a video from TEDxCLE worth watching – and sharing

I have a confession to make. My husband loves Kraft cheese slices and despite my better judgment, I sometimes concede and buy for him. You can’t win every battle (but I do bury the so-called cheese at the bottom of the cart, embarrassed by the purchase).

Most days, we do our best to eat smart. We cook from scratch often, eat out from chefs/farmers we know, eat in season, avoid processed garbage, etc. We all know the drill by now. But those darn cheese slices – that’s one area I haven’t been able to get Jamie to throw in the towel. Until he heard from a much more credible source that his beloved slices actually contain NO REAL CHEESE.

We received tickets to the second annual TEDxCLE event this year, and once again, were blown away by the passion, enthusiasm and visionary minds we listened to. And no surprise here, my favorite discussion was by none other than chef Jonathon Sawyer. Instead of me trying to capture his thoughts and challenges to all of us, take a few minutes and listen for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

And do yourself another favor, make sure you attend TEDxCLE next year. Eric and Hallie do an amazing job organizing this event. There’s something for everyone – it’s most definitely an afternoon well spent that will stick with you, and hopefully, inspire you.


  1. Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Outstanding work there Chef Sawyer.

    Thanks for promoting Michelle.


  2. Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    I was unable to get tickets this year, and was bummed. Eric and Hallie are awesome! Thanks for posting this! Also, it took a long time for me to convince my partner that when it says processed cheese food, that is because it cannot be called cheese-not because cheese is just a part of it.

  3. Matthew
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    A quality presentation that hopefully hits home with people outside the industry. Chef Sawyer really covered his topic well and got the message out to those in attendance. This years event was a huge success. Many thanks to Eric & Hallie.. oh and congrats to you both on your engagement.

  4. Diane Sikorski
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    I didn’t attend TedxCLE and have been waiting to see a video of Chef JS’s talk. Thank you so much for posting it.