Monday, October 3


Hip, Hip Hooray!
We wanted to give a big, fat CONGRATULATIONS to Chef Michael Foust from The Farmhouse for being a finalist in the Chefs Collaborative 2011 Sustainability Awards. Chefs Collaborative is "the leading nonprofit network of chefs that’s changing the sustainable food landscape using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions." You can read more about what they do and their mission here.

There are three awards categories in this annual food summit: Sustainer, Pathfinder, Foodshed Champion. Michael has been nominated for the Sustainer award which "recognizes a chef who has been both a great mentor and is a model to the culinary community through his/her purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and the transformation of these ingredients into delicious food." Twenty-one esteemed judges including chefs Rick Bayless and Michael Leviton and journalist Jane Black will be choosing this year's winners.

Michael says he doesn't know how he was nominated, but is honored to be recognized by his peers. Unfortunately, he will be out of the country during the 3rd Annual Chefs Collaborative National Summit (in New Orleans). Michael will be in Laos getting married (again) and honeymooning with his beautiful bride, Vira, instead. We wish you the best of luck and hope you have a great trip!

You can read Michael's original post on The Employee Lounge here.