Sunday, October 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The James Beard House (167 West 12th Street, NYC)
Hosted by The Mushroom Council and the Blended Burger Project.
Monday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Convene Conference Center, 730 3rd Ave., NYC
PLEASE NOTE: The price of conference tickets will increase to $600 after October 2nd. Register early and save!
Our world of 24-hour news cycles, instantaneous global communications, viral hashtags, and ambitious Wall Street growth targets has created a population ever hungry for something new. We are all susceptible to trends. Even urgent and important food issues wax and wane in the spotlight, competing for the attention of chefs, media, politicians, funders, businesses, and activists.
At the 2016 James Beard Foundation Food Conference, Now Trending: The Making of a Food Movement, we’ll engage with experts from across disciplines to explore the genesis and lifecycle of trends and apply that knowledge to food-system issues. We’ll draw on the experience of other trend-focused industries, such as technology, fashion, and design, to understand why some trends last and others fizzle.
Using food waste and other issues that are now trending, we’ll unpack the way interest and enthusiasm for a topic build to become a widespread concern, an impetus for behavior change, a business imperative, and ultimately a social movement--not necessarily in that order. We’ll explore lessons and best practices from the field of trend forecasting, before engaging with you on the food issues you care most about.
As always, the JBF Food Conference will convene a group of experts and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds—yourself included—to provided the expertise and encouragement you need to turn your passion into the next big thing.
For more information and a list of confirmed speakers, please visit jbffoodconference.org.
The Ameritania Hotel
230 West 54th Street (Between Broadway & 8th Avenue), NYC
Book now! Rooms will be released on September 25, 2016.
Rates: $289 Single Guestroom and $309 Double Guestroom
To Reserve: Please call the The Ameritania Hotel at 855-767-5050 and mention the James Beard Foundation Conference Group.
(Please note: Rates are subject to availability and are not guaranteed if booked after September 25, 2016. The Ameritania Hotel has stairs at its entrance and is therefore not 100% handicapped accessible. Should you require accessibility, please contact Emily Riehle at email@example.com or 914.231.6180.)
2016 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards Dinner
Monday, October 17
Hearst Tower, NYC
6:30pm Cocktail Reception
Co-Hosted by Good Housekeeping
The Foundation’s Leadership Awards recognizes visionaries creating a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world. Voted on by the growing cohort of honorees, the recipients of the Leadership Awards will be recognized at a ceremony and dinner, coinciding with the Food Conference on October 17th. The past five years of award winners work in diverse areas, such as school lunches, hunger, sustainable agriculture, and education. The five 2016 honorees will also speak at the 2016 JBF Food Conference.
Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez
Co-founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
For their innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain.
John Boyd, Jr.
Founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association
For his leadership in the fight for African-American farmers’ civil rights.
Founder of the Small Planet Institute and Founder/Director of Real Food Media
For her work as an author, educator, and sustainable food advocate.
For his leadership as an advocate in the fight against hunger.
Author, Activist and Academic
For his scholarship and advocacy work to change the inequalities in our world’s food system.
A Special Thanks to our Conference Partners:
Please note that all tickets to the Food Conference and Leadership Awards are not refundable. However, they are transferable. Contact Emily Riehle at Bowen & Company, 914.231.6180, for questions or concerns. Thank you.
Food matters. You are what you eat not only because food is nutrition, but also because food is an integral part of our everyday lives. Food is economics, politics, entertainment, culture, fashion, family, passion...and nourishment. The James Beard Foundation is at the center of America's culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives.
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