Honoring Judy Rodgers

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Photo credit: Kim Kulish for The Los Angeles Times

We are saddened to hear about the passing of Judy Rogers, longtime chef at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. She was a true luminary, and a former member of Chefs Collaborative. You can read a wonderful tribute to her in the LA Times.

Judy Rodgers nurtured a generation of cooks and her presence in the community will be sorely missed. For more than 25 years at her iconic San Francisco restaurant, it was all about attention to detail – both in terms of the quality of ingredients and the techniques used to prepare them. The result was always simple, delicious and beautiful food.”

- Michael Leviton, Board Chair of Chefs Collaborative; chef/owner of Lumiere in Newton, MA and chef/co-owner of Area Four in Cambridge, MA.

Do you have a memory of Judy Rodgers, or of cooking her iconic Zuni Cafe roasted chicken? Please feel free to leave a memory in the comments below.

Posted by: Alisha Fowler

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with us today!

130312_chefscollaborative_20yearsWith Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, it’s time for Giving Tuesday. Today, Americans across the country are celebrating and supporting nonprofit organizations at the start of the holiday season, and giving what they can to ensure that we can give back all year long.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday With Us
Being a part of this movement is easy! Can you donate just $20 to Chefs Collaborative today?

Why Support Chefs Collaborative?
2013 marks 20 years of our work connecting chefs with chefs to transform our food system. We’re asking for donations of $20 in honor of the last 20 years of working together. Help us reach our December fundraising goal of $27,000 and support our work in changing the food system.

Donations of any size are welcome. Any contribution you make will directly support our efforts to make real change happen and get better food on our menus.

How To Give
Head over to our Giving Tuesday website, or send your gift via mail by mailing a check to 89 South St., LL, Boston MA 02111.

What Now?
Thank you so much for being a part of #GivingTuesday. Please consider sending this blog to a friend to help amplify our impact!

Posted by: Alisha Fowler

Weekly Member News Round-Up 11/25-12/1

Chefs Collaborative members do amazing work every day – check out our weekly members news link round-up to see what’s going on around the country:

  • ‘Food, Inc.’ Pioneer Award Winner: Wholesome Wave (Willy Blackmore, TakePart, 11.24.13) Michel Nischan discusses his nonprofit Wholesome Wave, which is an anti-hunger group working to increase the affordability and access of healthier food choices in underserved communities.
  • How to Deep Fry A Turkey (Chef Kurt Michael Friese, Real Food For All, 11.27.13) Kurt Friese shares his tips for cooking a turkey as well as his distaste for commercially available birds and preference for “real” turkeys.
  • Ethan Stowell sets price for fine dining — $300 per person (Glenn Drosendahl, Puget Sound Business Journal, 11.27.13) Ethan Stowell plans to open a small, ultra-high end restaurant, named Noyer, that will serve a tasting menu “with the best possible Northwest ingredients” with fixed wine pairings for $300 a person.
  • Cuisine En Locale takes over Anthony’s space in Somerville (Monica Jimenez, Wicked Local Somerville, 11.30.13) JJ Gonson is taking over Anthony’s in Somerville and planning to utilize the space to continue Cuisine En Locale’s catering business (which is committed to using the freshest produce and only local ingredients), host community meals, and provide activities and events for the neighborhood.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here is how some of our members’ take on Turkey Day.

With the holidays fast approaching, here are some examples of our members giving back:

  • Tony Maws Serves Up Thanksgiving Cheer (90.9 WBUR, 11.27.13) Listen to the radio story about how Tony Maws has maintained his tradition of cooking a full Thanksgiving meal for the firehouse across the street from his restaurant, Craigie on Main.
  • Chef Susan Feniger (Michelle McCarthy, Frontiers LA, 11.27.13) A profile of Susan Feniger reveals all the different organizations she supports and ways she gives back.

Inspired to give back? Support our work as we head into 2014 – a donation of any size makes a difference! Go to our Give to Chefs Collaborative page to contribute to our efforts.

