10/07/2011 12:47 pm ET | Updated Dec 07, 2011

James Beard Foundation Food Conference: How Money And Media Influence The Way America Eats

On October 12 and October 13, 2011, the James Beard Foundation will livestream its second annual food conference, Sustainability on the Table: How Money and Media Influence the Way America Eats, co-hosted by Good Housekeeping. The conference boasts a wide variety of food professionals, ranging from chef Marcus Samuelsson to sustainable fish guru Paul Greenberg, and the dialogue should certainly be worth throwing on your headphones and listening at your work computer.

On Wednesday evening, there will be an awards reception honoring 10 food sustainability pioneers. Honorees include Michelle Obama and Alice Waters.

To watch the livestream next week, head over to the James Beard Food Conference website. The full schedule for the conference is here, below are a few sessions not-to-be-missed sessions:

Wednesday, October 12

10:00 Eating Us Up: Food, Pop Culture, and the Role of Media in the American Diet
Fabio Parasecoli, author of Bite Me!: Food & Pop Culture; Associate Professor of Food Studies, The New School

10:45am Expert Perspectives on Media and Food Panel
Moderator and Food Policy Expert Marion Nestle, Senior Vice President and Group Campaign Director for the Ad Council Heidi Arthur, Senior Vice President of Program Planning/Special Production of the Food Network Bruce Seidel, Senior Editor of Leslie Hatfield, and Publisher of Edible Publications Brian Halweil

3:55pm Cooking Under Pressure: A Chef’s Perspective on Sustainability
Moderation and James Beard Foundation Vice President Mitchell Davis, chefs Jose Andres (Think Food Group), Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Anne Quatrano (Baccanalia) and Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster)

Thursday, October 13

4:00pm Ocean Craft: Issues on the Screen and in the Kitchen
Mitchell Davis, Director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi David Gelb, Chef Laurent Gras, Sushi Zen Chef Toshio Suzuki