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Bite Silicon Valley Takes on the Future of Food

“Three hippies in Berkeley talking about how bad GMOs are isn’t going to change the conversation.”

José Andrés

José Andrés

 

It’s a theme of numerous conferences, but nary a food festival has been dedicated to the topic of food’s future. That’s going to change on June 5, when the three-day Bite Silicon Valley comes to Levi’s Stadium. The festival, taglined “Where food and technology meet,” has corralled a stable of celebrity chefs—including José Andrés, Michael Voltaggio, Roy Choi, and Tom Colicchio—to take part in a series of panels addressing current conundrums like GMOs, food waste, and the challenge of feeding nine billion people.

“By incorporating celebrity chefs, we’re hoping to amplify the conversation,” says festival organizer Caryl Chinn. “Three hippies in Berkeley talking about how bad GMOs are isn’t going to change the conversation.” In addition to talk and cooking demos, there will, of course, be food, with a grand tasting that showcases morsels from the likes of Belcampo Meat Co., Atelier Crenn, Spruce, and Delfina.

And while food festivals are notoriously wasteful, Chinn says that Bite will make full use of the LEED-certified stadium’s recycling program and will salvage uneaten food in partnership with Santa Clara’s Second Harvest food bank. Tickets from $149.

 

Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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