FOODLAB@LIGHTCITY PRESENTED BY
Saturday, April 8, 2017
IMET Columbus Center, 701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Acclaimed culinary thinkers and chefs explore the world of food – how it’s grown, accessed, eaten and innovated. And how our attitudes toward what we eat may change the trajectory of society. Woodberry Kitchen is providing a wholesome, local, sustainable and delicious lunch to attendees for the same cost it takes to produce the average school cafeteria lunch.
EMCEE: Dionne Joyner-Weems. Born and raised in West Baltimore, Dionne is a proud product of the Baltimore City School system. Graduating from Western High School, she continued her education at Morgan State University with a marketing degree from the Earl Graves School of Business. Dionne turned a non-paid internship, post-college, into success; growing as one of the youngest account executives, managing numerous civically motivated, non-profit accounts. In 2005, Dionne joined Visit Baltimore, where she combined her passion for her city with her talents as a marketer.
Welcome To FoodLab@LightCity
Featuring Al Hutchinson, CEO, Visit Baltimore
The Power Of Food
Featuring Chef Jeff Henderson, Creator, Food Network’s “The Chef Jeff Project” & Host of “Flip My Food”
The Church Pantry: Rethinking Our Institutions As Community Hubs For Food & Commerce
Featuring Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church & Team Leader of Baltimore United for Change
Food Fairness In Urban America: Building Intentional Equality In Our Food System
Featuring Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank
Don’t Yuck My Yum: The Dynamics of Food Shaming, Race & Identity in America
Featuring Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor & Chair of American Studies, Affiliate Faculty Member, Women’s Studies & African American Studies Department, University of Maryland College Park
No Free Lunch
Featuring Spike Gjerde, Chef & Partner of Woodberry Kitchen, James Beard Award-Winner, Local Food Advocate
Creative Collaboration Lunch: Meet Fellow Attendees & Brainstorm Solutions for Our City’s Most Pressing Problems. Lunch provided by Woodberry Kitchen with Taharka Bros. Ice Cream Sampling
Afternoon Session Kick – Off
Featuring Danielle Yarusso, Founder & Creator, Arrow Yoga
Urban Foli Performance
Propelling the Food Economy: Food Incubators, Accelerators & Launch Pads. How Food-Centered Innovation is Changing Economic Opportunity Across the Country
Between Us, Bread & Salt: Understanding Aleppo Through Food
Featuring Antonio Tahhan, Syrian-American Food Blogger, Fulbright Scholar
Building A Community One Plate A Time
Featuring Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur & Author
Top Takeaways & Reflection
FoodLab Twilight Event: Cureate #MadeInBaltimore Food Innovators Happy Hour
The Labs@Light City team will team up with Cureate, which is an online platform that matches food & beverage entrepreneurs with new business opportunities from large businesses, name brands, and institutions. There will be a Food Innovators Happy Hour featuring local vendors in Baltimore. Those 20-25 #MadeinBaltimore chosen vendors will be showcasing their products and goods in a market/fair-like format. There will be various food and drink samples available throughout the Happy Hour and vendors will have an opportunity to sell their goods to those interested. Attendees also enjoy high-energy music and performers throughout the Food Innovators Happy Hour. Note: This event is free and open to the public.
Adam Andersen – Managing Director, New Hope Network
Speaker Topic: Tiny Space Farming In Conversation With Larry Hountz
Adam Andersen is the Managing Director at the New Hope Network. For more than 40 years, New Hope Network has been at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. With solutions for the complete supply chain from manufacturers, retailers/distributors, service providers and ingredient suppliers, the network offers a robust portfolio of content, events, data, research and consultative services. Through its mission to grow healthy markets, the New Hope Network helps businesses identify the people, products, partnerships and trends that create opportunities to grow businesses and bring more health to people.
Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III – Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church & Team Leader of Baltimore United for Change
Speaker Topic: The Church Pantry: Rethinking Our Institutions As Community Hubs For Food & Commerce
Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is the Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore and a Team Leader of Baltimore United for Change – a coalition of activists and grassroots organizations working for social justice. As a clergy-activist, Dr. Brown has demonstrated a deep commitment to a myriad of social justice issues from poverty, to racism, the prison industrial complex, worker’s rights, environmental justice, sexism, food sovereignty and foreign policy. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which links Black Churches and Black Farmers in partnership to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency, food justice and food sovereignty.
