Culinary Diplomacy Lecture with Lauren B. Bernstein

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States
Chef Bobby Flay serves American barbeque at a working dinner between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China in Rancho Mirage, California. Image courtesy U.S. Department of State

Chef Bobby Flay serves American barbeque at a working dinner between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China in Rancho Mirage, California. Image courtesy U.S. Department of State

Plating up Diplomacy: The Role Food Can Play in Bridging Cultures | Lauren Bernstein

2016 Contemporary Issues in Food & Drink Lecture Series presented by Domino Foods, Inc.

The Diplomatic Culinary Partnership is a relatively new program of the U.S. Department of State, recognizing the place of food in sharing the culture of the United States of America with the world. Come to SoFAB to hear Lauren Bernstein, attorney and the Director of the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, discuss its history, how it is developing, and the policy matters it covers. Learn about the program and how it shares the culture of America around the world.

The evening will begin with a brief reception, followed by the lecture at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited! RSVP below or call 504-267-7490 to secure your seat.

This is the 7th annual Contemporary Issues in Food & Drink Lecture Series presented by Domino Foods, Inc. Thanks to Domino Foods, Inc. for their continued support of this important and informative lecture series.

About the Speaker

Lauren Bernstein is the Director of the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership program in the Office of the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State.  The program is in partnership with the James Beard Foundation and strives to foster cross-cultural relationships through food.  Working with talented chefs from across the country, Lauren programs members of the American Chef Corps in various kinds of public diplomacy efforts both at home and abroad.  Lauren also develops all program events, from panel discussions to large-scale events.  In her role as Protocol Officer, Lauren manages high level events for the Secretary of State, ranging from small dinners and breakfasts to receptions for several hundred guests.  Before coming to the U.S. Department of State, Lauren previously worked as an attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  Over the last ten years, she has worked closely with D.C. youth and community based programs throughout the city.  Lauren is from the Metropolitan area and lives in the District of Columbia.