BILL KURTIS - VETERAN CBS JOURNALIST - TALLGRASS BEEF
Founded in 2005 by broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis, Tallgrass Beef Company is the industry leader in the production of grass-fed, grass-finished beef in the United States. After purchasing his 10,000 acre ranch near the town of Sedan, Kansas, Kurtis was compelled to find a sustainable method of raising cattle that was not only good for the environment, but also the animals themselves and the American food consumer. This was the genesis of Tallgrass Beef Company. Today Tallgrass Beef Company is comprised of a network of family farmers and ranchers across the United States that produce grass-fed, grass-finished cattle according to a strict set of protocols. These stringent standards ensure that food consumers are buying the safest, healthiest, most nutritious beef possible. Tallgrass Beef is a favorite among consumers seeking a healthy, humane source of beef. In addition to being available for purchase by consumers online, Tallgrass Beef became the first grass-fed, grass-finished product served in many of Chicago's finest restaurants, with a roster of clients featuring James Beard Award Winning chefs Rick Bayless (owner of Chicago's Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO restaurants), Charlie Trotter, George Bumbaris and Sarah Stegner. Harry Carays, Praire Grass Café, Frontera Grill, and Topolobombo serve Tallgrass. The brand has expanded to the west coast where Tallgrass Beef is available in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
LARRY LIPSON - COSTA RICA
For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine. His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.
LETICIA MOREINOS SCHWARTZ - HISPANIC COOKBOOK
Celebrity chef and cookbook author, Leticia Moreinos Schwartz. Her recipes demonstrate that there are simple ways to prepare healthy, traditional Hispanic dishes without sacrificing the flavor! She will share some of her favorite diabetes-friendly recipes the whole family can enjoy! Her involvement in the Cuida Tu Diabetes, Cuida Tu Corazón campaign to help Hispanics – who are more affected by diabetes than other ethnic groups – living with type 2 diabetes understand that including small, but important changes in their lifestyle can help them manage their disease.