Wholesome Wave Benefit, Honoring Jacques Pepin: Our benefit was a celebration of mentorship. We honored Founder & CEO Michel Nischan’s mentors Jacques Pépin and the late Michael Batterberry, raised funds for a C-CAP scholar, and each guest chef brought a sous chef/protégé to share unique hors d’oeuvres before dinner.
Chef’s Pot Luck at Willie Nelson’s Private Ranch: The “Chefs’ Pot LUCK” brought 200 very lucky guests to Willie’s private ranch for an intimate VIP culinary experience. As the kickoff opening night of the annual “Luck Reunion” music event, guests were welcomed to a casual cocktail hour featuring a special musical guest. As the sun set on Luck, guests were seated together at farm tables and served a family-style Texas feast showcasing local, sustainable ingredients prepared by some of our nation’s most talented chefs. Following dinner, guests enjoyed an intimate performance from the host himself, Willie Nelson.
Wholesome Wave Summit 2016: Wholesome Wave’s first annual Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives (January 11-13 in Atlanta) sold out in just a month and convened over 300 leading speakers and attendees. Diverse participants in government, academia, business, health care, agriculture and beyond, from 28 states and D.C.—Arkansas to Minnesota, Kentucky to Illinois—covered a wide range of topics on how nutrition incentives support a sustainable and equitable food system. The summit’s hashtag was also its mission: #fixfood.