John Turenne, chef/owner of Sustainable Food Systems, entered the café where we agreed to meet for his interview dressed in a white chef jacket and black chef pants, fresh from a day at Burr Elementary School in Fairfield. He has become a bit of a celebrity in town since arriving a few weeks ago to work with Fairfield Public Schools’ food service staff on a limited school lunch makeover.
I don’t remember how many years it’s been, possibly six or seven, since I first met Chef John Turenne. Along with a rather large group of passionate parent advocates pushing hard for reform in Fairfield Public Schools’ cafeterias, I listened with awe as he and the headmaster of The Unquowa School shared the steps involved in transitioning the school to a sustainable lunch program. We only hoped that one day our school system would hire him and his business, Sustainable Food Systems, to work with staff, parents and students to implement a similar program.
Food Day is being celebrated across the country on Monday, Oct 24. Over 1,800 grassroots events have been planned to celebrate the day, including more than 25 in Connecticut. Think of Food Day as Earth Day for Food. It’s a … Read more
In Celebration of Fairfield Green Food Guide & Slow Food Metro North Present: Overcoming Obstacles to Improving School Food With Nationally Recognized Experts Amy Kalafa and John Turenne Join nationally recognized experts Amy Kalafa, author of Lunch Wars: How to … Read more
A beautiful new magazine called Sustainable Connecticut has launched. This special preview in the April issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine (CTC&G) profiles local leaders of the sustainable food movement who are inspiring all of us to change. They are … Read more
CT NOFA will celebrate its 10th Annual TASTE! Organic Connecticut festival on September 19th at Manchester Community College, Great Path Road, Manchester, CT from 10 am to 4pm. This year’s TASTE will highlight local and organic food as always but … Read more
June 20, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Teresa Mucci CT NOFA Event Coordinator Email: Teresa@ctnofa.org Phone: 203-888-5146 CONNECTICUT NOFA CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNUAL TASTE! ORGANIC FESTIVAL CT NOFA will celebrate its 10th Annual TASTE! Organic Connecticut festival on September 19th … Read more