Ruth Reichl, Rowan Jacobsen, a great host city…we’re excited about how the 2012 Summit is shaping up! We’ll bring you regular updates on the events and speakers as we have them. We’ve just confirmed a couple of event locations and we wanted to share:

We are pleased to be working again with the Bon Appetit Management Company (BAMCO) for our Summit this year. Bon Appetit is the first large-scale food management service company to be committed to the issues of sustainability. From milk to seafood, chocolate to pork, Bon Appetit has continually developed initiatives to bring only the freshest, healthiest food to their clients’ tables and in turn, support small and mid-sized farms, seafood sustainability and the humane treatment of animals.

In that same vein, we can’t think of a more fitting locale to host our welcome reception on September 30 than the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park in the Belltown neighborhood, a few blocks northwest of our hotel.

The Park is a testament to what can happen when people work together to preserve their environment. Through the efforts of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), private donors and The Trust for Public Land, this nine-acre industrial site was transformed into a city green space, bringing together nature, people and art. The innovative design of the park resulted in environmental achievements, including the creation of a Chinook salmon habitat, extensive use of native plantings and the capture and use of rainwater for use throughout the park. The walking paths offer magnificent views of  Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains and feature the work of sculptors such as Alexander Calder, Richard Sierra, Beverly Pepper, and Louise Bourgeois.

On Tuesday October 2, we will return to the Seattle Art Museum, but this time, at the main campus in downtown Seattle within walking distance of Pike Place Market and the Puget Sound. Recently renovated and expanded, the light-filled galleries are filled with fine and decorative art from around the world. The collections are grouped to celebrate and bridge cultures across time and place – porcelain from Asia and Europe is juxtaposed with Northwest Coast Native American art; early American art is seen in context with art from Africa.

During our Awards Ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, we’ll be inspired by the museum as well as by the city itself. We’ll have an all-star lineup of Seattle chefs cooking for our closing meal together. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay tuned for more updates.