Culinary Breeding Network : Variety Showcase

For the third year in a row The Culinary Breeding Network is bringing together farmers, seed breeders and chefs to taste and talk about the depth of vegetable varieties, crops and flavor. And our own Jason French will be there with tomatoes! You're invited to play a vital role in improving the quality of what farmers grow and how it tastes and learn a few things about seeds and heirloom varietals.

The VARIETY SHOWCASE is an interactive mixer to build community and increase collaboration between plant breeders, farmers and eaters. We promise you a unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable and grain cultivars, share opinions and break down the walls between eaters and breeders. 


Matthew Dillon, Clif Bar and Seed Matters
Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, Clif Bar & Organic Valley Chair in Plant Breeding for Organic Agriculture


Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin
Julie Dawson and Kitt Healy, University of Wisconsin
Pat Hayes, Oregon State University
Alex Stone, Oregon State University
Colin Curwen-McAdams, Washington State University
Jim Myers, Oregon State University
Phil Simon, USDA-ARS Madison, Wisconsin
John Hart, EarthWork Seeds, formerly USDA-ARS
Frank Morton, Wild Garden Seed
Brian Campbell and Eric Budzynski, Uprising Seeds
Andrew Still and Sarah Kleeger, Adaptive Seeds
Alice Doyle, Log House Plants
Anthony and Carol Boutard, Ayers Creek Farm
Anne Berblinger, Gales Meadow Farm
Nathan Kleinman, Experimental Farm Network
Laurie McKenzie and Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance


Andrew Mace, Han Oak
Ben Meyer, Old Salt Marketplace
Chris Starkus, Urban Farmer
David Gunawan, Farmers Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)
Dev Patel, Tom Douglas Restaurants (Seattle, WA)
Dillon Debauche, Little T Baker
Erica Jennings, Uprising Seeds (Bellingham, WA)
Eric Joppie, Bar Avignon
Gabe Rosen, Biwa
Jaret Foster, Tournant
Jason French, Ned Ludd
Jonny Hunter, Underground Food Collective (Madison, WI)
Joshua McFadden, Ava Genes
Karl Holl, Let Um Eat
Kelly Myers, Xico
Kristen Murray, Maurice
Maya Lovelace, Mae
Mel Darbyshire, Grand Central Baking (Seattle, WA)
Nora Antene, Tusk
Sam Smith, Tusk
Sarah Minnick, Lovely Fifty Fifty
Sarah & Dirk Marshall, Marshalls Haute Sauce
Stacy Givens, The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen
Timothy Wastell, Sweedeedee
Vince Nguyen, Jolie Laide
Will Preisch and Joel Stocks, Holdfast