The Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture is a policy institute focused on supporting, developing, and promoting substantive strategies using agile solutions and practical approaches to foster a food system beneficial to producers, consumers, and the environment. Through legal research and policy analysis, Culinaria Center reviews and addresses a wide range of local, national, and global food policy topics and issues and seeks solutions in support of a food system that is integral to improved health outcomes, sustainable environmental goals, and real community development. On the whole, the Culinaria Center encourages, cultivates, and serves as a platform for the civil exchange of ideas and exploration of disparate ways of thinking about the world of food and drink.
- Culinaria Center Research Fellows study the policy and practice of food, water, and alcohol law to advance smart solutions and improve the modern food system.
- Culinaria Issues is an e-published peer-reviewed monograph series of articles on food related law, policy, and associated cultural issues absent the delays common to traditional academic journals.
- The CULINARIA Query & Lecture Series is a nationwide discussion on topics of particular currency and interest to food growers, producers, business-owners, and consumers.
Taken together, the Culinaria Center’s programs and publications involve all manner of contributors, among them academics, chefs, journalists, policymakers, and participants in the entire food system, from growers of raw ingredient to makers of finished product. It reaches out across the country and beyond to ensure that the National Food & Beverage Foundation's scope extends well beyond a collection of buildings.
Director Liz Williams shares her thoughts about Culinary Diplomacy and gets us ready for the lecture from Lauren Bernstein, Director of the Office of Diplomatic Culinary Partnership at the U.S. Department of State.
The Culinaria Query of 2014 focused on the question: Can We Re-Set the Family Table?
This panel explored the issue of obesity, sponsored by the Food Studies Program at the New School for Public Engagement in collaboration with in collaboration with the SoFAB Institute as a part of the Culinaria Query and Lecture Series.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Louisiana’s incarceration rate ranks #1 in the nation per capita at 816 per 100,000 residents. While there are many issues that convicted felons face when leaving prison, there is one surprising restriction that Pepper Bowen explores in this article.
Pepper Bowen explores the connections between food insecurity, poverty, and crime in this food policy blog post.
Pepper Bown, Director of Culinaria, digs into the debates surrounding the SNAP program, exploring why and how people use food stamps and how others think they should.
Latest Culinaria Issues
Read the fifth issue of SoFAB's food policy monograph Culinaria here. Pat Morin explores the implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. Image from carolinafarmstewards.org
Photo from Flickr User Mariam. Culinaria Issue 4 is now up!
Read the third issue of SoFAB's food policy monograph Culinaria here.