And just in case you missed it…

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[VIDEO] Grass-fed Herb Burgers in The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook

With Thanksgiving upon us, we want to remind you that The Chefs Collaborative Cookbookauthored by Chefs Collaborative and Ellen Jackson and published by Taunton Press, is on the stands and it is a fantastic holiday gift option! It’s chock full of recipes from 115 member chefs. The cookbook has a ton of rich information for the home cooks in your lives, as well as gorgeous photos from Gentl + Hyers.

Chef Todd Hudson of The Wildflower Cafe and Coffeehouse in Mason, OH contributed to the cookbook. In this video, he shared his recipe for perfectly cooked Grass-Fed Beef Herb Burgers. Because it is extra lean, grass-fed ground beef is easier to overcook, but this method keeps burgers juicy. The simple blend of herbs compliments the char-grilled flavors and allows the fresh meat to stand on its own:

If you’re interested in buying 10+ cookbooks, we can also give you a serious discount! Contact us for more information.

Posted by: Hayley Fager

Weekly Member News Round-Up 11/18-24

Chefs Collaborative members do amazing work every day – check out our weekly members news link round-up to see what’s going on around the country:

  • Bites Book Club: Southern Hospitality (Chris Chamberlain, Nashville Scene Food Blog, 11.18.13) Anne Quatrano’s cookbook, “Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality,” receives a glowing review and recognition for its dedication to the use of local ingredients, such as the ones sourced from Quatrano’s family farm.
  • Announcing the 2013 Eater Awards for Boston (Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Eater Boston, 11.18.13) The Eater Awards 2013 for Boston were announced, with jm Curley as a finalist for Restaurant of the Year, Tony Maws as a finalist for Chef of the Year, and The Kirkland Tap & Trotter as the winner of So Hot Right Now.
  • John Ash talks turkey (Diane Peterson, The Press Democrat, 11.19.13) John Ash offers Thanksgiving cooking advice and discusses his book, “Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook,” which includes tips on sourcing healthy poultry, guidelines for proper handling and storage, and over 170 recipes.
  • In One Ear: Greenhouse Project benefit at Cafe at Adele’s (Johnathan L. Wright, RGJ, 11.19.13) Mark Estee prepared a meal that celebrated ingredients from local farmers and producers at the Celebrity Chef Harvest Dinner to benefit the greenhouse and garden programs of Carson’s Greenhouse Project.
  • Oyster conference’s keynote speaker preaches disease and risk control (Eric McCarthy, The Journal Pioneer, 11.19.13) Sebastian Belle, the executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, touched on countless issues relating to sustainability in his keynote address, “Producing Environmentally Sustainable Seafood,” at the P.E.I Oyster Conference.
  • Thierry Rautureau set to open new downtown flagship (Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, 11.20.13) Thierry Rautureau will open Loulay on December 4th in downtown Seattle. The restaurant will serve contemporary versions of the country-style French food the chef grew up with, and Rautureau hopes it will have the volume to allow him to check a project off his wish list – hiring a full-time butcher to prepare the fish and meat.
  • Nothing Fishy About Rick Moonen’s New Licensing Program (Digital Journal, 11.20.13) Rick Moonen signed on with a licensing agency to develop a comprehensive line of sustainable fish and seafood products. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of every item will be donated to a national charity working to end childhood hunger in America.
  • Chef Michael Anthony talks ‘The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook‘ (Kaylen Baker, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 11.20.13) Michael Anthony discusses his new cookbook that includes insights into his focus on seasonality and his penchant for creating original dishes out of local and healthful ingredients.
  • Nothing beets fall flavors at the Farmers Market (Shaun Smith, Shore News Today, 11.20.13) The Margate Community Farmers Market returned for a special Thanksgiving edition. Market organizer Cookie Till cites the public’s increased awareness about what farmers markets are all about as one of the incentives for creating this event that will feature fall produce.
  • Ad Hoc in Yountville still fresh and exciting (Michael Bauer, SFGate, 11.20.13) A review of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc refers to the use of ingredients that speak of Northern California as well as sourcing from the French Laundry garden when discussing why this restaurant is still fresh.
  • Bondir Concord restaurant opens Thursday (Wicked Local Concord, 11.21.13) Jason Bond officially opened Bondir Concord, which will feature a daily changing menu based on the availability and use of local and fresh produce, meat and fish.

