I do not do many activities outside of the agriculture circle. When asked if I would be the farmer/rancher/feed yard owner representative to talk with the personal chefs about the beef industry with Daren Williams from NCBA, of course I said yes. We had an insightful discussion about how beef is raised, the nutritional value of beef, and how the beef industry is helping the environment. It was so wonderful to meet these members of the beef community. As I was preparing for this conference I began to realize the close ties beef producers have with chefs. I hadn't really thought of the close links between the two groups. We share the same consumers, that have the same questions and concerns about our product. I feel proud to have this group of people out there that take a product that we have so much pride in as producers and use their talents to prepare a piece of beef that people enjoy eating with their friends and family. I feel like I should send a thank you to a chef.
As we were preparing to go to lunch for burgers. We had the opportunity to meet a famous chef from the Food Network, Mary Beth Albright. http://www.marybethalbright.com/
The flight home on US Airways was a little challenging. I starved the fear of flying independently as the flight was delayed three times. They finally loaded us at around 6PM, even though we were supposed to leave at 4:20PM.
They then realized we were missing one of our 50 passengers. They went looking for her and retrieved the 90 year old woman from a plane going to Tallahassee. When they loaded her she was confused and sweaty, but found her seat quickly. I was thinking great it is now 6:30, lets fly.
|I was thinking if Jake was with me he would say this truck is awesome, we need one for the feed yard.|
We finally left around 7:30PM. I then got lost leaving the airport and was fortunate to circle through the airport twice looking for 576 west, because I live west of Pittsburgh. I now know you have to take 576 east and I still don't know why - but that's okay. I feel accomplished because I faced another fear of traveling alone and have a funny story to tell. Even better I was able to share a story of raising beef for beef lovers. It was a terrific adventure to Washington DC and a privilege to meet all of the personal chefs. Thank you for the opportunity!!