AIWF: "Farm to Fork: An Agricultural Primer for Foodies"

Join the American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chicago Botanic Garden for a unique symposium exploring the history, factors and forces impacting today’s agricultural choices from an engaging line-up of national experts in nutrition, the environment, legislation, economics and rural development.  It will definitely be food for thought. 


Saturday, October 3rd


Chicago Botanic Garden (map) 

$125 Full Day/ $85 Half Day*

To register, call 847.835.8261 or visit for more information 


For those who are passionate about food, this is an extraordinary opportunity to broaden your view of the issues and how they intertwine to impact our lives. It’s also the perfect chance to meet Chicago chefs renowned for their commitment to sustainability and watch them prepare some of their favorite dishes showcasing local foodstuffs.   


Program Content

Bill Kurtis, President of Kurtis Productions and Founder of Tallgrass Beef, will speak on the history and geography that shaped the food systems in Illinois.

Ann Wright, Senior Agricultural Policy Advisor with the Office of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, will explain the impact of legislation on agricultural systems.

Sandra Batie, Elton R. Smith Professor in Food and Agricultural Policy at Michigan State University, will explore the complex nature of food supply chains.

Richard Manning, award-winning environmental author and journalist, will look at our agricultural footprint in terms of energy, emissions, water and waste.

Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs, will discuss the changing landscape of our rural communities and new opportunities for small farmers.

Neil Levin, Nutrition Education Manager and Product Formulator at NOW Foods, will talk about nutritional differences in organic, conventional and biotech foods. 

After the symposium, join the speakers and chefs for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Rose Garden or take a tour of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.  


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* Join AIWF or the CBG and qualify for the discounted price of $100 Full Day or $60 Half Day