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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Expo Milano: Eater Visits Expo and the USA Pavilion

Food Truck Nation at the USA Pavilion (Photo: Rob Gullixson)

 

Big thanks to Eater for producing this gorgeous slideshow of Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's open in Milan now through October. More than 140 countries have participated in the fair by building ambitious "pavilions" that showcase national cuisine, interactive exhibits, and eye-popping design. The USA Pavilion, co-led by the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center, includes a state-of-the-art vertical garden and a nearby fleet of food trucks, pictured above, that offer a rotating menu of regional American foods... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Daniel Humm, Johnny Iuzzini, 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 the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks is hosting speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. Tomorrow JBF Award–winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini will discuss trends in American pastry and his television career. Next week there's a talk on... Read more >

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Expo Milano: An In-Depth Video from Monacle

 

At Expo Milano, the first world’s fair that’s all about food, open now through October in Milan, 145 countries have assembled to celebrate cuisine and identify potential solutions to improve the global food system and feed the burgeoning world population. A showcase of national dishes, futuristic design and architecture, and other cultural assets, the fair is an unprecedented and ambitious gathering, and this video from Monacle captures its impressive and immense scope. See a cameo by Mitchell Davis, our executive vice president and USA Pavilion’s chief creative officer, at the 53-second mark. Glimpses of the USA Pavilion can be seen throughout the piece.

 

The James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center have led the production of USA Pavilion, themed "American Food 2.0," at Expo Milano. The global gathering launched May 1 and will remain open through October.

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Expo Milano: James Beard American Restaurant

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

No one's ever been hungry at a world's fair: nations have used these gatherings to showcase their cuisines on an international stage, while ice cream cones, waffles, popcorn, and other formerly unknown foods were popularized by enterprising fair vendors.

 

At Expo Milano 2015, the latest fair, which opened in Milan this month and will continue through October, guests won't just find food at the refreshment stands. Expo Milano is the first fair that's exclusively about food: its theme is “Feeding the Planet; Energy for Life," and participants have been charged with presenting possible solutions for feeding the spiking global population. Visitors to countries' pavilions can attend food-focused lectures, explore interactive exhibits about agriculture and cooking, and admire state-of-art, food-inspired design, such as the JBF-... Read more >

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Introducing the Better Burger Project™

 

Calling all chefs! The Beard Foundation is kicking off the Better Burger Project™, an in-restaurant menu promotion through which chefs will create a healthier, more sustainable burger by blending ground meat with finely chopped, cultivated mushrooms. Participating chefs have the chance to win a trip to NYC to prepare their “Better Burger” at the historic Beard House, at the official welcome reception for the 2015 JBF Food Conference. The promotion will run from Memorial Day 2015 to July 31, 2015. Find more info here. Once the promotion launches in May, follow all participating restaurants’ “Better Burgers” with #betterburgerproject on Instagram.

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