8.18.2016

The Farm to Table Experience, Day 1 Recapped

Hello all!  As you may have read about yesterday, today I attended the first day of the Farm to Table Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  And honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Overall, today the event felt empty.  This year the conference is not taking place in conjunction with the Louisiana Foodservice and Hospitality Expo, meaning that there's no grand exhibition to wander through when things get dull.  And the event itself was both small and too spread out, making it feel sparse and bare.  It has moved from its previous home in Hall J all the way to Hall A, meaning that there is no longer a tiered auditorium for the larger sessions.  The new setup feels... less official, maybe?

More important though, the day was lackluster in content.  None of the sessions really grabbed me.  (If you're interested in what I saw, check out the twitter hashtag #f2te16.  Very few other people were tweeting, so you'll mostly just see me!) 

All that said, I am quite excited for several of the sessions scheduled for tomorrow, including the plenary opening session on food waste; a talk with Baylen Linnekin about his upcoming book Biting the Hand that Feeds Us and the ideas therein about smaller, smarter governance of food; the ReThink Food Justice Collective's talk on decolonizing food; and the Tropical Foodways talk and kitchen demonstration with chef Dana Honn of our beloved Carmo.  Follow along on twitter if you dare!

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