Taste, sip, learn: Farm to Table Experience

What: A three-day event, with tastings, talks, hands-on workshops, receptions and meals sponsored by the National Farm to Table Alliance, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the New Orleans Convention Center, which promotes sustainable local farms, food safety as well as supports communication between home cooks, brewers and wine makers as well as chefs and other food professionals and policy makers.

Where: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

When: Aug. 18-20.

Ticket price: Half-day registration is $49, full-day $79, two-day $129 and full conference $169. Separate tickets are required for the food and drinks events: The Garden & Glass reception on Aug. 18, $69; the bistro lunches each day, $29; the Lunch & Learn session, Aug. 19 and 20, $49; and the Chefs Taste Challenge Dinner on Aug. 19, start at $129.

F2T website


To register: For all events, except the Chefs Tasting Challenge, visit f2texperience.com, call 504.582.3072 or send an email to info@f2te.com. To register for the Chefs Tasting Challenge, visit chefstastechallenge.com.



Farm to Fable – San Diego Magazine – July 2015 – San Diego, California

well. This article linked below is a shot over the bow to those using the farm to table purely as marketing, and in some cases, using farmers names without having a regular relationship with them. The lack of clarity as to what Farm To Table means is one issue that local activists should shoulder; it should not be a single definition globally, but the rules for level of transparency in that process should be the same everywhere.

Farm to Fable – San Diego Magazine – July 2015 – San Diego, California.

Has farm-to-table helped the actual farmer yet? – LA Times

The solution for rural economies and small-scale agriculture is not to DIY everything but to build a multifaceted, participatory food system of fully employed food producers, not hobbyists.

Great piece but make sure that you also read the comments attached to see how many people have either “campaign fatigue” about local food or are attached to that trope about how local food can’t feed the world. My comment on there attempts to address that.
Has farm-to-table helped the actual farmer yet? – LA Times.

Call for Papers for 2015 Farm to Table International Symposium


Call for Papers

  Farm to Table International (F2Ti), a three-day, multi-track symposium on the policy and practice of food and drink, is currently accepting papers for its 3rd annual program, taking place August 8-10, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. It takes place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.

This year’s theme, “A Feast for the Senses,” spotlights the sensual aspects of food and drink at every stage of the agricultural-culinary cycle. Topics will include, but are not limited to, best practices in urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, enhancing sustainability, and the latest trends and developments in the industry, including food science, security, and safety.

Proposals for educational sessions should correspond to the current theme, “A Feast for the Senses,” and should be designed to fit one of the following educational tracks:

•    Crop to Cup (Brewing, Distilling, Vinting, plus non-alcoholic beverages)
•    Farming and Production
•    Food and Beverage Journalism and Media
•    Farm to School
•    Food Innovation (Science, Technology, Trends, etc.)

Interested presenters should refer to the conference website at www.F2T-int.com for additional information regarding submission requirements as well as the consideration and selection process.

The deadline for submitting presentations for review is February 20, 2015. Presentations for the F2Ti program will be selected by the Farm to Table International Executive Advisory Council.

F2Ti is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and the LSU AgCenter.

10 Things I Hate: Chris Hastings

From Food Republic:

Life is filled with wonderful things and terrible things. During interviews, however, we pretty much only get to hear about the wonderful things. Ten Things I Hate is a chance for people in the food world to get things off their chest. We ask them what they hate, they give us a list. Next up: Birmingham chef Chris Hastings.

10 Things I Hate: Chris Hastings | Food Republic.