2014 Agenda

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference
Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?

October 27 & 28
Convene Conference Center
New York City

Conference Objectives

This year's James Beard Food Conference takes a hard look at health and food, and what is and is not working to address the health impacts of the modern American diet. Over the course of two stimulating days you can expect presentations and conversations that give you a better sense of actual health trends, three unique looks at what is driving these trends, and what solutions-oriented food system leaders and the medical community can do to make a difference. Not only will you get the chance to meet and interact with distinguished audience members, speakers, and panelists, you will co-create with them both an expansive definition of health and a call to action for better health that we can all subscribe to. Plan on being engaged, challenged, and encouraged by this carefully curated event designed for you.


Pre-Conference Welcome Reception

Sunday, October 26, 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

48 West 21st Street, NYC

Hosted by the Natural Gourmet Institute.


Day 1


What is Health?
9:00 a.m. –  11:00 a.m.


Images of Health: Media Messaging on Food, Health, and Wellness


The Journey to Today: Curating a Dialogue on Health
          Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, The James Beard Foundation


Keynote: What is Health?

Zeke Emanuel, MD, Director, Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Obama Administration


Community Exchange: The Healthiest You       

            Joseph McIntyre, Founder, Ag Innovations Network (Facilitator)


Community Exchange: Defining Health


            Susan Ungaro, President, The James Beard Foundation


Today’s Roadmap: Lenses on Health
            Karen Karp, President, Karp Resources


Trends and Snapshots: The Epidemiology of Health
            Chris Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


Voices in Leadership
            Karen Washington, Urban Farmer and Community Activist


Community Exchange: Health Trends in your Community


What is Making Us Sick Anyway?
Lens One: The Ubiquity of Sweeteners
11:00 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.


Session Introduction

Jonathan Halperin, Founder, Designing Sustainability 


Sugar and Health: What is the Connection? - A Dialogue

Robert Lustig, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, University of California – San Francisco, and Author
Jonathan Halperin 


Youth Voices: Clips from the film Fed Up


Taming Sugar: Solutions & Challenges
            Laurie David, Executive Producer, Fed Up
            Cindy Gershen, Chef/Owner, Sunrise Bistro & Catering
            Emily Luchetti, Chief Pastry Officer, Marlowe, Park Tavern, and Cavalier Restaurants
            Jonathan Halperin (Moderator)


The Sweet Truth – A Dialogue

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, and Food Salon Coordinator, the Aspen Institute


Community Exchange: Reactions and Questions


12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.


Lens Two: Disease & Disparity
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Youth Voices: The Bigger Picture Campaign
            Sarah Fine, Director, The Bigger Picture


Voices in Leadership
            Navina Khanna, Fellow, Movement Strategy Center


Health & Place: Why Equity Matters

Toni Griffin, Founder, Urban Planning for the American City
Nick Saul, President and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, and Professor of Clinical, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Tracie McMillan, Journalist and Author (Moderator)


Community Exchange: How Can We Change the Health/Equity Equation?


Women’s Voices: What Good Housekeeping Readers Are Saying About Health
            Miriam Arond, Director, Good Housekeeping Research Institute


Lens Three: Towards An Ecology of Health
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Voices in Leadership
            Ben Burkett, President, National Family Farmer Coalition


Session Introduction

            Allison Aubrey, NPR 


Monocultures: In the Field and On the Plate
            Jennifer Wilkins, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University


A Fruitful Journey: Moving from Monocultures to Diversities
           Kathleen Frith, President, Glynwood
           Derek Yach, Vitality Institute
           Jennifer Wilkins
           Allison Aubrey (Moderator)


Community Exchange: What Does a Healthier Plate Look Like to You?    


4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The Food and Health Nexus – A Dialogue    
            Mark Bittman, Author and Journalist, The New York Times
            Mitchell Davis


Stories & Wellness: Storytelling, Health, and a Way Forward
          Rita Charon, MD, Founder and Director, Center for Narrative Medicine, Columbia University


Day 2


Leadership for Health
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Voices in Leadership: Moments from the 2014 Leadership Awards Ceremony
            Mary Sue Miliken, Chef and Co-Owner, Border Grill


Personal & Collective Responsibility – A Dialogue

Michael Pollan, Writer/Journalist and Professor, University of California, Berkley
Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, the White House
Jane Black, Journalist (Moderator)


Community Exchange: Leadership Questions, Answers, and Conundrums


A Better Prescription for Health
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Session Introduction
            Kim Kessler, Policy and Program Specialist, Food Law, UCLA Law


Partners in Health: How Healthcare Providers Can Collaborate for Health
            Eliza Ng, MD
            Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President, Wholesome Wave
            Maritza Owens, CEO, Harvest Home Farmer’s Market
            David Stevens, MD
            Kim Kessler (Moderator)


Youth Voices: The Bigger Picture Poetry Project


A Doctor’s Perspective: Data, Evidence, Experience

Tim Harlan, MD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Services at Tulane University School of Medicine, Executive Director, The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University


Allies for Health – A Dialogue
            Tim Harlan
            Seamus Mullen, Chef/Owner, Tertulia, and Author, Hero Food
            Kim Kessler (Moderator) 


Towards a Healthier America
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Future Rx: New Work Bridging Cuisine, Cooking, and Health

America Cooks with Chefs, a joint program with the Clinton Foundation, Good Housekeeping, and the James Beard Foundation
Food Tank + JBF: The Good Food Directory
USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015


Community Exchange: Our Prescription Plan


12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.







To view the 2013 Food Conference agenda, click here.

To view the 2012 Food Conference agenda, click here.

For queries, please contact foodconference@jamesbeard.org.