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.
Hope, optimism, great ideas and action. That was the name of the game two and a half weeks ago at the Green Market Exhibition panel discussion entitled “Farm and Food Innovators: Building Sustainable Food Systems and Community Food Security”. Held at the City Hall Annex in Bridgeport, the Exposition was well-attended by green businesses, community leaders and the public.
Four esteemed panelists were brought together to tackle the questions of how we can produce and distribute enough food to feed the people of our communities, our state and ultimately, the planet. The kicker and preference, of course, being that the food be healthy, nutritious, and sustainably grown food.
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
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