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Member Spotlight: Shorewood High School Culinary Arts Program

This month we talked with Shorewood High School’s Culinary Arts program in Shoreline, Washington, to learn more about how a culinary education program for high school students puts sustainability into its curriculum. 

 

shorewood logoTell us about Shorewood High Schools Culinary Arts program. When and why did it start?

In 1990, Bev Anderson, Family and Consumer Science Education (FACSE) teacher inherited an industry-based foods class known as FEAST, Food Equipment and Service Training. Over the next two years this class transitioned
from a technically oriented program to a more expansive curriculum that featured not only food preparation skills and restaurant industry standards, but also made students aware of amazing opportunities in the food service and hospitality industries. As academic and vocational skills were blended, collegebound students with a passion for food also found their way into this class. Bob Short, the principal at Shorewood at the time, and Linda Thompson, the district Vocational Director recognized the value of expanding the program and incorporating a broader-based curriculum. There was terrific support at all levels for this program and, with that support; they were able to build an awardwinning program that gained recognition throughout the greater Seattle area.

How many students are involved in the Culinary Arts program?

Currently there are 25 students enrolled in the program. Although Culinary Arts
is more professionally focused, we offer it as an elective to the general student population, classes that focus on Food and Nutrition and Cuisines and Cultures. These classes focus on how to make quality, nutritious food at home while incorporating the diversity of the world we live in.

Who are the teachers?

Diana Dillard is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Her chef experience includes positions as Executive Sous chef for The Club Corporation of America in Miami, Chef tournant at Fuller’s in The Seattle Sheraton, and owner/executive chef of Rain City Grill in Seattle. While she owned and operated Rain City Grill, it was voted one of the city’s top five restaurants. She participated in the first-ever chef’s exchange with the former Soviet Union, during which she prepared meals for U.S. and Soviet ambassadors. Diana taught professional culinary arts courses at Seattle Culinary Academy before coming to Shorewood High School.
Wendy Jordan is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. She is new to Shorewood High School, yet brings with her a wealth of experience. She recently relocated to the Seattle area with her family from Las Vegas, where for 12 years, she and her husband, owned and operated Rosemary’s Restaurant. Wendy has also been chef/owner of her own catering company, and taught at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts for 7 years. She is currently teaching at Seattle Culinary Academy part-time and Shorewood High School as a paraeducator.

How do they include sustainable practices in their curriculum?
students garden
Our Culinary Arts program created a culinary garden in collaboration with the Master Gardeners program of Washington State University’s Cooperative
Extension. Our students participate in the planning, planting, nurturing and use of the garden. They are introduced in a hands-on way to the understanding of
where their food comes from and they will carry this with them as they move on to culinary schools, college and the working world. Our program operates a catering business, which is open to the public, and items from the garden are utilized whenever possible. We also foster monthly guest chef dinners, which focus on the use of the culinary garden as well as meats and seafood that are
sustainably raised.

How have the students reacted to the program’s sustainability focus?

Many of our students have grown up in a climate of sustainability without realizing it. Seattle is a very progressive city that supports P-Patch community gardens, and numerous organizations that support healthy food education. But for those who this is not the norm, our sustainability practices are eye opening. One of the goals of the program is to combine the art of creating menus with preparing foods featuring local, seasonal items and preservation techniques. Utilization is another goal that inspires their creativity. We throw nothing away, introducing the students to our composting system in the garden, and canning garden items to sell at our annual Farmer’s Market. The students react with interest and excitement as they learn this new way of thinking and participate in selling at the market.

What do you still have to conquer?

Our program’s biggest task to conquer is the state of our Culinary Arts garden. Shorewood High School recently moved into a new building and our beautiful, well-established garden, had to be uprooted and will be paved over. We are basically starting over, applying for grants and trying to raise the money to begin again. We have tremendous support in regards to the physical labor, now we just need the funding.

What is next for the program?

student cookWe are currently working on increasing our enrollment for Culinary Arts, in order to offer Culinary Arts I and II. We want to focus the class towards transferable work-place skills such as basic cooking techniques and knife skills and then move them into applying leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills. To do this, we invite local chefs to Shorewood to feature “Chef Dinners” which give students the experience of working with the best chefs in our city and learning both “front of the house” and “back of the house” skills. This sometimes leads to internships for our students at Seattle restaurants where chefs recognize the students’ level of technical proficiency and allow them to experience professional restaurant kitchens while earning wages and learning invaluable skills. We have also received approval for a new textbook and we are interested in using their companion software, MyCulinaryLab. This is a great way to incorporate technology into our Culinary Arts classroom.

