Food Waste: By the Numbers

 

A recent report highlighted a staggering statistic: 40% of food in America is discarded. All of this uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills and increasing greenhouses gases. Our friends at Sustainable America created this infographic that demonstrates the magnitude of food waste in the United States. 

 

For more information, visit sustainableamerica.org.

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Announcing Our 2015 JBF Food Conference: Rethinking the Future of Food

 

JBF will host the sixth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) on October 19 and 20. This year’s theme, Rethinking the Future of Food, will bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and provocateurs including chefs, scientists, journalists, activists, investors, and more. Building on last year’s theme of prescriptions for a healthier America, the conference will look at what lies ahead in three compelling areas: the future of health, the future of the kitchen, and the future of the farm.

 

Over the course of two days, speakers and panelists will explore how a deeper understanding of changes in science, technology, and investment strategies empowers us all to make choices today that will lead to a healthier and more equitable tomorrow.

 

The agenda will consist of three categories: The Future of Health: Food, Flavor, and... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Edward Lee, Low-Cost Stoves, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening now at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. NASA scientist Gerald Bawden will drop by this weekend to discuss how the program measures water resources from space. Next week the UN's Sharon Ketchum will discuss how low-cost stoves can improve quality of life in the developing world.

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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Jonathon Sawyer, Part Two: Tuna and Trash Fish

Photo by Billy Delfs

 

In part two of our interview with Jonathon Sawyer (read part one here), the tireless activist and JBF Award winner explains why nobody should be eating bluefin tuna, how people can eat more sustainable seafood, and why trash fish is delicious.

 

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JBF: You recently wrote a piece for Esquire where you state that you’ve given up tuna. Do you still cook with it for your restaurants or any other events?

 

Jonathon Sawyer: No, we would never do that. I can say this with a fair amount of confidence, there’s really only ever been tuna in our restaurants once, and it was maybe about three-and-a-half years ago, at Noodle Cat. A chef that was new to the company did a special with some tuna. I think that’s literally the only time it’s ever been in the... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Cesare Casella, Corby Kummer

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. The Atlantic's Corby Kummer visits tomorrow for a discussion on how people, companies, and countries use sustainability to define their identities. 

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis in the Globe and Mail

 

What does it take to execute what's possibly the biggest culinary event in modern history? At Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, on view since May 1 and through October 31, JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis serves as chief creative officer of the USA Pavilion, a showcase of American culinary innovation and potential policy solutions to feeding the global population. (There are more than 140 countries participating in the expo, whose theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.") A Toronto native, Davis recently appeared in the Globe and Mail, where he describes his myriad duties throughout this ambitious project, and offers glimpses into his daily life alla Milanese.... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Join the Great American Chefs Rally

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

Calling all chefs: are you interested in participating in the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the largest global gathering about food in history? The pavilion's theme is American Food 2.0, and since chefs have had a large part in shaping the (r)evolution of food in America, we're giving them a special place in the festivities.

 

If you're a chef who would like to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, be sure to mark your calendars for the Great American Chef Rally at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano on July 21 and 22. We're inviting chefs from across the country to meet us in Milan for a special day to celebrate their role in influencing American cuisine. The USA Pavilion teamed has programmed some exclusive events just for these attendees, such as:

 

• A private tour of the... Read more >

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Jonathon Sawyer: Not a Sustainability Peer-Pressure-ist

Photo by Billy Delfs

 

Jonathon Sawyer is a toque of all trades. When he’s not in the kitchen at one of his five Cleveland-area hot spots, developing new varieties of his proprietary vinegars, writing a cookbook, or foraging, fermenting, and pickling at home, this year’s JBF Award winner for Best Chef: Great Lakes somehow finds the time to advocate for transparency and sustainability in the food system. In our continuing series on alumni from our JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change initiative, we talked to Sawyer about opening Ohio’s first certified green restaurant, his ingredient-sourcing hierarchy, and what needs to change about the way we label our food.

 

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JBF: You opened Ohio’s first restaurant that was certified by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). Can you explain what some of those requirements are for that certification, and your own... Read more >

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Expo Milano: NASA, Rick Bayless, Foods of Louisiana, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. Today the series is visited by NASA's Charles F. Bolden Jr., who will discuss the program's Earth observations and ideas for improving life on our planet. 

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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20 Inspiring Quotes from Our 7th Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

Last week, 15 chefs from around the country met at Glynwood, a nonprofit farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. The occasion? Our seventh JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, a program geared toward building a network of colleagues who all have a common goal: to use their voices to become effective leaders for food-system change. They had a few minutes to marvel at the bucolic setting—and their fellow Boot Campers (yes, that is Rick Bayless!)—before getting down to work. In 36 hours, they’d be heading back to their restaurants armed with tools to become compelling advocates for the issues they’re passionate about, as well as more than a dozen lifelong friends and comrades in the food revolution. Here are some of the most inspiring quotes from the retreat:

 

“Even though this is a competitive business, if there's something we can agree on and we know that... Read more >

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