Talking Sustainability and Scale in Charleston

 
 

In preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference, A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust, we're holding regional salons around the country to discuss the concept of trust in our food system. Our conference season officially kicked off on April 10 in Charleston, South Carolina, where we met with a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the Charleston food community. The participants were asked to consider the notion of trust through a variety of lenses—science, scale, and place. Last week, we shared the feedback on the concept of place, and yesterday, we shared the group's insights on science. Next up, we’d like to share what everyone had to say about the context of scale as... Read more >

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Talking Sustainability and Science in Charleston

 

Last week, we filled you in on our recent regional salon, held in preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust. The salon drew a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the Charleston food community who shared their opinions on what’s happening in today’s food system. The participants were asked to consider trust through a variety of lenses, and yesterday’s post was devoted to the notion of “place.” Next up, we’d like to share what everyone had to say about the context of science as it relates to trust in our food system:

 

Science had both positive and negative connotations for our participants. According to... Read more >

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Talking Sustainability and Community in Charleston

 

The JBF Food Conference season kicked off last week with our first regional “salon” held in Charleston, South Carolina, at the beautiful and historic McCrady’s Restaurant. Conceived as a way to engage food system stakeholders from around the country and to gather input on the themes for our annual conference, our salons spark fascinating discussions on the critical topics we face. The theme of this year’s conference (click here to learn more) is: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust.

 

Facilitated by JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis and food system consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources, a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and... Read more >

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Reel Food: Mitchell Davis Talks Taste at TEDxManhattan

At last month's TEDxManhattan event, "Changing the Way We Eat," our very own Mitchell Davis gave a thought-provoking talk about the importance of taste and the role it should play in improving the American food system. A video of his speech is below; you can watch the other food-related talks that were given at the event here.

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Good Food Awards Finalists Announced

charcuterie Over on Food Matters, we report on the finalists for the Good Food Awards, which honor producers who “push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.” Get more details here.

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Recipes: Sustainable Seafood

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When choosing seafood that's caught responsibly and low in mercury, here's a good rule of thumb: the smaller, the better. Here are a few of our favorite sustainable seafood recipes. Pasta with Sardine Cream Sauce  Look for wild-caught sardines from the Pacific Ocean when making this simple pasta dish. Mussels with Thai Seasonings  Coconut milk, lime juice, and green curry paste lend Far East flavors to this quick-cooking dish. Clam Chowder with Bacon  Thomas Keller's version of the New England classic is made with applewood-smoked slab bacon and sweet littleneck or Manila clams.

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Sustainable Seafood: A Guide to the Guides

The James Beard Foundation's guide to sustainable seafood

Fishing practices are harming our ocean ecosystems at an alarming rate by depleting populations, polluting the water, and destroying habitats. Making sustainable seafood choices is something we can all do to make a difference. There’s an array of apps, websites, and other tools to nudge us in the right direction, but which one is right for your lifestyle? We did some research so you can make an educated choice.

You can also download a printable version of our Sustainable Seafood Chart.

GUIDE: Blue Ocean Institute
PLATFORMS: Website and app
TARGET: Chefs and consumers
SPECIAL FEATURES: Users without smart phones can text the name of a fish to get sustainability info through the “... Read more >

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