FYI a letter from Chefs Collaborative Network Coordinator , Rob Booz, sent out this past Tuesday
(please share with anyone you think may be interested)
I hope this email finds you enjoying your summer. This past winter Chefs Collaborative undertook a new approach to fostering sustainability within specific communities. As an organization we're committed to establishing what we are calling Chefs Collaborative "Locals" in specific geographic areas. The thinking behind this is that every location has its own community of forward thinking food professionals grappling with issues of sourcing and sustainability. In Rhode Island, for example Chefs Collaborative is helping chefs to increase their access to fresh, locally raised meat. In the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Maine, we are working to improve access to fresh fish that doesn't have to travel through so many different hands from boat to kitchen. Because we think these "Locals" work best when they're self defined, we rely on leaders from within the community.
With this in mind, we are pleased to introduce Chef Richard Garcia of 606 Congress and the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel as our "Local" leader. Rich has committed to Chefs Collaborative, and to the greater Boston community of food professionals, some of his time and resources to try help to steer us all towards a more sustainable, productive, and delicious future.
We would be thrilled if you would join us on Monday, August 22 at 10:30AM for an informal meeting to help establish what are the successes and challenges to running a sustainable, locally sourced kitchen in the greater Boston area so that we can help the group go about solving these challenges. We want you to have the power to shape the future of food in the area so please join us at the Renaissance Hotel for this important planning meeting and help bring a unified direction in solving the problems you are having and enforcing the successes.
If you can attend, and we hope you can, please RSVP no later than the 20th of August directly to me. We look forward to seeing you and hearing what you have to say.
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
617 236 5258 (direct line)
617 236 5272 (fax)