Change Food (Sat, 11/12/16): Growing the Good Food Movement

by | Oct 18, 2016

If you’re a part of my Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn network, you might have seen that I announced that my boyfriend and I will be hosting a viewing party of the Change Food live-streaming event “Growing the Good Food Movement” at our apartment in the East Village, New York City, on Saturday, November 12, 2016. As I did for the past two years with the TEDxManhattan events we hosted, I’m opening the invitation to anyone who follows me (or reads this post).


  • Food will be provided (menu still TBD), but you can BYO food or beverages, if you wish.
  • Kids are welcome.
  • We have cats in case you are allergic.
  • This is not a fund-raiser; there is no charge to attend.

The entire event is from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm ET. Since we have a teeny apartment, we are asking everyone to RSVP by Wed, 11/9 for their preferred session(s), noted below, so it doesn’t get too crowded. (I’ll e-mail you our exact address after you’ve replied).

Session 1 (10:30 AM – 1:30 PM)

“The Changing Business of Food” – How we shop, eat and dine is changing. In this session, we’ll explore this change and some of the impacts on our food. Speakers:

  • Bruce Friedrich, The Good Food Institute & New Crop Capital
  • Andrew Ive, FOOD-X (Quickbites)
  • Tera Johnson, Food Finance Institute
  • Eric Kessler, Arabella Advisors
  • Dawn Moncrief, A Well-Fed World
  • Erica Orange, The Future Hunters
  • Paul Willis, Niman Ranch Pork Company (Quickbites)

Session 2 (1:45 – 4:00 PM)

“Business Doing it Right” – As more entrepreneurs enter the marketplace, more companies are looking toward safe, healthy, delicious food. Meet some who are doing it right and are part of the force behind today’s food system change. Speakers:

  • Erika Block, Local Orbit
  • Alain Coumont, Le Pain Quotidien (Quickbites)
  • Adam Eskin, Dig Inn
  • Jason Green, Edenworks
  • Justin Johnson, Sustainable | Kitchens
  • Ashley Koff, Ashley Koff Approved
  • Annalyn Lavey, Square Roots Urban Growers
  • Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue
  • Scott Norton, Sir Kensington’s (Quickbites)
  • Sam Polk, Everytable

Session 3 (4:15 – 6:00pm)

“Real Change Right Now” – There are people you might not know, working on a grassroots level, who are not only growing and providing food, they are bolstering local economies and saving lives. Meet some of them. These are the real rockstars of today. Speakers:

  • Loren Cardeli, A Growing Culture
  • Tessa Edick, FarmOn! Foundation
  • Tony Hillery, Harlem Grown
  • Cary Junior, SouthEast Michigan Producers Association (SEMPA)
  • Ashley Koff, Ashley Koff Approved
  • Angel Rodriguez, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

We look forward to sharing good food and conversation with you!

If you are unable to attend, but would like to learn more about the event or watch on your own, click here to visit the official Change Food website. Please feel free to post comments below about what you thought after watching the event.


I’m Dina R. D’Alessandro, MS, RDN, CDN. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in New York City, and I provide nutrition counseling to women.

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