Climate Friendly Cuisine:
Food Service Guidance and Best Practices for a Healthy Planet


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Keynote speaker—Chef Traci Des Jardins
A California native of a small central valley agricultural community, Traci Des Jardins has been a part of the San Francisco food community for over 22 years and has opened many great San Francisco restaurants including Jardinière, Mijita, Public House, The Commissary, Arguello and her newest addition, School Night. Traci is the culinary advisor to Impossible Foods which launched the Impossible Burger in the summer of 2016 and won an Acterra Business Environmental Award in 2017. The Impossible Burger is a revolutionary plant based meat.

A dedicated philanthropist, Traci sat on the board of the local non-profit La Cocina for many years, and has been a longtime supporter of the farm to table movement and sustainability. Known as one of the top female chefs in the country, Des Jardins is a two-time James Beard award-winner and has earned a number of industry accolades throughout her career.

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Panel: "Chew-sing" the Right Ingredients 

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Panel Host: Gwyneth Borden – A lifelong lover of food being the granddaughter of farmers, Gwyneth joined the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) as the Executive Director in February 2014. Prior to coming onboard, Gwyneth spent 10 years at IBM as the Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. Gwyneth is also a Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Commissioner, San Francisco Parking Authority, ... read more

Panel: Meet the Plant-forward Diet

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Panel Host: Bonnie Azab Powell – Bonnie is the director of communications for Bon Appétit Management Company, winner of the 2016 Acterra Award for Sustainability. Before joining Bon Appétit, she was the food editor of the environmental newsmagazine Grist, deputy editor of Edible San Francisco, and cofounder of one of the very first food-politics blogs, The Ethicurean (she still Tweets as @ethicurean).

Panel: The End of Food Waste


Panel Host: Anna Bohbot (Zulaica) – Anna is the Bay Area Food and Beverage Program Manager at LinkedIn in Silicon Valley, where she manages multiple food service locations serving a population of over 5,000 employees.  Prior to this position, Anna was chef at another Silicon Valley company and founded and ran her own catering business. Throughout her career, she has taught workshops and courses on healthy cooking and eating. Her recipes have been published in and she has co-authored several books.  Read more...

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