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Saturday, March 28 2015

INAUGURAL CHEFS TASTE CHALLENGE SEEKING APPLICATIONS

Calling chefs from all 50 states: apply today for a chance to battle in the inaugural Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC). The Chefs Taste Challenge is currently accepting applications from chefs for this unique event taking place August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Chefs Taste Challenge will feature ten chefs from various geographical regions across the United States who will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from a pantry of seasonal ingredients donated by State Agricultural Departments. Items stocked in the pantry will be representative of ingredients that are in-season in regions across the country at the time of the competition.

Participating chefs’ dishes will be judged by a panel of industry-renowned judges. Confirmed judges so far include Chef Sue Zemanick, the 2014 James Beard award recipient for “Best Chef – South,” Certified Master Chef Brad Barnes of the Culinary Institute of America, and Chef Kevin Belton of the New Orleans School of Cooking, with the top two dishes being selected for Gold and Silver Chefs Taste Challenge awards. A “Fan Favorite” award will also be presented based on voting from dinner attendees. All 10 selected chefs will receive national recognition for their participation in the Chefs Taste Challenge dinner event.

Interested chef participants should refer to the CTC website at chefstastechallenge.com for additional information and rules for the event as well as the consideration and selection process. Applications will only be accepted through online submission. The Farm to Table Executive Advisory Council will review all applications and select those chefs who epitomize the farm to table movement.

The deadline for applications to be submitted online via chefstastechallenge.com  is April 15th, 2015.

The Chefs Taste Challenge is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and the LSU AgCenter. The CTC is held in conjunction with the Farm to Table International Conference, taking place August 8-10, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. For more information on F2Ti, please visit www.f2t-int.com.

DSC_0161The inaugural Chefs Taste Challenge will take place on August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 

Find Chefs Taste Challenge on social media

Website: chefstastechallenge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chefs-Taste-Challenge-1645456089017749/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/F2TChallenge
Instagram: @chefstastechallenge
Hashtag: #CTC15

 

Inaugural “Chefs Taste Challenge” to be Held in New Orleans

 Ten Highly Acclaimed Chefs Battle to Feature Seasonal Ingredients from Across the Country

 Foodies and chefs, take note! A fun, fresh and new national cooking competition and food tasting event will launch this summer, promising to challenge the skills of professional chefs and delight the palates of the most discerning gourmands. The Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC), scheduled for August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, aims to broaden awareness for the use of fresh, healthy, sustainable ingredients in preparing food.

Ten chefs from various geographical regions across the United States will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from a pantry of seasonal ingredients donated by State Agricultural Departments and other donors. Attendees will enjoy tasting portions of each chef’s creation and will vote on a “Fan Favorite.”

The dishes will also be judged by a panel of industry-renowned judges, including Chef Sue Zemanick, the 2014 James Beard award recipient for “Best Chef - South,” Certified Master Chef Brad Barnes of the Culinary Institute of America, and Chef Kevin Belton of the New Orleans School of Cooking. The top two dishes will receive Gold and Silver Chefs Taste Challenge awards, and all 10 selected chefs will receive national recognition for their participation in the Chefs Taste Challenge.

Interested chefs who epitomize the farm to table movement are encouraged to apply.  Please refer to chefstastechallenge.com for additional information, rules, and an online submission form. The deadline for chef applications to be submitted is April 15th, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by the Farm to Table Executive Advisory Council.

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public in May and will be available on the event website at chefstastechallenge.com. Event proceeds will support the Farm to Table International Conference and the SoFAB Institute.

The Chefs Taste Challenge is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in partnership with the SoFAB Institute, Centerplate,  and the LSU AgCenter. The CTC is held in conjunction with the Farm to Table International Conference, taking place August 8-10, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. The CTC and F2Ti take place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event featuring related exhibits and attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.

Website and Social Media Links:
Website: chefstastechallenge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chefs-Taste-Challenge-1645456089017749/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/F2TChallenge
Instagram: @chefstastechallenge
Hashtag: #CTC15

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The inaugural Chefs Taste Challenge will take place on August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 

IDCE #Disastertech Hackathon Announces Virtual Participation, Prizes, Promotional Video, and Additional Judges!

The International Disaster Conference & EXPO (IDCE) announces prizes for the inaugural IDCE #disastertech hackathon, February 7 – 8, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the IDCE #disastertech hackathon seeks to foster the convergence of the disaster and tech communities, driving innovation and opportunity for collaboration. The IDCE #disastertech hackathon is produced in conjunction with CODEMKRS, a locally-owned company that has produced hackathons for South by Southwest Music Festival, Super Bowl XLIII, and the White House’s National Day of Civic Hacking.

Meet Our Sponsor!

A special thanks to our sponsor, LookFar, who helped to make this hackathon possible. LookFar is an idea acceleration company who joins businesses on their journey to bring technology enabled, game changing ideas to market. More information available at www.lookfar.com.

