Recap: Chefs Collaborative 2012
This past weekend marked my second time visiting the beautiful city of Seattle, WA.
Boarding the plane from San Francisco my head was swimming in anticipation of all the amazing conversations and connections that lay ahead. This years Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit brought together many of my sustainable food heroes that have fought hard to restore responsible husbandry of food production.
The keynote addresses given by Rowan Jacobsen and Ruth Reichl, set the mood right out of the gate, and moved many in the crowd to tears. It was incredible to hear first hand accounts of their tremendous efforts to release our food from the clutches of a soul-less industrial food complex that was pumping out flavorless food and polluting our delicate planet. The fight still continues today, but we certainly would not be where we are without their relentless and mindful efforts.
It goes without saying that the food prepared by the Seattle Culinary Academy and local vendors was absolutely amazing. It was truly refreshing to not only see how passionate they were about their cuisine, but also how passionately they told the story of the food producers from which their dishes were created. It is from this collective of visionary farmers, fisherman, ranchers, and chefs that the sustainable food movement continues to grow today.
A big thanks to all of them, and to all of you for supporting their work.
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."
~Cree Indian Proverb