It was great to see so many of you in Chicago this week for IFT FIRST. (Loved and appreciated all the hugs!)
Stone soup…do you remember that folktale?
This Eastern European tale starts with travelers arriving in a village with not much more than an empty cooking pot. The town folks are unwilling to share any food so the travelers start making stone soup. They fill the pot with water and a large stone, and place it over a fire. A curious villager asks what they are doing. After explaining they are making soup, the travelers suggest to the villagers that the soup could use some garnish to improve flavor. The villager, with hopes in having some of the soup, provides carrots. Another villager walks by, also curious, and decides to add some cabbage. The villagers come together, each adding another ingredient…all types of vegetables, along with meat, milk and butter. When the soup is done, the inedible stone is removed, and the new-formed community comes together over a tasty meal.
That’s what IFT FIRST felt like this year. We were a community coming together to feed each other and the growing population. Congratulations on an expo done well!
It was not that long ago when you sampled prototypes on the IFT expo floor, you needed a spit up. This week most ingredient suppliers showed how they can work together, crossing party lines, so to say, and create bipartisan global food systems charged with feeding the world with nutritious and sustainable foods that also tasted great.