The 2017 Chefs Collaborative Summit, which took place in Atlanta, was a gathering of chefs and food professionals who are changing menus and changing lives. The theme this year was “Growing Community – Owning the Future,” and it included talks from Martha Mendoza, Tunde Wey, Hugh Acheson, and many more.

We began our coverage of the summit at the Big Green Egg Culinary Center, where butcher Adam Danforth, farmer Craig Rogers, and chef Michael Costa collaborated on a workshop and demo. The three discussed all things lamb – from the science of muscles and flavor, to using lesser known cuts, and even starter tips for beginners.

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THE FARMER, THE BUTCHER, AND THE CHEF

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The summit talks began on Sunday, September 10th at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Atlanta. Moderated by Kim Severson of the New York Times, the day included discussions on issues such as ethical seafood practices, food waste, adaptive grazing techniques, and reimagining of the archaic curriculum of “home economics.” In between talks were networking sessions complete with delicious food provided by chefs from around Atlanta.

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“GROWING COMMUNITY, OWNING THE FUTURE” PART ONE

List of speakers:
Kim Severson, New York Times (moderating throughout)
Piper Davis, Grand Central Bakery
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union
Judith Winfrey, PeachDish
Paula Daniels, Center for Good Food Purchasing
Martha Mendoza, Pulitzer Prize Winning AP Reporter
Tunde Wey, Blackness in America, and Julia Bainbridge, Atlanta Magazine
Alice Rolls, Georgia Organics

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“GROWING COMMUNITY, OWNING THE FUTURE” PART TWO

List of speakers:
Marc Oshima, AeroFarms
Evan Mallett, Black Trumpet
Josh Goldman, Australis Barramundi
Hugh Acheson, Seed Life Skills
Tamara Jones, Southeast African American Farmers Organic Network
Matthew Raiford, The Farmer and the Larder
Daniel Patterson, Alta Group, Coi and LocoL
Johnny Livesay, Black Star Co-Op
Saket Soni, National Guestworker Alliance
Marielena Hincapié, National Immigration Law Center

This video welcoming participants to Atlanta was played at the beginning of the 2017 Chefs Collaborative Summit.

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