We’re still pinching ourselves over the fact that veritable food god, Mario Batali (he of the orange Crocs, world-renowned restaurants and slew of top-rated TV shows), has taken such an active role in Taste Talks. He may not boast the fancy title of curator, but he’s been utterly instrumental in both programming and promotion since the beginning, appearing at each official announcement, recruiting participants from his vast Rolodex of famous friends, moderating his own fascinating panels, and even hosting a number of events this year at the Chicago outpost of his sprawling Italian emporium, Eataly.
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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.