Eat Your Vegetables Twitter Chat on Wednesday, November 5

Swiss Chard

 

Want to learn more about cooking vegetables from some of the world's most renowned culinary icons? To celebrate our recently launched recipe app, we're hosting a live Twitter chat to discuss everything from inspiring recipes to helpful techniques to seasonal tips with a panel of some of the JBF Outstanding Chef award winners featured in the app. Join us on Wednesday, November 5th at 2:00 P.M. EST and ask the experts for advice! 

 

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Allies for Health with Dr. Tim Harlan and Seamus Mullen at JBF Food Conference

 

A recurring thread at this year’s JBF Food Conference was the need to make the knowledge we have about health more accessible to the average consumer. As keynote speaker Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel pointed out, a big piece of this change must come from better educating physicians about nutrition. In this panel, Dr. Tim Harlan of Tulane University School of Medicine and JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen describe the vast potential of partnerships between doctors and chefs, and share through personal experience the incredible transformative power of healthy eating habits.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets Vertical

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

First came the concrete, now comes the steel frame. Construction of the USA Pavilion is steadily progressing over in Milan, the host of next year's world's fair, Expo Milano 2015. Taking place May 1–October 31, Expo Milano will be the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. More on all of that here.

 

View our complete archive of Expo Milano coverage.

 

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Eating Ourselves Sick with Mark Bittman and Mitchell Davis at the JBF Food Conference

 

One of this year’s JBF Leadership Award honorees, author and journalist Mark Bittman has made it his mission to help individuals navigate the murky waters of healthy cooking and eating. At the end of our first day at the JBF Food Conference, Bittman and JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis sat down for a frank discussion of processed food, antibiotics, and the first steps the average person can take to improve his or her health through diet.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here

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The Sweet Truth – A Dialogue with Marion Nestle and Corby Kummer

 

JBF Leadership Award winner Marion Nestle, Ph.D., is known for her pragmatic advice on how consumers can take action to change the political and regulatory landscape surrounding food. She brought her straightforward outlook to the recent JBF Food Conference, where she and the Atlantic’s Corby Kummer discussed realistic expectations for the average American in a world overwhelmed by sugary, processed foods.


Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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Sustainability Matters: October 31, 2014

 

Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, but due to significant mislabeling, it may be harder than you think to buy sustainably. [Mother Jones]

 

The Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores online database allows consumers to check grocery store items for nutritional content, ingredients, processing, and other information. [NY Times]

 

Wondering where to find a sustainably-raised turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out this guide and order now, before they're all "gobbled" up. [Ecocentric]

 

Cities across the country are making it more difficult for organizations to feed the homeless... Read more >

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Taming Sugar: Solutions and Challenges at the JBF Food Conference

 

The undeniable impact of sugar on the American diet was a prominent part of the discussion during Day One of our recent JBF Food Conference. This video features some of the leading voices in the campaign to combat sugar, from Laurie David, producer of the recent hit documentary Fed Up, to Dr. Robert Lustig, the “anti-sugar guy,” to individuals on the front lines like chef Cindy Gershen and JBF Award-winning pastry chef Emily Lucchetti. Watch this panel for their strategies on tackling our nation’s sweet tooth.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Karen Washington

 

Karen Washington

Urban Farmer, Community Activist, and Former President,

New York City Community Garden Coalition

 

For Karen Washington, it all began with a tomato. “I had no experience growing food, and I took a chance,” she says of the decision to plant a backyard garden after purchasing a home in the Bronx in 1985. “I hated tomatoes—but when I bit into one of my own, I was hooked: I said, ‘I am going to grow everything.’”

 

What followed was nothing if not kismet. Washington saw from her kitchen window “a man with a pick and a shovel” working in the empty lot across the street—“an eyesore that turned my American dream into a nightmare.” She joined him, helping to transform that lot into a thriving community garden. More gardens followed when she connected with Bronx Green-Up, and her activity expanded to activism when she joined the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. “My training there taught me how to be a public speaker and... Read more >

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JBF Food Conference Day Two: Top 13 Quotes of the Day

 

The second day of the 2014 JBF Food Conference kicked off with a spirited discussion between Michael Pollan and Sam Kass, after which participants heard about innovative design, policy, and medical collaborations that harness the powerful relationship between food and health. Here are some of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation:

 

1) “How do you bring about change? Anyone who knows me knows that I think that lecturing people is not the answer.” – Jane Black, Journalist

 

2) “I don’t think it’s at all possible to make the change that we’re seeking without engaging... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna

​Fellow, Movement Strategy Center

 

There’s the work, and then there’s the spirit behind it: with Navina Khanna, it’s one and the same. “Navina is a catalyzer and activator who puts others first and leads through hard work and service…and calls all of this ‘love,’” says Ricardo Salvador, himself a 2013 JBF Leadership Award recipient. “She is one of the few people who can act on that word meaningfully in the real world by making the lives of others better because of knowing and working with her.”

 

Indeed, Khanna is led by her heart. Touched at an early age by the marvels of nature, active in environmental initiatives as a teen, and horrified by the negative impact of the Green Revolution and corporate influence over the food system in her family’s native India, Khanna commenced early in the pursuit of more just, equitable, and sustainable food and agricultural practices.

 

After embarking on that pursuit, she began planting the seeds for others... Read more >

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