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FoodLab@LightCity presented by Visit Baltimore, Supporting Sponsor: Wegmans

Saturday, April 21

Acclaimed food advocates and chefs explore the world of food in talks and demonstrations: We’ll look at how it’s grown, accessed, eaten and innovated, and how our attitudes toward what we eat may change the trajectory of society. Immediately following FoodLab is a Baltimore Marketplace by Cureate.

Alison Robicelli, Author

Allison Robicelli is a James Beard nominated food and travel writer, an internationally lauded chef, an occasional television personality, history enthusiast and all around good time. She lives with her husband, two kids and three cats in Pigtown, Baltimore.

Chef Art Smith

Chef Art Smith loves the idea of bringing people together through food. It’s partly what made him the success he is today. He is the executive chef and co-owner of Blue Door Kitchen and Garden, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Homecomin': Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Art Smith has received the culinary profession's highest awards and has cooked for some of the world's most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years. Smith now coordinates and cooks for special events all around the world.  

Chef Dave Thomas, Chef Partner, Ida B’s Table

David Thomas is the Chef Partner of Ida B’s Table. Thomas is a career food professional with more than 25 years of experience. In 2012, Thomas along with his business partners, opened Herb & Soul: a farm to table, local and sustainable restaurant. Herb & Soul won numerous awards, and Thomas went on to be featured on "Tasty Travels," as well as several local television stations. His food and work have been featured in Food & Wine, Style Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Foodservice Monthly, Black Enterprise, and Cuisine Noir.

Chyno “Boy With The Blue Beard” & “The Baltimore Foodie”

Chyno takes on the Baltimore Food scene. As "The Baltimore Foodie" he embarks on finding the best drink and eats in Baltimore and beyond.

Devin Johns

Devin Johns is the social engagement manager for Broad Street Ministry, a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity, fosters and nurtures artistic expression, extends inclusive hospitality and—works for a more just world through civic engagement.

Dominic Nell

Dominic Nell is a farmer and founder of City Weeds and #BeMoreGreen STEM programming, CEO at MyNiche, and director of photography at The Griot’s Eye Program.

Erin Moran, Chief Culture Officer, Union Square Hospitality Group

As USHG’s first-ever Chief Culture Officer, Erin Moran is responsible for strengthening and growing USHG’s culture of Enlightened Hospitality, and overseeing all aspects of the employee experience at USHG. Prior to joining USHG in October 2013, Erin spent nearly a decade at Great Place to Work (United States), a firm that studies and identifies great workplaces and offers human resources consulting services globally.