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JWU Charlotte to Host Future of Bread Summit


3/16/17 | This May 22-23, world-renowned experts on bread — including bakers, historians, scholars and millers — will convene at JWU Charlotte for a two-day symposium on the future of bread.

Curating the event is JWU Charlotte Chef on Assignment Peter Reinhart, James Beard Award-winning author of more than 10 books, including “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice,” “American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza,” and more.

Notes Reinhart, “My goal is to provide a collegial environment in which to explore a very controversial, yet beloved, subject. We’ll hear about consumer trends, advances in technology and technique, and socioeconomic factors that are shaping the business of bread, both now and in the future. The format will be similar to a TED Conference in that the presentations will be short and succinct, allowing ample time for interaction and discussion.”

To achieve this, Reinhart has invited a who’s who of the bread world to participate as speakers, including:

  • Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery + 2017 James Beard Award-nominated Tartine Manufactory
  • Francisco Migoya from Food Lab and co-author of “Modernist Bread” (May 2017)
  • Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills
  • William Rubel, noted author and bread historian
  • Tom Gumpel, director of Bread Innovation for Panera
  • Dr. Anne Madden, NC State microbiologist
  • and many other distinguished professionals

Note that the final schedule of guest speakers is still being finalized.

Puratos, one of the world’s largest suppliers of ingredients to bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers, is the symposium’s presenting sponsor. Notes David Deblauwe, the company’s regional product manager for flavors and sourdoughs: “Since we believe that ‘the future of bread lies in its past,’ we’re happy to be ... part of this important conversation on the history, art and innovation of bread.”

Topics covered will include:

  • “The Vision Behind the Creation of Tartine Manufactory” (Chad Robertson + documentary filmmaker JD McLelland in conversation with moderator Peter Reinhart)
  • “The Future of Bread Lies in its Past” (Stefan Cappelle of Puratos)
  • “Perfect Acre, Perfect Bread” (Glenn Roberts)
  • “Insights from ‘Modernist Bread’: New Discoveries in the World of Bread Science” (Francisco Migoya)
  • “Savoring the Flavors of Bread,” followed by a bread + beer pairing (Michael Kalanty)
  • “Bread: A Short History that Separates the Wheat from the Chaff” (William Rubel)
  • “Home Milling: The Future for Local Grains, Millers, and Consumers” (Wolfgang Mock)
  • “The Bread Houses Network: Community Building, Therapy, and Social Entrepreneurship Through Bread Making” Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova + Stefan Grigorova

Tickets are $130 and can be purchased via the below link. The event will be held at JWU Charlotte’s Hance Auditorium.

Follow @JWUBreadSymposium on Instagram for updates on speakers, topics + registration info. Join the conversation using the hashtag #JWUBread.


Topics: Charlotte