Why is Shorewood High School a member of Chefs Collaborative?

Both of the chef instructors are industry professionals and have past experience and passion for Chefs Collaborative, as well as other industry based organizations. The value these organizations provide to the individual is paramount as they translate the over load of information and politics surrounding food today, into a format that is usable and understandable. We want the students to get a taste of their benefits through membership. The Seattle chapter of Chefs Collaborative has gone above and beyond, to help involve our
students. They offer scholarships to many to attend the meet and greet/educational events, taking into account their families’ current financial limitations.

What are some of the student’s favorite ingredients that were new to work with?

Lacinato kale, McEwen & Sons grits – Alabama, tarragon, taro root, celeriac, pomegranite, and fresh pasta.

Anything Else?
students make ravioli
Students in our SW program gain not only competency in culinary skills, but also a sense of being a part of a very valued and esteemed program. Several graduates of Shorewood Culinary Arts, many with college degrees, have continued in the industry, becoming Executive Chefs in Seattle.

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Weekly Member News Round-Up 11/11-17

Chefs Collaborative members do amazing work every day – check out our weekly members news link round-up to see what’s going on around the country:

  • When One Kitchen Isn’t Enough (Brett Anderson, New York Times, 11.11.13) Tony Maws discusses opening a second restaurant while maintaining a commitment to his own cooking style, which includes an emphasis on butchering and cooking unique cuts of meat.
  • Opinion: SNAP isn’t about a ‘free lunch’ (Hugh Acheson, CNN Eatocracy, 11.11.13) Hugh Acheson gives his thoughts on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts, stating that “SNAP is an investment in our healthy future.”
  • Capuchin Soup Kitchen caters to your Thanksgiving menu (Debbie Komar, Daily Tribune, 11.12.13) Amy Costello of Capuchin Soup Kitchen will be catering Thanksgiving dinners that will include locally produced ingredients as much as possible and will source from the urban gardens on Capuchin property.
  • Happy Thanksgivukkah (Jill Radsken, Boston Herald, 11.13.13) Josh Lewin shares his menu for Thanksgivukkah, the hybrid holiday of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving that will be on November 28th this year.
  • One Farm Brings a New Meaning to a Fresh Turkey Dinner (Jessica Leicht, WTVY, 11.13.13) Will Harris of White Oak Pastures discusses the farm’s focus on environmental sustainability when producing grass-fed beef and free range poultry with a spotlight on the 5,000 heritage breed turkeys being raised for this Thanksgiving.
  • Niman Ranch honors Iowans, Minnesotans (Post Bulletin, 11.14.13) Niman Ranch honored farmers who raise their hogs traditionally with a gourmet meal provided by celebrity chefs who, according to Paul Wills, “have shown a commitment to using humanely and sustainably raised pork in their restaurants.”
  • Sam Monsour on Leaving jm Curley and What’s to Come (Drew Starr, Eater Boston, 11.15.13) Sam Monsour discusses his future plans, which include a burger cookbook that Monsour hopes will inspire people to follow a more sustainable path when choosing to eat a burger.
  • Maine’s aquaculture industry bouncing back (David Sharp, Kansas City Star, 11.16.13) Sebastian Belle of the Maine Aquaculture Association says that the aquaculture industry is in better shape now due to new salmon aquaculture practices and a greater variety of aquaculture offerings.
  • Merriman’s earns gold for Kauai restaurants (Dennis Fujimoto, The Garden Island, 11.17.13) Merriman’s Fish House earned the Gold Award for the Best Kauai Restaurant, with chef Peter Merriman receiving acknowledgement for his commitment to using locally sourced ingredients in order to have fresh and tasty food and to support the island’s healthy agricultural practices and economy.

