Food Tank Summit: The Food Movement Is Growing (and Winning)! NYC Food Tank Summit and Gala. 80+ Speakers and Performers.


This Food Tank Summit and Gala brings together 80 speakers and performers including major CEOs, disruptors, changemakers, activists, policymakers, and leaders from startups, media organizations, large companies, and nonprofits who are leading the shift in how food businesses look at sustainability. Held in collaboration with New York University-Steinhardt and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.

November 1st-2nd

80+ Speakers and Performers

***Hurry, this event will sell out!***

Summit Day 1 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

11:45 AM (Doors Open) 12:30 PM–5:30 PM (Program)


WELCOME: Danielle Nierenberg (President, Food Tank)



“Cultivating the New Food Movement”

MODERATOR: Roberto Ferdman (Correspondent, VICE News)

Sam Kass (President Barack Obama’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Executive Director for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign)

Haile Thomas (President, The HAPPY Org)



“A New Era for Whole Foods”

MODERATOR: Beth Kowitt (Senior Editor, Fortune)

A.C. Gallo (President, Whole Foods)



“Can Business Do Good?”

MODERATOR: Jane Black (Writer, The Washington Post, The New York Times, more)

Brigette Wolf (Head of SnackFutures Innovation, Mondelēz International)

Claire Benjamin DiMattina (Senior Director U.S. Public Affairs, McDonald’s)

Karl Deily (SVP & Chief Commercial Officer, Sealed Air)

Jyoti Stephens (Vice President of Mission and Strategy, Nature’s Path)



“A Roadmap for Small and Big Together.”

Moderator: Danielle Nierenberg (President, Food Tank)

Jim Perdue (Chairman, Perdue Farms)

Paul Willis (Founder, Niman Ranch)



“Creating Environmentally, Economically, and Socially Sustainable Food Businesses”

MODERATOR: Julia Moskin (Food Writer, The New York Times)

Liz Neumark (CEO, Great Performances)

Linda Findley Kozlowski (CEO, Blue Apron)

Britt Lundgren (Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield Farm)

James Rogers (CEO, Apeel Sciences)

Chris Daugherty (Global Head of Agriculture, PepsiCo)



Break snacks curated by Great Performances and coffee provided by Think Coffee



“Farming While Black: A Conversation with Leah Penniman”

MODERATOR: Tamar Haspel (Columnist, The Washington Post)

Leah Penniman (Founder, Soul Fire Farm)



“Growing Better Food Policy”

MODERATOR: Florence Fabricant (Food and Wine Writer, The New York Times)

Marion Nestle (Best-Selling Author, New York University Steinhardt School)

Adriano Espaillat (Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives)

Tom Colicchio (American restaurateur and celebrity chef on Bravo TV’s Top Chef)



“Putting Farmers in the Drivers Seat of Food System Change”

MODERATOR: Jocelyn Zuckerman (Food Journalist)

Noah M. M. Nasiali (Farmer and Founder, Africa Farmers Club)

Karen Washington (Farmer and Founder, Rise & Root Farm)

Brad Greenway (Farmer and Past Chairman, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance)



“A Conversation with Mark Bittman”

MODERATOR: Deena Shanker (Food journalist, Bloomberg)

Mark Bittman (Author of How to Cook Everything and editor-in-chief of Heated)



“What’s the Future of Food?”

MODERATOR: Gabriella Gershenson (Columnist, The Wall Street Journal)

Kimbal Musk (Chef, restaurateur, and philanthropist)


CLOSING PERFORMANCE: Jen Chapin (WhyHunger activist and widely acclaimed musician)


Food Tank Reception and Gala Dinner (SOLD OUT!)

NOTE: VIP Ticket Holders Only

@ Rosenthal Pavilion (Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY)

5:45 PM – 10:00 PM




Hors D’oeuvres incorporating school garden produce from Harlem Grown, Green Bronx Machine, and Teens for Food Justice. Musical Performance from Andrei Matorin and his band.




At the reception and dinner you will be joined by nearly all the Summit speakers, featuring a six-course dinner curated by Great Performances by select rising-star female chefs from each of New York City’s five boroughs.

Just added: a surprise bonus course by Chef Dan Barber (Chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns)!


“Announcing Food Tank’s Garjana.”

MODERATED BY: Danielle Nierenberg (President, Food Tank)

Rocky Dawuni (Grammy-nominated afro roots music star and humanitarian activist)

Mia Yoo (Creative Director, La Mama)

David Peterson (Linguist, HBO’s Game of Thrones)

Jeff Solomon (Co-Writer Garjana)

Stephen Bailey (HBO Documentary Filmmaker)


Interactive Performance, choreographed by Angel Kaba, of “Come Sun” (in Garjanese, “Haya Zhan”)

Rocky Dawuni (Grammy-nominated afro roots music star and humanitarian activist)

Ashley Brown (Broadway star, originating the title role in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway)

Sondazha (An island girl from the Planet Garjana)


“A Fireside Conversation with Ron Ben-Israel”

Moderator: Tamar E Adler (Author, Host of Food Actually and Contributing Editor of Vogue)

Ron Ben-Israel (Israeli pastry chef and star Food Network’s Cake Wars)

Food Tank Summit



Breakfast (included) curated by Great Performances starting at 8:30AM.

