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Cooking up a social impact

More chefs are getting actively involved in issues facing the industry – from supporting small farms and reducing food waste to raising wages and giving back to the communities that support them.  We sat down with Harvest Summit advisory board member Chef Dustin Valette of Valette restaurant to get his take given he’s expanding his mark on the culinary scene in Northern California with the creation of The Matheson and Roof 106. What led you to expand? Our new location, The Matheson, was created as a place for our community and visitors alike to come together and share in the…

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What problem do you want to solve?

It’s a question we should ask ourselves and ask our children instead of asking what do you want to be when you grow up.   Educating the next generation of leaders requires new innovative approaches and as the school year draws to a close we reached out to Jaime Casap, the education evangelist at Google who spoke at Harvest Summit last year, to catch up and hear what’s new and next.   Let’s start with a lighting round: What did you want to be when you grew up? Movie Director And now the question we should be asking, what problem…

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Becoming Thoughtfully Ruthless with Val Wright

Join Val at Harvest Summit this October, read about the Harvest Summit experience and apply to attend here. We are thrilled to welcome Val Wright back to our Harvest Council for our second annual Harvest Summit.  Val is a card carrying member of the #harvestsummit community, a leading innovation expert, and one of only 64 experts inducted into Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame.  With her unique mix of passions, from leadership consulting to writing (she is the author of Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth) to speaking she embodies the cross pollination spirit of Harvest Summit. Val left a successful career at…

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Belden Barns: Wine, Farming & Innovation

INTERESTED IN JOINING US THIS NOVEMBER?  NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHO WILL BE THERE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS.   Sonoma County is home to many weekend warriors who enjoy the farm fresh food, bucolic landscape, relaxed style, cycling, rugged coast, artist culture and fine wines. Aside from owning second homes, a growing number of weekend warriors are drawn to the vineyards and become winegrowers. A brave few set out to make their own wines and create experiences. Nate and Lauren Belden did just that. In 2004, while still toiling away at his city job, Nate spent…

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