JBF on the Air: Coffee with Dan Shafer

Dan Shafer of Crop to Cup on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis perked things up with a show devoted to coffee, featuring Crop to Cup's Dan Shafer. As the company's director of operations, Dan sources high-quality, sustainable coffees for buyers who value authentic connections to the farm. To learn more about growing communities, direct trade models, how terroir affects flavor, and tips for buying, storing, grinding, and even roasting your own beans, listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon.... Read more >

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The 2013 JBF Leadership Awards Dinner: A Menu in Three Acts

James Beard Award–winning chef Maria Hines

 

Are you voting with your fork? We did last night! For our 2013 JBF Leadership Awards, which celebrate visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world, we asked JBF Award–winning chef Maria Hines to come to New York City and create a menu to honor these inspiring individuals. For the occasion, the esteemed chef of Seattle's Tilth and Golden Beetle created a menu in which each dish represents a different facet of food policy. Read on to see the menu and learn about chef Maria’s inspiration behind each course:

 

The 2013 JBF Leadership Awards Dinner: A Menu in Three Acts
Created by JBF Award winner Maria Hines

 

Inspiration: The annual JBF Food Conference has a sustainability focus. When they invited me to be the chef for the corresponding JBF Leadership Awards this year, I... Read more >

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Watch Live: 2013 JBF Food Conference


Our fourth annual JBF Food Conference starts today! This year's theme is "The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change." We'll be streaming all of our speakers and panelists live all day, so please join us and watch here. 

 

You can find more information and see the full agenda here. An archive of all talks and panels lives here. Join the conversation by commenting here or tweeting using the hashtag #jbfleads

 

 

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Consuming Appetites

The 2013 JBF Food Conference will explore the role appetite plays in sustainability and public health

 

Hunger is not a feeling I know. But appetite consumes me.

 

Despite an occasional pang here and there, I have never been hungry, because I have access to more than enough food to sustain me. For the most part that food is of the highest quality, grown in accordance with the most sustainable practices, and prepared to exacting standards.

 

I am not hungry, but I have a near insatiable appetite. I want to try this new restaurant. I want to taste that heirloom tomato. I want to finish the entire pot. Far from needing to find what to eat, my personal struggle is to find how to stop. This is a battle I often lose. Still, I am lucky.

 

Appetite is desire.

 

We eat and shop and strive to attain the things we want for reasons beyond need. Sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, even... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: The 100th Episode

Karen Karp and JBF’s Izabela Wojcik on Taste Matters

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis was joined by producer Ashley Kosiak, food consultant Karen Karp, and JBF’s director of house programming Izabela Wojcik for a lively discussion to mark the show’s 100th episode. The group chewed over history, perspective, presentation, ingredients, and community in our food system, and also analyzed the cultural shift towards more organic, sustainable, and locally produced foods. With our nation’s top toques building menus around their local greenmarkets, many consumers have begun follow in their footsteps. Listen below to learn more:

 

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Register for the 2013 JBF Food Conference

 

Registration for the 2013 JBF Food Conference is now open

 

Want to have a seat at a gathering of some of brightest minds in the sustainability and food-policy fields? Register to attend the 2013 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 21–22 at New York City's Convene Conference Center. More than 25 food-system luminaries, including Raj Patel, Michael Moss, and Carolyn Steel, are slated to speak about crucial issues that our industry faces. The underlying theme of this year's event is appetite and the paradoxes it engenders: hunger and obesity, consumption and conservation, ambition and suppression, to name a few. Conference speakers and panelists will use appetite as a tool to help us understand how to arrive at a more healthful, sustainable future... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Food Safety and Sustainability

Urvashi Rangan on Taste Matters

Buying natural, sustainable, and healthy food has become increasingly confusing in our hyper-marketed world. On yesterday's powerful episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis got some straight facts from Urvashi Rangan, executive director of the Food Safety and Sustainability Center operated by Consumer Reports. Learn all about the truth behind "natural" labels, the dangers of food marketing, and the growing problem of "green noise" below:

 

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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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