Former Food staff writer Jane Black moderated a panel on food policy reporting, which included Barry Estabrook, author of “Tomatoland,” the righteous indictment of the Florida tomato industry.
Two afternoon panels followed, including a delightful one in which four former and current White House chefs provided insights on what it’s like to cook for the most powerful family on Earth. Former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier was really dishing it; at one point he essentially dismissed the hype around the current White House garden.
“We always produced a certain amount of fresh vegetables at the White House,” he told the group. “This is not new.”
In the meantime, you can catch up with the conference tweets below. (Or if you’re a participant, you can add your voice to the AFJ conversation under the #afjdc hashtag.)