-based lawyer who has represented clients in litigation with companies such as ConAgra, Dole and Jack in the Box in food-borne illness cases.

Marler’s law firm represents 93 people with claims resulting from the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak. He will discuss food safety, the fresh produce industry and E. coli.

Hullaballoo Chef Todd Fisher will prepare a special spinach lunch menu.

The event takes place noon to 2 p.m. on February 28th at the National Steinbeck Center, One Main St., Salinas. Tickets are $35 per session or $125 for the series.