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Food Day at Living Social, Washington, DC, Oct. 25, 2013.  Photo:  Jay Mallin

Our Food Day 2013 celebration last Thursday evening had 918 F Street abuzz with conversation around “Eating Real” every day. We partnered with Food Day and the Center for Science in the Public Interest and hosted a festive gathering for area food advocates, chefs, policy experts, and academics.

The evening featured two panel discussions. “What’s in our Food” explored how antibiotics affect our health and emphasized the importance of accurate and readable food labels. “Going ‘Glocal’” focused on preparing and serving international cuisine authentically while using local ingredients.

Food Day at Living Social, Washington, DC, Oct. 25, 2013.  Photo:  Jay Mallin

Among attendees were Food Network host and nutritionist Ellie Krieger, Dr. Steven Knapp, president of the George Washington University, and Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Food Day’s executive director. Fun fact: Dr. Jacobson is credited with coining the now familiar phrases “junk food” and “empty calorie.”

In his closing remarks, renowned chef and restaurateur José Andrés reminded spoke about the raw power of food. Quoting famed epicure and gastronome Jean Brillat-Savarin, he noted, “The destiny of nations depend on how they nourish themselves.” It’s inspiration like that that make us want to live out Food Day lessons more than just once a year!

Food Day at Living Social, Washington, DC, Oct. 25, 2013.  Photo:  Jay Mallin

Thank you to our panelists, moderators, attendees, sponsors, and friends at the Center for Science and Public Interest for such an amazing program and incredible night.

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