The Heritage Harvest Festival is delighted to welcome 2019 co-chairs — and longtime friends — Corby Kummer and Alice Waters for an intimate conversation about the future of food.
Kummer is the winner of five James Beard Journalism Awards. He is a senior editor at The Atlantic, writes a monthly food column for The New Republic and is a restaurant critic for Boston Magazine and Atlanta Magazine. A splendid writer with unparalleled knowledge of all-things food, Kummer is also the author of two books: The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food.
Iconic American chef, restaurateur, activist and author, Alice Waters opened the doors to the fabled California Chez Panisse restaurant in 1971. In 1995, she established the Edible Schoolyard Project, with the belief that “we can transform children’s relationship with food if we give them a taste of what’s possible”. Recently, Monticello has partnered with Waters to launch Monticello Farm Table – a farm-to-table, edible learning experience for our guests.
Together, Kummer and Waters will share personal and career highlights and discuss their vision for future of good food: locally grown, sustainably harvested, and available to people around the globe.
Join us. Be in the tent where it happens.
Chef, Author & Food Activist
2019 Festival Co-Chair
Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school.
She has been Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002. She conceived and helped create the Yale Sustainable Food Project in 2003 and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007.
Her honors include election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, the Harvard Medical School’s Global Environmental Citizen Award, which she shared with Kofi Annan in 2008, and her induction into the French Legion of Honor in 2010. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that eating is a political act, and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change.
Waters is the author of sixteen books including her critically acclaimed memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II, and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.
Senior Editor and Food Columnist, The Atlantic
2019 Festival Co-Chair
Corby Kummer’s work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him “a dean among food writers in America.”
Kummer’s 1990 Atlantic series about coffee was heralded by foodies and the general public alike. His book The Joy of Coffee, based on his Atlantic series, was heralded by The New York Times as “the most definitive and engagingly written book on the subject to date.”
Kummer’s book The Pleasures of Slow Food celebrates local artisans who raise and prepare the foods of their regions with the love and expertise that come only with generations of practice.
Kummer was the restaurant critic for New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996 and since 1997 has served as the restaurant critic for Boston Magazine. He is also a frequent food commentator on television and radio. Kummer was educated at Yale and began at The Atlantic in 1981. He is the recipient of five James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.