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Cooking Forward: Summit News Round Up

It’s hard to believe that just one week ago, we’d just wrapped up our 5th National Sustainable Food Summit. It happened so quickly (and we’re already planning for next year! More on that soon…). We were blown away by the energy of everyone present, and also pumped to see so much discussion of #ChefSummit13 on Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s a round-up of some of the news coverage from the media, partners, and attendees:

The Post and Courier

IMG_20131105_085433On the morning of November 5, as Summit attendees filled the Colonial Ballroom at the Francis Marion Hotel, we opened the newspaper, The Post and Courier, to find the Chefs Collaborative Summit on the front page! Complete with a photo of Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress (see left).

This was one of the highlights for me. Monday, November 4 was a long day. We woke up on Tuesday morning knowing that folks would be tired, perhaps they stayed out late with new and old friends, and we had to step it up to make sure Tuesday matched Monday’s electric energy.

Thankfully, the Post and Courier article helped us get off on the right foot (as did the fantastic panel with Kim Severson, Sean brock, and Michael Ruhlman). It was very energizing to see the Summit and our community on the front page of the local paper as we drank our coffee and fueled up for the final hours of the conference.

Q&A With the Master of Fermentation

During the Summit, Jed Portman of Garden & Gun sat down with fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz to talk fermentation. Sandor led a breakout session, fielding questions left and right from attendees, and also a full-group session, Cultural Ferment, with Rowan Jacobsen. You can read the whole Q&A with Garden & Gun here. We’ll be posting our sessions with Sandor in the coming weeks.

Maverick Southern Kitchens

Maverick Southern Kitchens works with Chef Frank Lee (one of the finalists for the Southeast Sustainer Award), and also the store Charleston Cooks! (who generously sold books at the conference). Shortly after the Summit, they posted about a dozen wonderful photos and a round-up of their experience. Click here to peruse them all! Below are two of my favorites:

Glenn Roberts (Anson Mills) accepts his Pathfinder Award, and custom Anolon pan

Glenn Roberts (Anson Mills) accepts his Pathfinder Award, and custom Anolon pan

Chefs Collaborative Reception at the South Carolina Aquarium. We were serving up delicious samples of our Lowcountry Silverside Mullet Gumbo with Ambrose Farm Okra & Bentons Bacon served with Carolina Gold Rice & Field Peas

Chef John Zucker of Cru Cafe served up a smoked lamb from American Lamb Board. Chef Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill prepared a range of Lowcountry side dishes

Eating Charleston: a trip down to the Chef’s Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit

Keane of Food Stoned wrote up a great blog about his experience at the Summit. Here’s a key excerpt:

Lamb Pastrami (FoodStoned)

Lamb Pastrami (Food Stoned)

“I recently had the opportunity to travel to Charleston, SC, a city that’s being heralded as an up and coming food mecca. I was there to attend the Chef’s Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit, which was unreal. If you’re into food, I cannot recommend enough getting involved with the Chef’s Collaborative. These people are working towards tremendous change and the exchange of ideas, presentations and demonstrations put forth were motivating to say the least. Among the speakers were celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Four Fish author Paul Greenberg, members of the Momofuku research and development team, Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman’s (more to come on him in a later post), and many, many others! I’ve never felt more motivated about food in my entire life…”

Talking Trash Fish at the 2013 Sustainable Food Summit

The Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart program published a great post about the Trash Fish panel held on Monday, November 4 with Clare Leschin-Hoar (Writer), Mike Lata (FIG/The Ordinary), Mark Marhefka (Abundant Seafood), PJ Stoops (fishmonger), and Chef Justin Yu (Oxheart Houston).

A key excerpt: 

“Fish and ocean health are obviously critical topics for conversation and there are a lot of different sub-genres of the topic. One of the best talks I had the pleasure of hearing was on the concept of “trash fish”…

When line fishing, either long line or basic hook and line, there’s often incidental bycatch that’s caught, but can still be sold at market. These fish are often slightly less desirable than the target fish, but they still have market value and can be utilized. Then there’s the plethora of species that are caught in bottom trawls. These are the fish that often have no market value or are otherwise inedible and typically die before they’re released back into the water. This is obviously a bigger concern than incidental catches are and the differences need to be noted.

