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Sustainability Sessions at the Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference

June 6, 2015 @ 9:30 am - June 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

UMass Dining is hosting the annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference in a couple weeks, and this year we’re adding sustainability pre-conference sessions on June 6-7. Email me for details, or register online at:

Typically offered to chefs and other professionals in foodservice, we are now inviting the general public to experience a deeper side of the New England food system. (Some scholarship funding available – email me for details!) Join us for:

Sutter Meats Butcher Workshop & Tour of Czajkowski Farms

Saturday June 6 9:30am-3pm ($100)

  • Learn the logistics of sourcing local meat and breaking down locally-raised pigs to maximize profit and sustainability (Sutter Meats – Northampton, MA)
  • Tour 300-acre family farm and learn the benefits of strengthening ties to local farmers (Czajkowski Farms – Hadley, MA)
  • Lunch included

Berkshire Brewing Company (Tour & Beer Tasting)

Saturday June 6, 3:30-5pm ($40)

  • Learn the benefits of sourcing beer from a local brewery and discover some culinary techniques to incorporate beer into your menu
  • Sample some of BBC’s finest! (21+ event)

Local Harvest Dinner at UMass University Club

Saturday June 6, 6-8pm ($40)

  • Featuring ingredients from the pre-conference workshops, including Czajkowski produce, Sutter Meats pork, and BBC beer pairings

Permaculture Garden Design & Implementation Workshop

Sunday June 7, 7:45am-12pm ($50)

  • Take part in an intensive permaculture garden design and implementation workshop with practiced designers from the Pioneer Valley
  • Tour the Amherst Permaculture House’s edible “front yarden”
  • Breakfast included

Local, Healthy Menu Design and Dining Halls

Sunday June 7, 8am-12pm

  • Learn best practices for increasing local sourcing while remaining financially viable.
  • Tour the award-winning, LEED Gold Certified Hampshire Dining Commons, UMass Amherst’s testing grounds for serving local cuisine at high volume
  • Breakfast and lunch included


June 6, 2015 @ 9:30 am
June 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
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UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003 United States