Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry (photo by Pam Spaulding)

 

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just one day away! In our final countdown to tomorrow's festivities, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Dr. Jason Clay, Tensie Whelan, and Malik Yakini—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Malik Yakini

Malik Yakini

 

In our final countdown to Wednesday's 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Dr. Jason Clay, and Tensie Whelan—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Malik Yakini
Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

 

When Malik Yakini describes the bumper crop of organic tomatoes, kale, and salad greens that he... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are less than one week away! Leading up to the big event, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan and Dr. Jason Clay—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance

 

As president of Rainforest Alliance, Tensie Whelan wears many hats: she works closely with the heads of some of the world’s biggest food companies to encourage them to shift to more sustainable, eco-friendly... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Jason Clay

Dr. Jason Clay

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards will be held at New York City's iconic Hearst Tower one week from tomorrow! As promised, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. Last week we filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan's inspiring work—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Dr. Jason W. Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 

How much water does it take to make one latte? A WWF short social-media video, conceived by Jason Clay, poses this trick question. The disturbing... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just around the corner! On October 17 we’ll gather at New York City’s iconic Hearst Tower to recognize these five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and Author, Lanes Landing Farm

 

Dr. Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

 

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance... Read more >

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Message to the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative

By now you've probably heard about our exciting collaboration with the State Department—the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership! To mark the launch of the program and its attendant American Chef Corps (a network of chefs from across the country who have agreed to serve as diplomatic resources), we headed down to Washington, D.C., on Friday for an event at the U.S. Department of State headquarters. While we were there, we were treated to this warm message from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

 

 

Stay tuned for some more highlights from Friday's gathering. Read the official press release about the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership here.

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U.S. Department of State to Launch Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with Help from JBF

 

 

From Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden to the recent release of her husband’s home-brew recipe, it’s clear that food has become a major player in the capital. And this week, food is spreading from the White House to the State Department, where it will become a diplomatic instrument under a new initiative known as the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership. The program, which was developed in a partnership with JBF, creates the American Chef Corps, a group of chefs who will act as food-focused statesmen, dispatched around the globe to promote American cuisine and ingredients. "By showcasing the best of American cuisine and creativity, we can show our guests a bit about ourselves," says United States chief of protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall. "Likewise, by incorporating elements of our visitor's culture, we can demonstrate respect and a desire to connect and engage. The connections formed over a shared meal can develop into some of the strongest bonds. Food has the unique ability to unite and energize."

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JBF and Vermilion Link Up to Promote Women Culinary Leaders

 

If you've been following our president's latest appearances in the press, you'll know that JBF is committed to promoting the work of women in the culinary world. Now, thanks to an opportunity to collaborate with Vermilion restaurant, we're about to take some big steps to grow our work in this area. On September 18, we're joining Vermilion's founder and owner, Rohini Dey, to host an exciting panel discussion about the rarity of women in leadership roles in the industry. Some powerful female talent will join Ungaro and Rohini on the panel, including Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich, International Culinary Center founder and CEO Dorothy Hamilton, and Martha Teichner of CBS News. The event, which is open to the general public, will also include a five-... Read more >

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