Kim Bryden – CEO & Founder of Cureate & Cureate Connect
Speaker Topic: “Making It” In The Hyper-Competitive Food Industry – A Baltimore Food Innovators Panel In Conversation With Will Glass & Evan Lutz
Kim Bryden is the CEO & Founder of Cureate and Cureate Connect. For over 10 years, she has worked in the food and beverage industry from government to Fortune 500 retail management, to foodtech startup. Cureate provides services to emerging food and beverage business owners to assist with their growth and scaling initiatives. They have worked with emerging retail outlets like Glen’s Garden Market; to nationally acclaimed food start-ups such as Beefsteak, a José Andrés concept; to developing and running a year-long educational curriculum for food entrepreneurs called School of Food.
Devita Davison – Interim Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit
Speaker Topic: Propelling The Food Economy: Food Incubators, Accelerators & Launch Pads. How Food-Centered Innovation May Change Economic Opportunity Across The Country In Conversation With Peter DiPrinzio & Deborah Haust
A native of Detroit and daughter of a preacher, Devita lived almost 19 years in New York before moving back to her hometown in 2012. For her, words are not just letters strung together; they are vessels for love and fight, heart ache, wisdom, and profound joy. To say she wears her heart on her sleeve doesn’t feel adequate; whether decrying injustices in the food system or expounding on the beauty of a ripe strawberry in summer, her passion for this work is palpable. With fiery talk, wide-open arms, and an insatiable appetite for reading the latest in food justice and innovation, Devita propels the growth of FoodLab’s programming to address the transforming needs of our members.
Peter DiPrinzio – General Manager, R.House at Seawall Development Corp
Speaker Topic: Propelling The Food Economy – Food Incubators, Accelerators & Launch Pads. How Food-Centered Innovation May Change Economic Opportunity Across The Country In Conversation With Deborah Haust & Devita Davison
Peter DiPrinzio is the General Manager of R. House, a food hall located in Remington. R. House is a launch pad for chefs, with ten kitchens, a pop-up space, and r. bar at the center of it all. Peter is also the co-founder of the Remington Chop – an annual food workshop event – and spent two years working at a Baltimore startup through Venture for America prior to joining Seawall & R. House. He is a New York transplant and a harsh judge of pizza crusts & bagels.
Bill Gilmore – Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
For more than 30 years, Bill Gilmore has played a leadership role in Baltimore’s thriving arts community. As the Chief Executive Officer the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as the city’s arts council, event center and film office, Bill Gilmore oversees a diversity of programs: from BrightStArts Youth Arts Education and Baltimore Mural Program to the grants of the Creative Baltimore Fund and Transformative Art Prize; and from local events such as the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar to the world class festivals of Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival. Bill has played a leading role in the establishment of Baltimore’s three Arts & Entertainment Districts and is an effective advocate for Baltimore artists and arts organizations.
Spike Gjerde – Chef & Partner of Woodberry Kitchen, James Beard Award-Winner
Speaker Topic: No Free Lunch – With The Lunch Woodberry Kitchen Provides FoodLab Attendees As A Starting Point, Spike Will Investigate The Cost Of The Food Baltimoreans Eat, From School Lunchroom To Steakhouse.
Spike Gjerde, a chef, restaurateur, and food entrepreneur based in Baltimore, is committed to supporting and preserving the Mid-Atlantic food system by purchasing solely from the growers, watermen, and food artisans of the region. Spike leads a team of more than 200 across six locations that include Woodberry Kitchen, Artifact Coffee, Bird in Hand, Parts & Labor, Grand Cru and canning operation Woodberry Pantry, plus A Rake’s Progress to open at The LINE DC hotel in Adams Morgan, D.C. In 2015, Spike became the first and only Baltimore chef to bring home the James Beard Foundation’s award for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.”
Will Glass – Proprietor, Taps Fill Station
Speaker Topic: “Making It” In The Hyper-Competitive Food Industry – A Baltimore Food Innovators Panel In Conversation With Kim Bryden & Evan Lutz
Will is a serial entrepreneur in the food and beverage industry with a passion for reducing our carbon footprint. Taps Fill Station is the first of its kind hybrid bar & filling station selling reusable containers for filling and refilling craft products such as beer, wine, coffee and artisanal oils – all on draft. Their goal is to provide free tastes and knowledge on their curated selection, along with the freshest products possible, while giving customers and vendors the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by decreasing post consumer waste.
Phil Han – Owner, Dooby’s Café
Speaker Topic: The Human-Centered Food Business – The Intersection Of Food & Community In Conversation With Aisha Pew, Sean Smeeton, Mike McDevitt, Moderated By Phil Han.
