Selections from the 2016 James Beard Foundation Food Conference

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We’re thrilled to bring you these selections from the 2016 James Beard Foundation Food Conference, entitled, Now Trending: The Making of a Food Movement.  

The conference sought to bring together leaders from across disciplines to develop strategies for channeling the excitement and energy surrounding food trends into a cohesive movement for a better food system.

For the complete conference video archive, visit the James Beard Foundation’s livestream page.  Don’t miss 2016 JBF Leadership Award Honorees Anna Lappé, author and founder of Real Food Media; John Boyd Jr., Founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association; Congressman Jim McGovern, U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts; and many other inspiring speakers!

October 17th – 18th, 2016; courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

Debate #1– Motion: Kale and quinoa, molecular and New Nordic, in food, novelty is what matters, not tradition.  

  • Jamer Hunt, Transdisciplinary Design, The New School
  • Madhur Jaffrey, Actress, JBF Award–Winning Cookbook Author, Journalist
  • Bill Buford, Journalist, Author of Heat
  • David Sax, Journalist, Author of The Tastemakers (Moderator)

Debate #2– Motion: Unraveling the industrial food system must be a key goal of a lasting food movement.

  • Sam Kass, Founder, Trove
  • Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
  • Tamar Haspel, Journalist, Washington Post (Moderator)

Inspiration Session: What We Can Learn From Social Movements

Get inspired by these leading voices from social movements in the world of food and beyond.  Featuring:

  • Evan Wolfson, Former Founder/President, Freedom to Marry
  • Greg Asbed, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; 2016 JBF Leadership Award Honoree
  • Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; 2016 JBF Leadership Award Honoree
  • Shen Tong, Managing Partner, FoodFutureCo
  • Ashindi Maxton, Philanthropic Strategist (Moderator)

Fear and Loathing in the Food Movement

Don’t miss Raj Patel’s succinct and brilliant look at inequality and the politics of disgust.

  • Raj Patel, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; 2016 JBF Leadership Award Honoree

Closing Keynote

How do we create a legitimate, powerful food movement?  Tune in for wise words from Administrator Gina McCarthy about addressing poverty, rallying grassroots support, and giving a voice to underrepresented people.  With closing remarks by Mitchell Davis and fashion industry icon Tim Gunn.  Featuring:

  • Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, The James Beard Foundation
  • Tim Gunn, Educator, Author, Fashion Therapist, Project Runway Mentor