Bell & Basket - Eater: Best of LA at Code Conference, Summer Goals, and Disappearing Fruit

We've been MIA for the past few weeks and have missed you all too. I've been hard at work at my day j
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Bell & Basket - Eater: Best of LA at Code Conference, Summer Goals, and Disappearing Fruit
By Bell & Basket  • Issue #10
We’ve been MIA for the past few weeks and have missed you all too. 
I’ve been hard at work at my day job and am excited to announce that Code Conference is finally over. I booked 13 chefs for the Eater: Best of LA dinner (coverage below), curated the food at the Smorgasburg-like “Night Market” and programmed 10 break-out “Intensive Sessions” that included a Sneaker Design Academy led by Jordan sneaker designer D'Wayne Edwards, a Drone Flying School, powered by Intel, and more. 
And it’s done! Can I get an Amen? Can I get a Hallelujah? We are officially prepping for summer. 
Speaking of summer, I’m laying out a few goals right here, in front of all of you: 
1) Make a successful sourdough starter and bake some awesome bread. 
2) Spatchcock more chicken (I did this for the first time last night, evidence below).
3) Make more homemade ice cream, in lots of fun flavors.
4) After all that bread and ice cream, run more! 
What are your summer goals? Anything I should add to the list? Send recommendations if you need some cooking (or running) company this summer!

Eater: Best of LA, 13 Rock Star Chefs at Code Conference Last Night - Eater LA
No surprise: Howlin’ Ray’s was the longest line.
My first spatchcocked chicken (so crispy, so juicy!)
My first spatchcocked chicken (so crispy, so juicy!)
Did you know that the bananas we eat today are mostly genetically identical? Have you ever thought, “when is banana season?”
The answer is: all year. Until they’re all gone.  
I recently watched a Vice piece on the future of the banana crop, and how the banana we’ve been eating for the last 50 years or so, is likely to disappear very soon. This worries me. Not only because I like bananas in my smoothies, but because as a society, we aren’t learning our lesson. 
Gros Michel bananas were the only bananas we ate from the 1800’s to World War II. That was the banana that Chiquita Banana and the United Fruit Company marketed to American consumers up until the 1940s. It was the banana that shaped the image of all bananas: long, perfectly yellow, and sweet, sweet, sweet. In the early 1950s, Panama disease, a banana fungus, wiped out most commercial Gros Michel banana production across the entire world.
So what did we do? We found another banana that looked just like the Gros Michel (it’s less sweet and less delicious) and planted another monoculture across Latin America. And today, the same disease is rapidly infecting portions of the world’s Cavendish banana crops in Asia and is likely to spell disaster for the monoculture-dependent worldwide banana trade. Bananas are the biggest export of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Belize and the second most valuable export for Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras. 
So what’s the answer to this issue we continue to encounter? Biodiversity. We’ve heard about the dangers of wheat monocultures, corn monocultures, etc. We need to start planting various bananas trees and changing our expectations of how a banana should look and taste, and that we should get to eat bananas all year long. If you want to know more about the banana dilemma, check out the Vice episode on HBO or the Wired piece below. 
Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone | WIRED
The history of coffee gives us surprising insight into the future of the world’s most popular banana.
And if that banana story didn’t upset you enough–check out The New York Times piece on this year’s peach crop. It’s a different issue–more related to climate change than monocultures, but important nonetheless. 
We may have to find a peach cobbler substitute this summer… 
The South Faces a Summer With Fewer Peaches - The New York Times
Production in Georgia might be a quarter of what it was in 2016
The Met, Sunday afternoon
The Met, Sunday afternoon
Found frame
Found frame
Dog in frame
Dog in frame
Frame and construction
Frame and construction
Went to The Met on Sunday afternoon and got inspired by Irving Penn. Found a frame on my way home. A quick play of shapes and composition in these images. Frame within a frame. Dog portrait. A blank canvas. 
Hope you enjoy and have a great week!
Colin Berg Photography - Brooklyn New York based Photographer - Food,
Beverage, Still Life
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