Inspiration: Taste3 Conference in Napa, California

The Taste3 conference is being held in Napa on July 17-19 and it’s going to be an amazing three days. Now in it’s third year, this exciting and engaging conference brings together chefs, artists, writers, winemakers and innovative thinkers to share their stories, inspirations and visions in short-format style presentations. Kind of like TED for epicureans.

Just check out the list of presenters for this year, including Michael Ruhlman, Jennifer 8. Lee, Darra Goldstein and Evan Kleinman. I’m really looking forward to Novella Carpenter, a wildcat urban farmer who raises chickens, turkeys, goats and all sorts of vegetables in the middle of Oakland, California.

If you can’t make the conference, or find the $1950 price tag a little too rich, you can always peruse their archives for video clips from 2007. I’ve already recommended the reggae-inspires-chocolate presentation from Katrina Markoff. But also check out Jeffery Henderson's epic journey from convicted drug dealer to top executive chef.

On a more whimsical note, Dan Barber tells us how meeting a woman on a bus inspired him to create his famous Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant in New York. And anyone who eats depends on the health and well-being of one particular creature: Dennis vanEngelsdorp explains the life of a bee and why we should be concerned (terrified) about Colony Collapse Disorder.

Taste3 is presented by Robert Mondavi Winery and will be held at COPIA in Napa California. Stay tuned for a full report following the conference.

(Image: Taste3)

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.