Can Fast Food Work When We Care About What We Eat?
Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Chain restaurants have an indelible hold on the American psyche. Restaurants like McDonald's might seem to be inextricably woven into the fabric of our nation's culinary identity, but a crop of fresh quick-service chain restaurants from high-end, independent-minded restaurateurs like Danny Meyer (Shake Shack) and Jose Andres (Beefsteak) seems hellbent on redefining and elevating the humble chain restaurant. What does it mean when indie, hip food culture becomes mass? Is the next Big Mac an ethically sourced, organically grown veggie bowl? And, is the new crop of chain restaurants really actually doing anything all that new?
Erin DeJesus is Eater's reports editor, managing the site's stories that track where the restaurant industry intersects with public policy, science, technology, and pop culture. Erin joined Eater i...Show the rest
Erin DeJesus is Eater's reports editor, managing the site's stories that track where the restaurant industry intersects with public policy, science, technology, and pop culture. Erin joined Eater in 2010 as editor of Eater PDX, moving to the national site to cover both breaking news and reports. As a New Jersey native, she's passionate about diner fries and can often be found spending too much money on expensive foreign magazines.Hide the rest
José Andrés is an internationally acclaimed chef, culinary innovator, author, educator, and advocate. Named "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation, he is the chef and founder of ThinkFood...Show the rest
José Andrés is an internationally acclaimed chef, culinary innovator, author, educator, and advocate. Named "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation, he is the chef and founder of ThinkFoodGroup and its renowned twenty-three restaurants in DC, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Puerto Rico. A pioneer of introducing the United States to traditional Spanish tapas and avant-garde cuisine, Andrés teaches at Harvard and George Washington Universities, and co-founded and is dean of the Spanish Culinary Arts program at the International Culinary Center. In 2015 he launched Beefsteak: Vegetables Unleashed, a veggie-centric fast casual concept dedicated to bringing market-fresh vegetables to diners in colorful and customizable bowls.
As a committed advocate of food and hunger issues, Andrés was named to TIME magazine’s “Time 100” list of the most influential people in the world, and has addressed audiences at the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Atlantic, and TED. Known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy, he is the founder of World Central Kitchen and chairman emeritus of DC Central Kitchen, a spokesperson of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign, and writes regularly for National Geographic’s food blog The Plate on food policy.