Expo Milano: Join the American Chef Rally in July

The future 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 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 American Chef Rally at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano on July 21, 2015. 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. We're in the process of creating some exclusive programming just for these attendees, such as private USA Pavilion tours and field trips to Milan-based artisans and producers.

 

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What We Learned at Our Fleisher’s Culinary Lab

Butchery at Fleisher's Pasture-Raised Meats

 

That gorgeous, locally raised rib-eye on your plate? Preparing it required far more than butter and a screaming hot sear.

 

Last week, we brought our JBF Culinary Labs series to the Fleisher’s Pasture-Raised Meats retail facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Attendees, all members of the culinary industry, watched a deft demonstration of beef butchery and listened to talks about the complex economics behind the local-meat market. Here’s what the professionals had to say about their section of the supply chain, from farm pasture to in-restaurant processing.

 

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CEO Ryan Fibiger, Fleisher's Pasture-Raised Meats:

“Fleisher’s has been at it for ten years, but we're just figuring out this whole animal thing. We do know that purchasing whole animals is good for your bottom line. We've also come a long way in terms of how we source. We’re... Read more >

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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 Michelle 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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