Chefs & Restaurants: Leaders in Community Food Systems Work

Presented by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project as part of our 2017 Community Food Systems Conference

Hosted by Mei Mei  |  Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 1:30-4:30pm |  $50/person lunch included



Advance registration required! 



Irene Li, Mei Mei

Jason Bond, Bondir

Katrina Jazayeri, Juliet

Ellie Tiglao, Olio Culinary Collective

Panel facilitated by Yamila Ruiz, Legal Organizer for ROC Boston



The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project wants to provide a space at our 2017 Community Food Systems Conference to welcome a diverse group of food service workers, restaurateurs, chefs, concerned diners – anyone involved in the restaurant industry – to come together and share what community food systems work means to them.


The 2017 Community Food Systems Conference aims to explore the intersections of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. From December 5 through 7, we will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable food production.

At this December 5th pre-conference forum, “Restaurants & Chefs: Leaders in Community Food Systems,” we’ll come together to think strategically and deeply about restaurant industry inequities and examine how leaders promoting changes in industry practices are influencing community health and the food system at a wider scale.


We believe culinarians and restaurant owners and workers have much to contribute to community food systems work via the themes of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. We encourage attendance and participation from any culinary/food service professionals who would like to stoke the conversation around fairness, racial equity, and social justice in the restaurant industry and the food system at large.

Please plan to share your concerns and also present possible long-term solutions for enhancing community health. The intention is to facilitate collaborations and create new partnerships among new and seasoned advocates for food and social justice. We also encourage forum participants to attend the programming in the following two days (December 6-7) at the Community Food Systems Conference, held at the Boston Park Plaza.

About New Entry Sustainable Farming Project:

New Entry, an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and additional partners, works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers. Our national work aims to create a resilient food system and equitable access to nutritious foods by providing professional development, capacity building and network support to programs that train beginning farmers or those that work to promote their success through activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and consumers of all socio-economic backgrounds.