Mon, Jan 15 2018

Mindful Eating Health Equity Conference,

Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
7 Sponsors Confirmed
Blacks In Goverment (BIG)
Arch Street Press

  • About the event

    BCA Global and Blacks in Government (BIG) Create Health and Food Justice Conference Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community - January 15th 2018 (MLK Day) in Atlanta GA
    Supported and sponsored by Aetna, Marriott, I-Lead and Hobart/ITW the Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community (MEBC) conference to be held at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA marks the launch of a nationwide initiative to provide diverse communities with a thoughtful and engaged way to understand nutrition and the external influences that impact how and what we eat. The one-day event includes workshops on mindfulness and food justice, an interactive Mindful Meal and Luncheon prepared by Top National BCA Chef Professionals, presentations from social justice leaders working in health equity, and the official launch of the Mindful Eating for The Beloved Community book, a collection of essays and powerful stories by chefs, nutritionists, and food activists offering strategies to rebuild the connections between diet, culture, faith, the environment, and community. Organized by Chef Alex Askew and published by Arch Street Press, Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community explores the intersection between food and social justice as well as the need to address the patterns of eating that leave us undernourished—physically and spiritually.

    Why should you sponsor?

    In an effort to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech on MLK day this event promotes a clear message of the connection between health, diversity and productivity, profitability and economic empowerment. Aside from the brand promotion and visibility for the company brand at the event the support will directly impact the local and National  community by providing individuals to attend and participate. 

    Alex Askew

    At 14 he received his first job offer as a personal chef through a high school vocational work program and after 6 years of working in a variety of restaurants in and out of New York City decided to attend the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1989.


    With a focus on eating lifestyles and trends in new menu alternatives, he began food research, development, and consulting for companies; General Mills, Hilton Hotels, Aramark Corporation, Specialty Restaurants and a host of private clients.


    While working in restaurants that broadened his experience he became skilled and knowledgeable in different cooking styles as well as cuisines which included Cajun and Creole, Holistic, Latin and American fusion. In 1993 Alex Co-founded the BCAGlobal (formally Black Culinarian Alliance) which dedicates itself to Education, Awareness, and Exposure for young minority students seeking careers within the culinary and hospitality industry.


    Alex has enjoyed guest appearances on Good Morning America, CBS Early Morning Show, and the Food Network. He was a 2001 Doctorate of Foodservice recipient from the North American Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers, a Distinguished Visited Chef (DVC) for Sullivan University, 2011 Business Leader of Year from the Marcella Brown Foundation, in May 2012 received the distinguished New York Institute of Technology Global Leadership Award and served on the American Culinary Federation as Board member Accreditation Commission. In 2014 Alex was Awarded 2014 National Kellogg Fellowship in Leadership and Racial Equity Healing

    With over 25 years in the restaurant and hospitality field Alex continues his use of knowledge and experience as a foundation for further growth and development in the best industry in the world and continues the important social change work for the advancement of people of color in the culinary arts and foodservice industry.


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  • 101-250 attendees expected

    30% Male Attendees

    70% Female Attendees

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