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As this year’s Farmworker Awareness Week approaches, hundreds of Bon Appétit cafés around the country are preparing to spread the word about how few pennies per pound farmworkers earn for commonly picked produce items, and 20 locations are hosting a screening of the documentary Food Chains.

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S.K. Piper, Midwest Fellow turned sustainability manager at Denison University in Granville, OH, had been wanting to start a buyer’s club to make these products available to the Denison community outside of the cafés. In the fall, her dream was realized, with help from some seniors from Denison’s Environmental Studies program.

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The first Garden community program — with 20 kids from the YMCA and Boys And Girls Club Tenderloin locations — was a huge success … and a lot of fun for the grownups involved, too!

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A group of Bon Appétit employees was happy to hit the road in LA when invited to do so by their Farm to Fork vendor Homeboy Industries, which was participating in the Every Angeleno Counts 5K Run/Walk — a combined effort of more than 2,000 participants.

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My first field trip to a Farm to Fork vendor took place in a brisk 29 degrees, but I couldn’t have hoped for a warmer experience — one that brought many of Bon Appétit’s values to life.

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Cooking and serving a multicourse dinner for a couple hundred people in a space without a kitchen is quite a challenge. How about if those hundreds of people include the CEO of your company and most of the fooderati of Portland, OR, who’ve paid top dollar as part of a fundraiser for the James Beard Public Market (named for “the father of American cooking”), as well as keynote speaker Mark Bittman, a multiple James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and New York Times columnist? High stakes indeed — but a feat that Bon Appétiters from all around Portland magically pulled off without anyone ever guessing how hard it was! Bon Appétit’s ties to the event, called Gather & Taste, extend much deeper than just donating the dinner. The company has partnered with the James Beard Public Market, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization […]