JBF on the Air: Taste Matters


Have you heard our executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, on the airwaves? Each week on Heritage Radio Network, he hosts Taste Matters, an exciting program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental. 

 

In one of our favorite episodes, Mitchell talks with Francis Lam (food writer, Top Chef Masters judge, and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter Publishers) about culture and authenticity as it relates to food. Why do American chefs cooking immigrant cuisines tend to be more celebrated than actual immigrants cooking... Read more >

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Join Sommeliers and Chefs in Hurricane Sandy Relief

 

Many of our friends and neighbors are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. We've teamed up with some of America's top sommeliers and chefs to support the critical relief efforts. If you're looking for a way to help, you can donate directly to the Red Cross through this fundraiser. As a bonus, anyone who donates a minimum of $25 will automatically be entered to win a dinner for two at Michael Mina's renowned RN74 in San Francisco.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

 

To share some of last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony with you, we've been posting videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present Wendell Berry (farmer, poet, and author, 
Lanes Landing Farm), whose acceptance speech—and introductions by JBF board of trustees chair Emily Luchetti and White House chef and senior policy advisor Sam Kass—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "A Fifty-Year Farm Bill."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Wendell Berry, read his full profile. For more... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

 

To fill you in on last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we've been sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we have: Tensie Whelan (President, Rainforest Alliance) whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Craig Watson—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find her panel at the conference: "Certifying Trust."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Tensie Whelan, check out her full profile. For more archived footage of the... Read more >

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Watch Adam Gopnik Speak at the JBF Food Conference

The first day of last week's conference concluded with a brilliant synthesis from Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Table Comes First. Watch his presentation below:

 

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Kathleen Merrigan

 

Following last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards and talk about the causes they champion. Today we present: Dr. Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer—is shown in the video above.

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Kathleen Merrigan, read her full profile.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Malik Yakini

 

Following last week's JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our inspiring 2012 honorees making their acceptance speeches, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present: Malik Yakini (Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Will Allen—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "Big Ideas from the Ground Up."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Malik Yakini, check out his full profile... Read more >

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Watch Patent Attorney Dan Ravicher Speak at the JBF Food Conference

Last year Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), a not-for-profit legal services organization, filed suit on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations against Monsanto Company, challenging the corporation's patents on genetically modified seed. (Since the initial filing, the number of plaintiffs has risen to 83.) Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT's executive director and counsel to the plaintiffs in the case, which is now known as Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et al. v. Monsanto, spoke at our food conference last week. Watch:

 

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