Local Chef & Owner of Tim The Girl Catering, Tim McDiarmid, will be attending the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Bootcamp for Policy and Change from May 21st to May 23rd in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Bootcamp, a part of the James Beard Foundation’s impact initiatives, is a three-day collaborative effort for chefs to engage the culinary community in the ongoing process of promoting an equitable, sustainable food system that provides nutritious and delicious food for all. Chef McDiarmid will join 14 other chefs from across the country for an educational discourse on the current state of food systems at the local, state, and federal levels. Attendees will learn more about their role in advancing the sustainable food movement and how they can take action to improve the food system in their communities. 

The Bootcamp, now in its 10th year, will focus on education on the expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and support for BIPOC farmers, both issues that will be addressed in the upcoming Farm Bill later this year.

Chef McDiarmid sees this as an opportunity to advocate for her own farm-to-table philosophies and to learn from other chefs and speakers about additional efforts she can bring back to the San Antonio community. A James Beard Fellow for the JBF Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, she feels that her unique position in the San Antonio culinary industry makes her a perfect advocate for this cause and is excited to expand her knowledge about this topic that affects everyone in her local community. 

For more information on all of the impact initiatives from the James Beard Foundation, visit their website here. To check out all of this year’s JBF Bootcamp attendees and learn more about their efforts, visit the James Beard Foundation website here.