On the Menu: The Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

 

 

At JBF's upcoming Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, taking place September 7 to 9 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, there will be a few stock chef activities, like a collaborative dinner prepared at the hotel's restaurant, as well as an introduction to a local purveyor. (In Bentonville, chefs will spend an afternoon at Ewe Bet Farms, home to pasture-raised and grass-fed lambs.)

 

Primarily, though, the three-day session will provide chefs with a unique opportunity to grow and refine their skills in the policy and advocacy arenas. The 15 participants (see the complete list here) have a schedule of presentations, workshops, and... Read more >

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JBF Hosts Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change

 

From September 7 to 9, 2014, more than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas.

 

The multi-faceted program will instruct attendees policy and advocacy skills through the lens of access and affordability of food. The three-day intensive series of workshops, conducted in partnership with the Chef Action Network (CAN) and with support from the Osprey Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and JBF board member Eric Kessler, is designed to provide chefs with the tools they need to be effective advocates for food-system issues they believe in.

 

The intensive program will also feature content expertise from K. Rashid Nuri, one of the country’s foremost... Read more >

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JBF Presents Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?

 

 

On October 27 and 28, the James Beard Foundation will host the fifth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) in New York City. 

 

This year’s theme, Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, will bring together thought leaders in agricultural technology, nutrition science, processing, manufacturing, policy, and public health to take a hard look at health and food, and what is and is not working to address the health impacts of the modern American diet. ​

 

The JBF Food Conference will also include the fourth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, held at Hearst Tower and co-hosted by Good Housekeeping with support from the GRACE Communications Foundation

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Cracking the Gastro Ceiling: Women in Culinary Leadership Grantee Eliza Martin

Martin with chef Amado Lopez of Vermilion in Chicago at the Housewares Charity event in March 2014. Martin credits Lopez with everything she has learned in the back of the house. “He is an incredible and patient chef. I wouldn’t say he’s like a dad, but he’s like a really cool uncle!”

 

 

Eliza Martin was working on the floor during a lunch shift when her training was put to the test. “The manager had left without giving notice,” she recalls, recounting how she stepped in to temporarily fill the position at the Chicago outpost of Vermilion until a manager from the restaurant’s New York City outpost arrived two days later.  

 

At the time, Martin was several months into her Women in Culinary Leadership apprenticeship. She had been training to manage the floor, and this was her opportunity to actually do it. “It was our busiest weekend of the year,” recalls Rohini... Read more >

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JBF and Vermilion Present Women in Culinary Leadership All-Star Dinner & Panel Discussion

JBF and Vermilion Present  Women in Culinary Leadership All-Star Dinner & Panel Discussion

 

On Wednesday, June 25, the James Beard Foundation and Vermilion will host the second-ever Women in Culinary Leadership All-Star Dinner & Panel Discussion at Vermilion in New York City. Reservations can be made by calling 212.871.6600 or emailing socialny@thevermilionrestaurant.com.

 

Moderated by Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin, the evening will feature thought-provoking... Read more >

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2014 JBF Scholarship Applications Due Today

2014 JBF Scholarship Applications Due Today

 

A friendly reminder for aspiring chefs: applications for James Beard Foundation scholarships must be postmarked by May 15. You can find details about eligibility, a list of the scholarships and grants we award, and all the necessary paperwork here.

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JBF Hosting Fourth Chefs Boot Camp Next Week

JBF Hosting Fourth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change Next Week

 

Next week, more than a dozen chefs from around the country are gathering for our fourth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, California. The three-day series of workshops, which will focus on sustainable seafood, will provide chefs with policy briefings, advocacy strategies, and other training geared toward food-system causes and campaigns. Attendees will also participate in a group harvest at Green Oaks Creek Farm and a fishing excursion on Half Moon Bay. This session's chefs include:

 

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

 

Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon, Orlando, FL

 

Kirsten Dixon, Winterlake Lodge, Anchorage, AK

 

Duskie Estes, Zazu Kitchen + Farm, Sebastapol, CA

 

Ed Kenney, Town Restaurant, Honolulu

 

Michael Leviton,... Read more >

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