The John Winthrop Civic Forum is an annual event hosted by the Coastal Conservation League that aims to inspire local leaders and community members to strive for the best possible solutions to current environmental challenges.
This year’s event highlights the importance of eating local, supporting local farmers, and perfecting local food systems to ensure access to fresh, local food for all members of our community.
This Year’s Speaker
We are thrilled to host Vivian Howard, an award-winning cookbook author, tv personality, chef, and restaurateur. Her first cookbook, Deep Run Roots, is a New York Times bestseller and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by the IACP. She created and stars in public television shows Somewhere South and A Chef’s Life, for which she has won Peabody, Emmy and James Beard awards. Vivian runs the restaurants Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, NC; Benny’s Big Time in Wilmington, NC; Handy & Hot and Lenoir, both in Charleston, SC. In October 2020, Vivian released her second cookbook, This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking. This year, Vivian launched Viv’s Fridge – a network of attendentless, smart-refrigerators stocked with next-level prepared meals from her kitchen at Chef and the Farmer.
Holistic Wellness Activist, Art & Remedies Wellness
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Lowcountry Food Bank
Executive Director, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
General Manager, GrowFood Carolina
Space is limited, so RSVPs are required to attend this event.