There are two kinds of people that make me uncomfortable: the preachy types and the Pollyannas. In this issue devoted to philanthropy in the food world, we’ve tried hard to avoid sounding like either of those stereotypes while sharing some incredible stories about chefs and winemakers who are doing good and trying to change the world. We also wanted to provide so many supremely excellent recipes and wines that you’d love the issue, no matter the context.
Throughout these pages, you’ll discover very different definitions of “world-changing.” F&W’s Ray Isle reports on fantastic Oregon wines made by producers who revere the environment as much as they do enology. Writer Nick Fauchald gives us the lowdown on a web documentary series called The Perennial Plate, produced by a young couple who drive around America to reveal the real meaning of sustainability—even when the truth makes us squirm.
The centerpiece of our issue is a 31-page story, “Star Chefs’ Dream Recipes,” that showcases spectacular dishes from 10 of the country’s biggest food celebrities, all of whom are philanthropist-visionaries. The recipes they gave us are in sync with their missions. For instance, Alice Waters’s squash soup with caramelized fennel, our cover dish, was inspired by her Edible Schoolyard Project at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. A Dan Barber recipe features supersweet carrots, signifying the crucial role farmers play in creating delicious food. Art Smith (with me in the photo above) gave us a chili recipe that would certainly satisfy the children he teaches in his after-school cooking programs.