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Andrew Zimmern to be Keynote Speaker at American Public Gardens Association 2015 Annual Conference

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – May 12, 2015- In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), TV personality and celebrated chef Andrew Zimmern has been invited to serve as keynote speaker for their 2015 Annual Conference held at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency from June 22-26, 2015.

As a world traveler and culinary explorer (who has adopted Minnesota as his home), Andrew Zimmern has re-imagined the travel and food experience for a global audience. For his keynote address, two conference host gardens, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Como Zoo & Conservatory, asked Zimmern to reflect on the essential nature of plants and green places and the influences that shape his worldview, yet beckon him back to Minneapolis-St. Paul. The APGA is delighted to welcome Zimmern as their keynote speaker.

The 2015 APGA Conference, which will be co-hosted by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, will welcome more than 800 people from public gardens across the United States and more than 15 countries worldwide.

“Minneapolis-Saint Paul is honored to host the APGA Conference during its 75th anniversary,” said Edward Schneider, Director of University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  “As one of the Conference Co-Hosts, the Arboretum is pleased to present Andrew Zimmern as a man of many and unusual tastes. Known world-wide as a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef and food writer, Andrew also takes seriously his role as a story-teller of food in culture and community, and food as a social change movement.”

This year’s APGA conference, “Watering Our Roots to Grow Our Communities”, brings garden professionals together to learn, network, celebrate the accomplishments of peers and explore one another’s ‘cultural imprint’ at this weeklong event. 

About the APGA
Founded in 1940, the APGA has evolved to be the premiere association for public garden advocacy, education, innovation, and leadership in North America. With 75 years of commitment to increasing cooperation and awareness among gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 575 institutions located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and 24 other countries. Its members include, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities. The APGA is committed to increased awareness and advancement of public gardens as a force for positive change in communities through leadership, advocacy and innovation. www.publicgardens.org

About Andrew Zimmern
A three-time  James  Beard  Award-winning  TV  personality,  chef,  writer  and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is universally regarded as one of the most versatile and  knowledgeable  personalities  in  the  food  world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel (including Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, Bizarre Foods America and the new Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations), Andrew has explored cultures in more than 150 countries. Motivated by his experiences over the years, Andrew has built a multi-faceted empire that shines the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. He is the founder of two multi-media production companies - Food Works and Intuitive Content.  Food Works oversees all his projects to date including the award winning weekly podcast Go Fork Yourself with Andrew Zimmern and Molly Mogren. The newest venture, Intuitive Content, was established in early 2015 and will create long-format content for cable and network broadcast.

Expanding his global “food-print” in the consumer market, Andrew partnered in 2014 with CHEFS Catalog to design a collection of premium, handcrafted cookware, spices and accessories. Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, a fast casual concept he launched in 2012, reflects his fascination with food history from around the world. The business has since expanded to include a food truck and locations at various sports complexes, including Minnesota’s Target Field and Viking Stadium, and Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Andrew has released three books - The Bizarre Truth, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food and Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods. In addition to his title as contributing editor, Food & Wine also tapped Andrew as a Chef-in-Residence in 2014, and he continues to work with Delta Sky Magazine as a senior editor. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College’s Lewis Institute, sits on the board of directors for Services for the Underserved in New York City, The Taste of the NFL, Foodie Tout, and The National Youth Recovery Foundation, and is an honorary board member and Advisor to the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. In his rare downtime, he relaxes at home in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, son and two uneaten pets.

For more information about the event and speaker visit: http://2015.publicgardens.org/.