Food Tank Summit: The Food Movement is 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 and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.

November 1st-2nd

80+ Speakers and Performers

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

Confirmed Speakers Include (listed alphabetically)

Eric L. Adams (Brooklyn Borough President)
Michael Anthony (Executive Chef, Gramercy Tavern)
Kobla Asamoah (Hot Bread Kitchen)
Dan Barber (chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns)
Ron Ben-Israel (Israeli pastry chef and star Food Network’s Cake Wars)
Alessandra Biaggi (New York State Senator, 34th District)
Lucy Biggers (Sustainability Journalist, NowThis)
Mark Bittman (Author of How to Cook Everything and editor-in-chief of Heated)
Jane Black (Columnist, The Washington Post)
Diane Brady (Food journalist, formerly Bloomberg)
Kate Brashares (Executive Director, Edible Schoolyard NYC)
David Michael Burtka (Broadway star, American actor and professional chef)
Bianca Bosker (an American food journalist and bestselling author)
Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President)
Andrew Carter (Co-Founder, Smallhold)
Jen Chapin (WhyHunger activist and widely acclaimed musician)
Tom Colicchio (American restaurateur and celebrity chef on Bravo TV’s Top Chef)
Marcos A. Crespo (NYC Assembly Member)
Rocky Dawuni (Grammy-nominated afro roots music star and humanitarian activist)
Jean De Barrau (Regenerative Agriculture Director, Danone)
Karl Deily (SVP & Chief Commercial Officer, Sealed Air)
Curt Ellis (Co-Founder and CEO, FoodCorps)
Adriano Espaillat (Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives),
Rafael Espinal (Member, New York City Council)
Joe Fassler (Editor, The New Food Economy)
Roberto Ferdman (Correspondent, VICE News/HBO)
Maya French (Founder, Koia)
Samuel Fromartz (Editor, Food & Environmental Reporting Network, formerly Washington Post)
Kevin Froner (Principal, Manhattan Hunter Science High School)
A.C. Gallo (President, Whole Foods)
Alyshia Gálvez (Author, Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico)
Gabriella Gershenson (Columnist, The Wall Street Journal)
Jeff Gordinier (Food & Drinks Editor, Esquire)
Tamar Haspel (Columnist, The Washington Post)
Lisa Held (Host, Heritage Radio Network)
Helen Hollyman (Founding Editor-in-Chief Vice’s Munchies)
Dr. Mark Hyman (Host, The Doctor’s Farmacy)
Peter Ivey (Founder, Mission:FoodPossible and CEO, The Reggae Chefs)
Ben Kallos (Member, New York City Council)
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)
Devon Klatell (Managing Director, Food, Rockefeller Foundation)
Lela May Klein (Founder, Greater Dayton Union Co-Op Initiative)
Pam Koch (Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy)
Beth Kowitt (Senior Editor, Fortune)
Linda Kozlowski (CEO, Blue Apron)
Priya Krishna (Contributor, The New York Times and Bon Appétit)
Mike Lavender (Senior Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists)
Tyler Lorenzen (President, PURIS Foods)
Britt Lundgren (Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield Farm)
Peter McGuinness (Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Chobani)
Julia Moskin (Food Writer, The New York Times)
Anna Mulé (Executive Director, Slow Food USA)
Kimbal Musk (Chef, restauranteur, and philanthropist)
Noah M. M. Nasiali (Founder, Africa Farmers Club)
Marion Nestle (Best-Selling Author, Professor, New York University Steinhardt School)
Liz Neumark (CEO, Great Performances)
Danielle Nierenberg (President, Food Tank)
James S. Oddo (Staten Island Borough President)
Leah Penniman (Founder, Soul Fire Farm)
Jim Perdue (Chairman, Perdue Farms)
Lynda Prim (Senior Director, Glynwood Farm)
Abhi Ramesh (Founder & CEO, Misfits Market)
Nancy Roman (Partnership for a Healthier America)
Sandy Rot (Director, BK ROT)
Whitney Reuling (Early Childhood Programs, Children’s Aid Society)
Deena Shanker (Food journalist, Bloomberg)
Tiffany Stecker (Reporter, Bloomberg)
Arjan Stephen (EVP, Nature’s Path)
Naama Tamir (Owner, Lighthouse Restaurant)
Marcel Van Ooyen (President and CEO, GrowNYC)
Uwe Voss (COO, Hello Fresh)
Bryan Walsh (author, currently editor of OneZero for Medium, former foreign editor for Time Magazine)
Karen Washington (Founder, Rise & Root Farm)
Paul Willis (Founder, Niman Ranch)
Brigette Wolf (Head of SnackFutures Innovation, Mondelēz International)
Venessa Wong (Editor, BuzzFeed)

and more to be announced!

Food Tank Reception and Gala Dinner

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

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.

General Admission Tickets (Summit November 1 and 2nd) — $199.

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) — $1,000.

Includes all the benefits of a general admission ticket plus VIP access to the Food Tank Summit (guaranteed front of 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 upon request please email Mariah at (scholarship application form being added soon). Press passes can be request by emailing Bernard at NYU faculty and students can request complementary 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 2019 - Nov 02 2019


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