Chefs as Catalysts for Change - Panel Discussion for DC Chefs and Food Professionals

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Chefs as Catalysts for Change - What’s on your plate? Panel Discussion for DC Chefs & Food Professionals

 Teaism in partnership with Food Day 2012 is hosting a panel discussion on Monday October 22, 2012 from 3pm to 6pm

at the Navy Memorial Heritage Center.

Moderated by Ann Yonkers, founder of the FRESH FARM Markets, with welcome by

Nora Pouillon Chef/Owner, Restaurant Nora.

The panel will consist of three speakers:

Spike Gjerde, Chef/Owner, Woodberry Kitchen

Steve Vilnit, Director of Marketing for Maryland Fisheries

Heather White, Chief of Staff, Environmental Working Group


In DC and cities throughout the country, food issues around access and sustainability are front and center. The Farm Bill 2012 is up for renewal, the Stanford Study comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods has been released, and the battle to label GMOs is raging in California. Chefs as Catalysts for Change seeks to educate local chefs about the serious issues surrounding the nation’s food supply and help them make informed decisions for the future. After all, chefs are leaders in the food industry with the power to directly affect food trends and essentially create the public’s palate. They also happen to feed the key policymakers that have the future of our food supply in their hands.


The topics ready for discussion range from food policy, to the GMO debate, cattle prices and fish sourcing solutions. Panelists will challenge chefs to take a look at what’s on their plates, the integrity of what they are serving to their customers as well as defining the chef’s role in influencing the future of the

food supply. Also among the invitees are culinary students, restaurant owners, farmers, and purveyors of fish, meat and produce. “The goal is to enroll chefs in the effort to create a more sustainable food supply and ignite them to become the catalysts for change in food policy that we need,” says Michelle Brown, Co-owner of Teaism.


Light food and beverage will be served with  donations from Peak Organic Brewing Co., Wines by Raz donation courtesy of Comète Wines, Teaism, which is three asian inspired tea houses and restaurant in Washington DC and and online teashop selling loose leaf teas, teaware and gift items online, and Toigo Orchards.


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