Phil Han, a Baltimore native, is the owner of the Korean-inspired cafe Dooby’s and cocktail bar Sugarvale. He’s been selected a Baltimore Business Journal 40 under 40 as well as a Baltimore Sun 10 people to watch under 30. He’s recently been awarded “Fire in the Belly” for recognizing his hustle in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore”. He can often be spotted with coffee, pork buns, and cookies… a few of his greatest vices. Phil received his BA in Business Management from Babson College and currently resides in Locust Point with his wife Jennifer.
Deborah Haust – Director, City Seeds, A Humanim Social Enterprise
Speaker Topic: Propelling The Food Economy – Food Incubators, Accelerators And Launch Pads. How Food-Centered Innovation May Change Economic Opportunity Across The Country In Conversation With Devita Davison & Peter DiPrinzio.
Deborah is a Canadian native, who has worked in all facets of the food industry in North America and Europe. From aquaculture to consumer goods to food service, to currently launching and running City Seeds in Baltimore. With a soon to open 8,000 sq ft kitchen in East Baltimore, business training program, catering and wholesale services and 3 cafes, Deborah has taken City Seeds from an idea to operations. Her main mission in any business endeavor is to unite sustainable profit with social mission. For that reason, no business for her ever needs to grow efficiently without having a positive impact on others.
Chef Jeff Henderson – Creator of Food Network’s “The Chef Jeff Project” and Host of “Flip My Food”
Speaker Topic: The Power Of Food
Jeff Henderson is an award-winning chef who rose from humble beginnings to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host on the Food Network and the host of Flip My Food and Family Style with Chef Jeff now airing on ZLiving.” He’s also an inspirational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential to audiences across the country. HarperCollins published his New York best-selling memoir Cooked, which landed him on Oprah and Sony Pictures bought the life rights to his book, which is being developed into a motion picture.
Larry Hountz – Founder, City-Hydro
Speaker Topic: Tiny Space Farming In Conversation With Adam Anderson
Larry Hountz founded City-Hydro “The Vertical Farm” along with his wife after a serious car accident left him unable to return to his passion Network Security. Using his knowledge as a chef in his previous profession he knew that the produce that City-Hydro would grow had to be grown in 100% Food-Safe plastics and that the produce had to be delivered living to his clients. Today City-Hydro has over 75 growers worldwide using Larry’s simple five step process and cutting edge equipment to grow Pure micro greens, baby lettuces and herbs. Many top restaurants in Baltimore and around the world are serving their customers these Pure and Delicious Microgreens.
Al Hutchinson – President & CEO, Visit Baltimore
Al Hutchinson joined Visit Baltimore as president and CEO in November 2016. As the chief executive of the city’s official destination development and marketing organization, he is responsible for overseeing the promotion of the Baltimore region as a destination for conventions, meetings, leisure visits, day-trips, group tours and family reunions, in addition to serving as the hospitality industry’s liaison to the business, civic and local community, and demonstrating the impact of tourism on the City and the State.
Dionne Joyner-Weems – Vice President of Marketing
Born and raised in West Baltimore, Dionne is a proud product of the Baltimore City School system. Graduating from Western High School, she continued her education at Morgan State University with a marketing degree from the Earl Graves School of Business. She went on to make her mark in advertising. Dionne turned a non-paid internship, post-college, into success; growing as one of the youngest account executives, managing numerous civically motivated, non-profit accounts. Her clients ranged from the launch of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to the Baltimore Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2005, Dionne joined Visit Baltimore, where she combined her passion for her city with her talents as a marketer.
Evan Lutz – CEO, Hungry Harvest
Speaker Topic: “Making It” In The Hyper-Competitive Food Industry – A Baltimore Food Innovators Panel In Conversation With Kim Bryden & Will Glass
Right after graduating from the University of Maryland, Evan Lutz hit the ground running. He and two other fellow Terrapins co-founded Hungry Harvest, a startup that helps stock food banks and makes sure the area’s most vulnerable residents have food. The Columbia-based company buys surplus produce that doesn’t meet grocery store standards (apples that are too small, peppers and onions that have small marks) and delivers it in boxes to customers. For every box bought, Hungry Harvest donates a meal to a family in need.
Mike McDevitt – Founder and CEO, Terra’s Kitchen
Speaker Topic: The Human-Centered Food Business: The Intersection Of Food & Community In Conversation With Aisha Pew & Sean Smeeton, Moderated By Phil Han.
Mike McDevitt is the founder and chief executive officer of Terra’s Kitchen. He brings more than 15 years of nutrition, technology, industry leadership, marketing expertise and executive management experience to his role with the company. As a husband and a father, Michael is passionate about the power of families connecting around the dinner table. It was this passion that led Mike to create Terra’s Kitchen. Previously, Michael was the founder and CEO of Tandem, a boutique law firm, and CEO of Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED).
