Breaking Bread with Farmer Talk at Restaurant High

Co-Owner Dan Simons participated in a panel at “Restaurant High: United Tastes of America” last week in downtown Washington, D.C. He joined hundreds of restaurant leaders, policymakers, investors, and supporters from across the United States to “break bread” at this two-day restaurant summit.

The “Building Successful Relationships with Farmers” panel focused on the challenges and opportunities farmers, chefs, and restaurateurs face in finding ways to work together. They also discussed how the concept of Farm to Fork could be successfully applied to multi-market operations. Simons spoke about working directly with our farmer owners of Farmers Restaurant Group and leveraging these relationships to connect with other family farmers across the U.S. The panel led to an invigorating and informative discussion.

Other panelists included Pamela Hess, Executive Director of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture; Bennett Haynes, Chief of Product at Beefsteak Veggies; and Tucker Pforzheimer, Managing Partner of Martha’s Vineyard Mycological.

Restaurant High hosted a varied curriculum of panels and presentations including real food for everyone, expanding high-quality food across all parts of America, teen and young adults in the work force, food transparency in the age of fake news, and food trends.

Farmers & Distillers hosted an after party following the United Tastes of America Food & Job Mixer.