Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Announces Dream Team of Chef Participants

USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

The word is out: the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center are leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Yesterday, over at the official USA Pavilion website, the planners announced the project's "dream team" of culinary talent, which includes Tom Colicchio, Barbara Lynch, Rick Bayless, David Chang, Naomi Pomeroy, and many others. The chefs, many of whom are JBF Award winners, will serve in a variety... Read more >

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Expo Milano: SXSW Panel Goes Live; New York Times Travel Show

 

 

 

Two updates from the Expo Milan/USA Pavilion department this week:

 

Expo Milan and USA Pavilion have snagged some space at this weekend's New York Times Travel Show. From Friday through Sunday, head to the Jacob Javits Center to get to know the team behind USA Pavilion, themed "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" in accordance with the expo's overarching focus on sustainability, nutrition, and cuisine. The three-day convention will represent 150 countries through more than 500 exhibitors. Expo Milan/USA Pavilion can be found at booths 178 and 180.

 

Then, mark your calendars for our South by Southwest panel on Saturday, March 14. Chosen from more than 80 food-related panels submitted for consideration, our conversation is slated for the festival's new... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Debra Eschmeyer to Replace Sam Kass at the White House

 

Last week brought us some exciting news about 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer: the FoodCorps co-founder will replace Sam Kass at the White House, taking over his positions as executive director of Michele Obama's Let's Move! initiative and as senior policy advisor on nutrition to the president. In her new high-profile roles, Eschmeyer, a longtime food activist, will work with the administration to improve the health of American children, building on her FoodCorps efforts to fight childhood obesity and food insecurity.

 

In light of this outstanding development, we're posting JBF contributing editor Anya Hoffman's profile on Eschmeyer from the 2011 JBF... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets Floors

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. For a visual timeline of the future pavilion's progress, take a look at this photo gallery. We just finished installing thousands of feet of wooden flooring—recycled from the former Coney Island boardwalk!

 

Be sure to also check out the official USA Pavilion blog for news about next year's programming and exhibits, upcoming USA Pavilion and Expo–related events,... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 19, 2014

 

Asian carp are destroying aquatic ecosystems across the country. Here’s what actions are being taken to stop them, and what’s happening to the fish once caught. [Modern Farmer]

 

The World Food Program warns that infrastructure issues caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could lead to food shortages in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. [NY Times]

 

Nutrition experts are pushing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to include notes on the way our food choices affect the environment. Congress is fighting the addition with a concerned congressional directive. [Grist]

 

Aquaponics, in-house composting, and reusable home delivery containers are a just a few ways restaurants... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 12, 2014

 

The last large palm oil business has joined the no-deforestation pledge. The next step is to make sure these pledges are implemented. [Grist]

 

New concerns about BPA arise as a new study discovers that the chemical can seep into beverages stored in cans or plastic bottles, raising blood pressure within hours. [NYT]

 

Not sure what to get your sustainability-minded friends for the holidays? Check out this green gift guide. [Ecocentric]

 

Congress is using the appropriations process to include provisions in nutrition standards for WIC, school meals, and more. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion by Night

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

This nighttime view of the future USA Pavilion, its steel frame beaming under the Milan sky, just might be our favorite capture of the site so far. With opening day now less than six months away, construction of the ambitious structure continues around the clock.

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Be sure to check out the official USA Pavilion blog for news about next year's programming and exhibits, upcoming USA Pavilion and Expo–related events, and much more.

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Sustainability Matters: December 5, 2014

 

Scientists agree that reducing—not eliminating—meat consumption is important to fighting climate change, but political action to do so remains unpopular. [Treehugger]

 

Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, plans on opening a store that sells past-date packaged goods and misshapen fruit and vegetables. While this may seem like the next big thing in sustainable shopping, it’s hardly a new concept. [Modern Farmer]

 

Ever wonder about the history of human-based carbon emissions? This interactive visualization from the World Resources Institute depicts the top 20 emitters over the past 150 years. [Grist]

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Expo Milano: Turkey for 65,000

Thanksgiving meal

 

Now that you’ve finished planning, prepping, basting, baking, serving, and cleaning, imagine this: Thanksgiving every day. For six months. 

 

During next year’s Expo Milano, launching in May 2015, that’s just what the USA Pavilion will be serving up—Thanksgiving piled on a bun at our Food Truck Nation exhibit, and in all of it’s prandial glory at the full-service, pop-up James Beard American Restaurant located in Central Milan.
 
Some 65,000 guests are expected to come to sample the food of this great American Holiday. The logistics of sourcing, shipping, receiving, preparing and serving thousands of turkeys, tons of sweet potatoes, vats of cranberry sauce, and a shipping container full of stuffing in Italy are no small feat. Our culinary team is hard at work making the plans, standardizing the recipes, setting up the kitchens, and getting everything ready for the great USA Pavilion Thanksgiving celebration. Won’t you... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 21, 2014

 

McDonald’s, the biggest potato purchaser in the country, has refused to buy its largest supplier’s new genetically modified breed. [Modern Farmer]

 

A new study finds that basic agriculture practices, like crop rotation, could make growing wheat more environmentally friendly with fewer greenhouse gas emissions. [Civil Eats]

 

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has released its 2014 report on youth-targeted sugary drink marketing, finding that advertising is on the rise, and social media and the Internet play an important role in sales. [Food Politics]... Read more >

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