 

Can’t Attend the Hackathon? Join Us Online:

We’ve hit capacity for participation at the hackathon – but don’t worry; you can participate virtually!!! The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responders Group (DHS S&T FRG) will host a webinar for the first 90 minutes as part of its Capacity Building Webinar Series on Saturday, February 7th, at 2pm CST. Participants can register and join, provide input via the online chat, follow along with the #disastertech hashtag, or view the webinar recording at a later time.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit: http://bit.ly/1FakR75

 

Hackathon Prizes:

Hootsuite Labs

Depending on the nature of the winning solution, Hootsuite Labscommits to exploring a potential partnership with the winning solution’s provider. This partnership will extend Hootsuite Labs’ position as

technical and product development mentors, advising the winning solution’s provider on further research, development and testing of their prototype. Upon completion of this research and development, there is potential to have the new product considered for integration within the Hootsuite platform and made available to the disaster response community.

 

National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC)

The NISC will feature the top three winners of the IDCE hackathon in a NISC webinar coordinated and promoted by the NISC at a date to be determined. The top three winning prototypes will also participate and demonstrate their efforts in the webinar to the NISC’s 77 members, including local, state, federal, non-profit, and private sector organizations and agencies. The NISC will also announce and publicize the top three winners of the hackathon on the NISC website (www.nisconsortium.org) and in the NISC’s bi-monthly publication, NISC Notes, which is distributed to more than 2700 stakeholders.

 

Meet Our Two New Judges:

Chief Charles Werner: Chief Werner is a 40 year veteran of the volunteer and career fire rescue service, and presently serves as the fire chief for the City of Charlottesville, VA. He is also a member of the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Virginia Fire Service Council, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Technology Council, on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS, Co-Chair of the National Information Sharing Consortium, Co-Chair of the US Department of Homeland Security and White House Incident Management Information Sharing Sub Committee, and the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group (DHS VSMWG).

 

Ben Cathers: Ben Cathers will replace Sajji Hussain of Hootsuite, and is the Government and Financial Services Senior Solutions Consultant at Hootsuite. He pitches, advises and manages the initial rollout phase in some of Hootsuite’s largest rollouts, including country wide social media rollouts and compliance rollouts for top-tier insurance companies. Ben is a frequent speaker on social media and government and financial services, having presented at the SIFMA Tech conference, multiple BDI Events, Meetups and at the International Trader’s Expo.

 

Check Out Our Promo Video:

Students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts produced both a promotional video and informational video for the hackathon. The promo is available now; it explains the purpose and reasons for the hackathon. The informational video includes input from first responders across the country, members of the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group and Evacuteer.org on the challenges and gaps they experience when using technology in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Both videos will be made available online following the event.

To view the promo video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay4wdJfJpYY&feature=youtu.be

The International Disaster Conference & EXPO unites public and private sector professionals from around the world for discussions regarding policy, lessons learned, best practices, and forward thinking, resulting in the mitigation of loss of life and property when catastrophic events occur.

This year’s educational content will revolve around the theme, “Emergency Management Technology for the Future,” and fit into one of the four educational tracks which include: Resiliency (Emergency Management, Response & Recovery, Business Continuity); Technology & Innovation (Next Generation 911, Social Media, Interoperability); Public Health & Medical; and Animals in Disasters.

This year’s event will include:

  • Keynote addresses from internationally recognized industry leaders and policy makers;
  • Over 30 sessions conducted by leading experts covering the cycle of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery;
  • Networking opportunities
  • Over 100 exhibiting companies and organizations featuring the latest equipment, technology and programs.

Registration is open at: https://reg.internationaldisasterconference.com/2015/registration_form.cfm

A preliminary schedule can be viewed here: http://internationaldisasterconference.com/about-idce/schedule-at-a-glance/

IDCE Social Media Sites:
Website:
http://internationaldisasterconference.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalDisasterConferenceExpo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/idcexpo
IDCE Twitter Hashtag: #IDCE2015
Hackathon Twitter Hashtag: #disastertech
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/IDCENewOrleans
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/International-Disaster-Conference-Expo-3777737

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Calling chefs from all 50 states: apply today for a chance to battle in the inaugural Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC). The Chefs Taste Challenge is currently accepting applications from chefs for this unique event taking place August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Chefs Taste Challenge will feature ten chefs from various geographical regions across the United States who will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from    …Continue Reading


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 Ten Highly Acclaimed Chefs Battle to Feature Seasonal Ingredients from Across the Country

 Foodies and chefs, take note! A fun, fresh and new national cooking competition and food tasting event will launch this summer, promising to challenge the skills of professional chefs and delight the palates of the most discerning gourmands. The Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC), scheduled for August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, aims to broaden awareness    …Continue Reading


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The International Disaster Conference & EXPO (IDCE) announces prizes for the inaugural IDCE #disastertech hackathon, February 7 – 8, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the IDCE #disastertech hackathon seeks to foster the convergence of the disaster and tech communities, driving innovation and opportunity for collaboration. The IDCE #disastertech hackathon is produced in conjunction with CODEMKRS, a locally-owned company that    …Continue Reading


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