Chef and restaurant owner Mike Lata of the James Beard Award winning restaurant, Fig, also told a very interesting and complex story that really highlights the value of understanding the context of utilizing fish…” Read Mike’s story, and the rest of the post. >>

Did you see another blog or news article? Please send it to me, and we’ll be sure to post it!

Posted by: Alisha Fowler

PDX Trash Fish Makes Headlines

On November 10, chefs Cathy Whims (Nostrana and Oven & Shaker), PJ Yang (Bamboo Sushi), Kelly Myers (Xico), and Kevin Gibson (Evoe) got together in Porltand, OR to host a Trash Fish Dinner at Whims’ Nostrana.

Today, Portland’s OPB radio station featured the dinner:

Wolf Eel (photo credit: Dan Hershman)

Wolf Eel (photo credit: Dan Hershman)

“This is a Wolf Eel. It may not look particularly appealing but some chefs and environmentalists want you to consider eating it. Kelly Myers is the chef at Xico and she says it tastes great — and it’s not even actually an eel. She’s part of the Chefs Collaborative that’s aiming to both expand the American palate and save some vulnerable fish populations.”  Click here to continue reading or listening.

See below for a photo of Chefs Collab Board Member Piper Davis talking with Trash Fish attendees. Thank you chefs for a great supper!

Piper Davis of Grand Central Baking, Chef's Collaborative board member.  Credit: Allison Frost / OPB

Piper Davis of Grand Central Bakery, Chefs Collaborative board member.
Credit: Allison Frost / OPB

Posted by: Alisha Fowler

The 5th Annual Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit Announces 2013 Food Heroes

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The 5th Annual Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit

Announces 2013 Food Heroes

– Chef Rick Bayless named National Sustainer 2013 –

CHARLESTON, SC — (November 4, 2103) Hundreds of chefs and food activists from around the country gathered here this week at the sold-out Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit to connect and share strategies, ideas and practices for transforming our broken food system. The 20 year old nonprofit, whose mission is to make sustainable food choices second nature to chefs everywhere, unveiled its new slogan at the conference:  “Change Menus. Change Minds.”

Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk restaurants, Chef Michael Ruhlman, author of Soul of a Chef and other books, Chef Rick Bayless, cookbook author and co-owner of Frontera Grill and Topolabampo restaurants, and Kim Severson of The New York Times were among many speakers who addressed the theme: Looking Back, Cooking Forward.

“At the end of the day, we all need to stop making excuses, and make the right decisions,” said Brock, when asked by Severson about his commitment to hyper local ingredients for his restaurants. “We [chefs] have the ability to educate a few hundred people a day, and we do that through the power of food.”

Today, Chef Michel Nischan of Wholesome Wave foundation and Dressing Room restaurant in Westport, CT, announced the 2013 Sustainability Awards honorees at a lunchtime ceremony at Lowndes Grove.

For more information about the Sustainability Awards, visit our website: http://www.chefscollaborative.org/sustainable-food-summit/national-summit-2013/2013-sustainability-awards/.

The following heroes in the sustainable food movement were recognized with a Sustainabilty Award honoring  leaders for exemplary work positively transforming our food system:

Chef Rick Bayless, a founding board member of Chefs Collaborative, is the 2013 National Sustainer.

“All that Rick does, from continuing to reinvent his business to the Frontera Farmer Foundation, makes me feel like I’m not doing enough,” said Chef Michael Leviton, of Lumiere and Area Four restaurants in the Boston Area and chair of the Chefs Collaborative Board.

Chef Anne Quatrano, owner of Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, Provisions to go, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Abattoir in Atlanta, is the 2013 Southeast Sustainer for mentoring countless young cooks and communicating a strong sustainability ethic.

Will Harris, president of White Oak Pastures, in Bluffton, GA, is the 2013 Foodshed Champion, for setting the gold standard for humane animal production.

Glenn Roberts, founder and partner of Anson Mills, Columbia, SC, is recipient of the Pathfinder Award for being a singular leader in the movement to restore heritage grains to their rightful place as a centerpiece of our food supply.

“There’s never been a better time to be a chef.  This is a Golden Age for us,” said Ruhlman.

Next year the Collaborative will host its national Sustainable Food Summit in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about Chefs Collaborative and the national Sustainable Food Summit, please visit www.chefscollaborative.org.

Posted by: Alisha Fowler