Date(s) - 05/02/17
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, James Beard Foundation; Sam Kass, Founding Partner, TROVE; Former Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition and Chef, The White House. Moderated by Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program.
What should our food system look like? According to the USDA, American consumption of local foods has tripled in the past two decades and demand is predicted to be worth over $20 billion by 2019. And yet, markets continue to expand globally, connecting rural producers with urban consumers, and offering new opportunities for small scale farmers. What are the environmental repercussions of a food movement that demands diversity, sustainability, and local production? And how will this trend impact already vulnerable farming populations?
Executive Vice President, James Beard Foundation
Mitchell Davis is the executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation, a cookbook author, and food journalist. With the Beard Foundation for almost 25 years, Davis has created an overseen many of the organization’s initiatives, including the annual JBF Food Summit on sustainability and public health; and JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change. In 2013, Davis led the team to create the USA Pavilion at the World Expo Milano 2015 for the U.S. Department of State. In addition to his work at JBF, he holds a chair on the academy of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking program, is the author of five cookbooks, and holds a PhD in food studies from NYU.
Founding Partner, TROVE; Former Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition and Chef, The White House
Sam Kass is a food entrepreneur, former White House Chef, and the founder of TROVE. During his White House tenure, Kass took on many additional roles including executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and senior White House policy advisor for nutrition. In 2012, Kass helped create the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the US State Department and James Beard Foundation to promote global diplomacy through culinary initiatives. Since leaving the White House in 2014, Kass has established TROVE and became a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners. He is also an MIT Media Lab Fellow.
Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program
Alesha Black is the director the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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