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Waste not, want not; Anthony Bourdain attacks food waste in new film, 'Wasted'

Anthony Bourdain - Wasted! Food Waste

Each Friday at 8 am on 88Nine, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture.

On this week’s show, we discussed the new food waste documentary directed by Anthony Bourdain called “Wasted.” We also talked about a Filipino Pop up dinner, and the Great Midwestern Pie Championship.

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Anthony Bourdain's film on food waste

Did you know one-third of the food grown annually for human consumption is never eaten? It just ends of in the garbage. To put in monetary figures, that is $218 billion thrown away each year. American families throw away between $1,365 and $2,275 of food a year.

A new documentary from the chef, and author Anthony Bourdain takes a closer look at the problem of food waste in a new documentary called "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste."  The film comes out this weekend in select theaters and on demand via Amazon, iTunes, etc.

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food.  Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.

If you are interested in learning more the subject and what you can do about food waste, check out these resources.

  1. Steven Satterfield on Fighting Food Waste
  2. Fighting Food Waste with James Beard Foundation Chefs Bootcamp Alums
  3. Amazing Waste: 50 recipes to use food scraps, repurpose leftovers, and reduce food waste
  4. Food Waste on Instagram
  5. ReFed Report on Food Waste

Check out the trailer below.

A Filipino Food Trip (Pop Up Dinner)

On Oct. 23, Bavette and Patis Pop-Up present 'A Filipino Food Trip.'  The dinner will take place at Bavette in the Third Ward.

A five-course dinner will be served with the option to add a wine pairing. The atmosphere is great and filled with people who love food and want to expand their horizons and learn more about the Filipino cuisine. An experienced chef will be preparing the food and explaining throughout the event what each dish entails and some fun knowledge behind each dish.

Get tickets here.

Great Midwestern Pie Championship

On Oct. 14, Honeypie will host its second annual The Great Midwestern Pie Championship held during the BEET STREET Fall Festival hosted by Cactus Club, Palomino Bar, and Goodkind

Bring your best pie game! Enter to win prizes, ribbons and bragging rights. Proceeds from competition will be donated to Growing Power.


  • Best FRUIT Pie – must be in a double crust (top and bottom pastry crust), any fruit may be used
  • Best WISCONSIN INGREDIENT Pie – any kind of pie that features Wisconsin ingredients
  • Best FUN Pie – Anything goes! Think candy bars, potato chips, bratwursts…


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