Location: New York University Pless Hall (82 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003)

Program at the LOEWE THEATRE (35 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012)

9:00 AM (Doors Open). 9:30 AM – 3 PM (Program)


WELCOME: Danielle Nierenberg (President, Food Tank)



“All Five NYC Borough Presidents Discuss Food Policy”

MODERATOR: Chloe Sorvino (Staff Writer, Forbes)

Eric L. Adams (Brooklyn Borough President)

Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President)

James Steven Oddo (Staten Island Borough President)

Rubén Díaz Jr. (Bronx Borough President)



“A Conversation About NYC Food Policy”

Moderator: Diane Brady (Writer, Author, and BBC Contributor)

Alessandra Biaggi (New York State Senator, 34th District)

Marcos A. Crespo (NYC Assembly Member)

Rafael Espinal (Member, New York City Council)

Ben Kallos (Member, New York City Council)



“Sustainability at the Center of Food Business”

MODERATOR: Tim Carman (Food reporter, The Washington Post)

Michiel Bakker (Director, Global Workplace Services Programs, Google)

Amy Keister (Senior Vice President of Sustainability & Retail Solutions, Compass Group)

Shayna Harris (Chief Growth Officer, Farmer’s Fridge)

Jean De Barrau (Regenerative Agriculture Director, Danone)

Mary Jane Melendez (Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer at General Mills; President, General Mills Foundation).



“A Conversation with Dr. Mark Hyman”

MODERATOR: Lucy Biggers (Sustainability Journalist, NowThis)

Dr. Mark Hyman (Host, The Doctor’s Farmacy)


[with special thanks to Farmers Fridge and ‘Witchcraft!]



“A Conversation with Dan Barber”

MODERATOR: Jeff Gordinier (Food & Drinks Editor, Esquire)

Dan Barber (Chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns)


“Philanthropy for a Better Food Future”

MODERATOR: Bryan Walsh (Author, Currently Editor of OneZero for Medium, Former Foreign Editor for Time Magazine)

Devon Klatell (Managing Director, Food, The Rockefeller Foundation)



“How to Tell the Story of Food”

MODERATOR: Corby Kummer (The Atlantic)

Anna Mulé (Executive Director, Slow Food USA)

Sam Fromartz (Editor, Food and Environment Reporting Network)

Joe Fassler (Editor, The New Food Economy)

Alyshia Gálvez (Author, Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico)

Lisa Held (Food and Agriculture Journalist and Host, The Farm Report)



“A New Vision for Food Education and Distribution”

MODERATOR: Tiffany Stecker (Reporter, Bloomberg)

Abhi Ramesh (Founder & CEO, Misfits Market)

Lela May Klein (Founder, Greater Dayton Union Co-Op Initiative)

Marcel Van Ooyen (CEO, GrowNYC)



“A Conversation with a Very Special Surprise Guest!”

MODERATOR: Bianca Bosker (American food journalist and bestselling author)



Food Tank Reception and Gala Dinner

A Night Celebrating the Performing Arts and Food Movements – 5:30 PM–9:00 PM

Rosenthal Pavilion (Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012)

A five-course dinner in partnership with Great Performances Catering. Each course will be prepared by a rising-star chef from each of New York City’s five boroughs. All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages donated by local vineyards, distilleries, and breweries are included. Appetizers feature ingredients grown by elementary school garden projects. There will be performances and talks from Jen Chapin, WhyHunger activist and widely acclaimed musician; Ron Ben-Israel, Israeli pastry chef and star Food Network’s Cake Wars; and many more. The event will also feature the worldwide debut of new songs from Food Tank’s upcoming interactive off-Broadway original musical about climate change called “Garjana,” with songs written and performed live by Rocky Dawuni, Grammy-nominated afro roots music star and humanitarian activist, along with five surprise guest Broadway stars including Mamma Mia’s Monica Kapoor.

EARLY BIRD PRICING: General Admission Tickets (Summit November 1 and 2nd) — SOLD OUT

FULL PRICE: General Admission Tickets (Summit November 1 and 2nd) — SOLD OUT

Food Tank Summit general admission tickets include access (first come first serve GA seating) to all venues and events for both day of the Food Tank Summit (more than 70 speakers and performers) along with light snacks/coffee on November 1st as well as breakfast and lunch on November 2nd (breakfast provided by Great Performances, coffee by Think Coffee, and lunch donated by Tom Colicchio and ‘Wichcraft).

VIP Tickets (VIP Access Summit, Reception and Gala Dinner): SOLD OUT

Includes all the benefits of a general admission ticket plus VIP access to the Food Tank Summit (guaranteed front of the house reserved seating all venues), and is the only way to get exclusive access to the Food Tank Summit Reception and Dinner. At the reception and dinner you will be joined by nearly all the Summit speakers, featuring a five-course dinner by select rising-star chefs from each of New York City’s five boroughs, incredible speakers, Broadway stars at nearly every table, and featuring a worldwide debut performance of Food Tank’s new interactive off-Broadway original musical about climate change called “Garjana,” with songs written and performed live by Rocky Dawuni, Grammy-nominated afro roots music star and humanitarian activist. Food Tank is a 501C3 non-profit and a large percentage of your VIP ticket is tax-deductible.


This event will sell out quickly (we have a giant waitlist every year so please do not wait to purchase tickets). More speakers will keep being added to feel free to keep checking back. Limited full and partial general admission scholarships available. Please fill out the application form here: For related questions, please contact Press passes can be requested by emailing Bernard at NYU faculty and students can request complimentary tickets (limited number) by emailing Jane at Hunter faculty and students, as well as high school teachers, can request their tickets by emailing Alexina at


Food Tank is building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We aim to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change. We spotlight and support environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.


Nov 01 - 02 2019


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