Apr 8, 2018

The Huntington, Huntington Hospitality, LA Kitchen, and Chefs Collaborative invite you to “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” with a screening of this documentary, a post-film panel with local chefs, and a reception featuring local restaurants.

“Wasted!” the documentary…

If a documentary about global food waste and its remedies doesn’t sound mouthwatering, think again, for this is a rousing good story of mind-boggling foodie innovations, high-tech initiatives pioneering in Europe and Asia, and unusual gastronomic delights that include a British beer brewed from stale bread and more than 50 varieties of designer pork from happy Japanese pigs fed on diets of specially targeted food waste. The film’s executive producer, chef Anthony Bourdain, a leader in creative solutions to a worldwide dilemma that encompasses everything from agricultural overrun to home kitchen scraps, joins a coterie of chefs and food critics including Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura, to provide a shocking, enlightening, and entertaining look at the problem and an abundance of innovative solutions.
Siskel Film Center


Anthony Bourdain.


As the film states, in the United States, 40% of the food we use goes to waste. Bourdain comments, “As a young cook, I came up in an old school system: use everything, waste nothing.”

Other tidbits from “Wasted!”:

“Food production is the single biggest cause of deforestation: water extraction, biodiversity loss.”

“More and more people are concerned about climate change and one of the biggest contributors to green house gases is the food that they’re throwing away.”


“We are literally taking food out of the mouths of the hungry and sending food waste to landfills.”

“We celebrate nose to tail for an animal, but rarely for a farm.”

We don’t need to produce more, we need to act different.”

“Tackling food waste doesn’t need to be depressing; it can be delicious.”



Chefs Neal Fraser of Redbird, Nyesha Arrington of Native (as in “eat native LA”), and Michael Cimarusti of Providence participate in a panel discussion following the documentary screening, and Preux and Proper (downtown Los Angeles) is one of many restaurants to be found at the reception, which features restaurants “devoted to combating waste through their menu choices.”


Chef Michael Cimarusti.


Chef Nyesha Arrington.


Chef Neal Fraser.


Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Sunday, April 22nd, 1-6 p.m.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; screening begins at 1 p.m.
The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino 91108
Cost: $95 ($99.32 with service fee)
Register online at Brown Paper Tickets here
For more info, visit the event listing on Facebook
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LA Kitchen promotes itself as…

(Partnering) with regional farmers and produce suppliers to purchase or recover fresh fruits and vegetables, and transforms it into nutritious snacks and meals that strengthen the community. L.A. Kitchen’s job training program prepares unemployed individuals, particularly youth aging out of foster care and older adults exiting the prison system, to build careers in the culinary industry. The meals prepared by staff, students, and an army of volunteers will be distributed to area social service agencies, concentrating on programs that support our aging population.

Other participating organizations statements:

Huntington Hospitality is a special event company curated by Bon Appétit Management Company, whose mission is to educate consumers, institutional purchasers, and chefs about how their food choices affect the global environment, local economies, and the quantity and quality of healthy food, now and for future generations, and to inspire them to make change. More information about our waste initiatives can be found at

Chefs Collaborative is a national nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system.


Photo credit: Chefs Collaborative.





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