Jamie McDonald – Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City
Jamie McDonald is the Founder of Generosity Inc. Jamie’s mission is to spur people to give, act and innovate on behalf of communities, causes and schools. After 16 years as an investment banker, Jamie shifted her personal mission from startups and venture capital to innovation and growth of the generosity economy. She launched Generosity Inc. after the acquisition of GiveCorps, a crowdfunding and peer fundraising platform she founded. GiveCorps was acquired by Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform in 2014. At Generosity Inc, Jamie advises impact-focused CEOs and works on large-scale social movements around the country. In addition to working with causes on technology activation, giving days and fundraising, Jamie is one of six members of the global #GivingTuesday team at the 92nd Street Y, the founders of the movement.
Danielle Nierenberg – President, Food Tank
Speaker Topic: Food Fairness in Urban America: Building Intentional Equality In Our Food System
Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world and innovations in sustainable agriculture. Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.
Aisha Pew – Owner, Dovecote Café
Speaker Topic: The Human-Centered Food Business: The Intersection Of Food & Community In Conversation With Sean Smeeton & Mike McDevitt, Moderated By Phil Han.
Aisha Pew is the co-owner and General Manager of Dovecote Café. Nestled in Reservoir Hill, Dovecote Café is a community based hub and food oasis. Dovecote’s name is meant to evoke a sense of communal nesting. In addition to enjoying the selection of hand crafted food and drinks, customers are meant to sit, stay, and gather at Dovecote Café.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson – Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur & Author
Speaker Topic: Building A Community One Plate A Time
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence. Marcus is the author of several cookbooks including the James Beard Award-Winning The Soul of a New Cuisine and Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Marcus released his New York Times Bestseller and James Beard- wining memoir Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews and his young adult book, Make It Messy. Marcus was the winner on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season Two as well as the second season of Chopped All-Stars.
Sean Smeeton – Taharka Bros. Ice Cream
Speaker Topic: The Human-Centered Food Business: The Intersection Of Food & Community In Conversation With Aisha Pew & Mike Mcdevitt, Moderated By Phil Han.
Sean Smeeton is president of Taharka Bros. Having launched as a Benefit Corp. in 2010, Taharka Brothers is a small batch socially sourced and partisanal producer of ice cream and sorbets made from radical recipes. The Baltimore-based for-profit and for-community social enterprise is managed and operated primarily by college-aged young adults of color. Taharka Bros. uses their award-winning ice creams, sorbets, and business initiatives to party for the right to fight for a better and brighter tomorrow.
Antonio Tahhan – Syrian-American Food Blogger, Fulbright Scholar
Speaker Topic: Between Us, Bread & Salt: Understanding Aleppo Through Food
Born in Venezuela to a Middle Eastern family and growing up in Miami, Tony Tahhan draws inspiration from a variety of cultures. Tony pursued degrees in Math, Economics, and Spanish Literature from Cornell University. As an elective course, he explored food anthropology and became fascinated by its stories, traditions, and taboos. In 2010, Tony was awarded a Fulbright Research grant to Syria, where he studied the midday meal in three contexts: at homes, in restaurants, and in the streets. From cooking to eating, food was a natural vehicle for cultural exchange and one that he continues to explore. From his current home in Baltimore, Tony documents recipes and stories from Aleppo and his many travels, bringing people together online and in person around the love of food.
Psyche Williams-Forson – Associate Professor & Chair of American Studies, Affiliate Faculty Member, Women’s Studies & African American Studies Department, University of Maryland College Park
Speaker Topic: Don’t Yuck My Yum – The Dynamics of Food Shaming, Race, and Identity in America
Psyche Williams-Forson is an Associate Professor and Chair. From 2009 to summer of 2012 she served as Director of Graduate Studies. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s Studies and African American Studies departments and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. Her research and teaching interests include cultural studies, material culture, food, women’s studies, social and cultural history of the U.S. in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her work on material culture and food has been published in her books Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World and the award-winning (American Folklore Society) Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power. In the latter, she examines the complexities of black women’s legacies using food as a form of cultural work.
Danielle Yarusso – Founder & Creator, Arrow Yoga
Founder and creator of Arrow, Dani is the dreamer of the team, and believes nothing is impossible. After graduating with a BS in Anthropology and studying abroad in Thailand for two months, Dani was inspired to continue traveling and empower herself further through the yoga practice. As a competitive dancer, the Baptiste vinyasa practice resonated with her most and she is now known for her creative sequencing and technical transitions. With a strong body awareness and an active self-inquiry, Dani inspires others to live a mindful and balanced life. She aims to create inspiring experiences that empower both her local and global community to live the life they desire.
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