Food + Enterprise 2014: One Day Gathering

fbf-wheel 2014Join us on Friday, April 25, 2014 for Food + Enterprise, a day-long program dedicated to promoting understanding and collaboration amongst multiple stakeholders — Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Funders and Investors — who aim to accelerate change in the local food system.  Food + Enterprise is presented as part of Food Book Fair at The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Av, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Wythe Hotel ExteriorSchedule for Food + Enterprise:

9:30 am -12:30 pm –  Entrepreneur Clinic: Speed Consulting + Mentoring

Entrepreneurs meet Consultants and Service Professionals in several 20+-minute speed sessions. Successful food entrepreneurs provide structured Mentoring in “Ask Me Anything” Discussions. See List of Coaches + Mentors.  Networking opportunities as well and light breakfast served. Main Event Hall, Ground Fl. 

Wythe Hotel Dining ROom12:30 – 2:00 pm – Foodshed Focus Group Lunch – Private – By Invitation Only

A focus group of 45 Entrepreneurs, Foundations, Consultants & Investors dine together, enjoying the acclaimed local specialties of Reynard and discussing how more effective collaboration could help accelerate change in the food system.  Private Dining Room, Cellar Level.

2:00 – 3:30 pm – Anatomy of a Deal: Sustainable Foodshed Finance: Panel Discussion

What will it take to fund change in the local food system? Not just money alone.

This expert panel highlights potential new models to aggregate diverse funding sources that may accelerate change in the local food system.

We feature a local food entrepreneur who has received support from Consultants who helped unlock access to mission-aligned, creative and collaborative financing.

Central to this Case Study will be analyzing how Entrepreneurs should plan to address Three “E” Returns on Investment — Equitable, Environmental and Economic.    Co-presented with Sustainable Practice Network. Screening Room, Cellar Level.  BUY TICKETS.

Wythe Hotel Screening Room3:30 – 5:30 pm – Pitch Competition: Food Fight

Food companies are the rock stars of today’s urban culture.  And, food companies may help revitalize local economies.

Here are the ten outstanding local food companies that will be presenting their plans:

  1. Radicle Farm Company –  Christopher Washington – Hydroponic Urban Farms Distributing “Live” Greens Grown in Newark & Orange, NJ.
  2. The Splendid Spoon – Nicole Chaszar – Soupery Making Fresh Soups with Local Farm Ingredients.  Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
  3. Amrita Health Foods – Arshad Bahl – Plant-Based Energy Bar Free From 8 Major Allergens Made with Local Ingredients.  Harstdale, NY.
  4. Provenance Meals – Caroll Lee – Organic, gluten-free prepared meal delivery service. Brooklyn, NY.
  5. Enlightenment Wines – Artisanal Wines Produced for NY Fruits and Honey. Clintondale, NY.
  6. Kriemhild Dairy Farms – Lindsey Jakubowski – Premium NY Grassfed Dairy Products, including signature “Meadow Butter.” Hamilton NY
  7. El Poblano Farm – Gudelio Garcia with Erica Dorn – Urban Farm located in Staten Island, NY.
  8. Field Goods – Subscription service delivering local produce weekly in Hudson Valley. Athens, NY
  9. Cissé Trading Co – Diana Lovett – Baking Mixes Using Fair Trade Cocoa Processed Locally in Mamaroneck, NY
  10. The Fresh Connection – Mark Jaffe – NYC Fresh Food & Farm Product Distribution Service.  Brooklyn, NY

Come see growth stage food enterprises dish it out — vying for “shelf space” and “market share” — as they present their dynamic business plans before a panel of experts in sustainable food markets, business and finance. Think Shark Tank for Sustainable Foodies. Winner receives $500 Cash Honorarium from Chipotle. Screening Room, Cellar Level. BUY TICKETS.

Expert Judges:

  • Taylor Erkkinen, Owner, The Brooklyn Kitchen
  • Elly Truesdell, NE Regional Local Forager, Whole Foods Market
  • Michael Hurwitz, Director, Greenmarkets
  • Liz Neumark, Serial Food Entrepreneur, Founder of Great Performances Catering, Katchkie Farm, Sylvia Center & Delaware North Corp (Operator of The Plaza Hotel).
  • Jon Zeltsman, President, Down to Earth Markets
  • Emilie Baltz, (Moderator), Founder, Baltz Works Food Design

Entrepreneurs may apply until March 28, 2014APPLICATION LINK

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5:30 – 7:00 pm – Community Learning Reception – Invitation Only

This unique Community Learning brings together 30 participants on a Sensing Journey using “Presencing” techniques facilitated by an expert convener Aley Kent.  Most existing education paradigms rely on learning from the past, while most of real leadership challenges letting go of the past in order to learn from emerging future possibilities. The exercise is aimed at creating collaborative interaction that may better bring about accelerated change in the NYC food system. Energizing snacks and beverages will keep the party going until our parting Sparkling Local Wine Tasting and Toasting! Main Event Space.

For more information about Food + Enterprise, please contact

For more information about Food Book Fair, please contact

Slow Money NYC is partnering on Food + Enterprise with Grow NYC, NRDC, Community Food Funders, AcciónUSA, Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders and Sustainable Practice Network.  Tickets are available for events on April 26th and 27th at Thanks!