WSJ Talk: Eating Better, Wasting Less
Just last night, I attended the Wall Street Journal conference Eating Better, Wasting Less: Innovative Ways to Reduce Waste. As a part of Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival, this talk explored the expanding role of food waste through the lens of chefs, innovators, and policy makers. Not only was I excited to hear how these experts approach reducing waste because of my great interest in the topic, but I was also excited to partake in the New York City Wine and Food Festival because of its partnership with the Food Bank of New York City and the No Kid Hungry® campaign (two programs that I will be discussing on the site very soon :)) On both fronts, this event was meant to be!
During the night, we heard from entrepreneur Leah Lizarondo, Southern chef Katie Button, and business partners Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov-- all of whom use their passion for solving food waste in their culinary pursuits. As the restaurant industry is one of the leading causes for food waste, Kate Button shared how her restaurant Nightbell strives to use all parts of their ingredients, while Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov shared how their restaurant Rooster Soup Company uses food waste from their other restaurants and donates all proceeds to feeding hungry people in Philadelphia! To further the conversation, Leah Lizarondo tied everything together by sharing how her app 412 Food Rescue routes leftover produce to those who need it in Pittsburg-- showing the important intersection of food and technology.
This event was a great way to learn more about food waste straight from those who know it best. The audience was left with new realizations and passions for reducing food waste along with a booklet of recipes to help fuel these pursuits. What a delicious way to end a great night! Stay tuned to see one of those recipes here on the site :)