2019 Annual Summit Agenda

In Partnership with New York University-Steinhardt, Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, and Great Performances




Summit Day 1 @ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

11:30AM (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)

Shayna Harris (Co-Founder, Farmer’s Fridge)

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)

5:45-6:30PM – Reception

Curated by Great Performances.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Musical Performance from Andrei Matorin and his band.

6:30PM – Dinner

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

WELCOME: Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank

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

Introduction of Chefs [Curated by Great Performances]

MODERATOR: Sara Gore (Emmy Award-winning TV personality, co-host New York Live! on NBC 4)

Irene Hamburger (Vice President, BLUE HILL)

Alicia Reinish, The Catered Word (Staten Island)

Naama Tamir, Lighthouse (Brooklyn)

Thomas McQuillan (Vice President Strategy, Culture, and Sustainability, Baldor Specialty Foods)

Tom Colicchio (American restaurateur and celebrity chef on Bravo TV’s Top Chef) preparing a dish incorporating school garden produce from Harlem Grown, Green Bronx Machine, and Teens for Food Justice.

“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)

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

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

Chloe Campbell (Broadway star, King Kong/Tuck/Hamilton)

Sondazha (An island girl from the Planet Garjana)

Final Introduction of Chefs [Curated by Great Performances]

Joy Pierson, Candle Cafe (Manhattan)

Sarah Obraitis, M.Wells (Queens)

Liz Neumark, Great Performances (Bronx)

“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 DAY 2 (SOLD OUT!)

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

@ 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)


“Four 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)

Adrienne E. Adams (NYC Council Member)


“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)

Jean De Barrau (Regenerative Agriculture Director, Danone)

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

FIRESIDE CHAT [25 minutes]

“A Conversation with Dr. Mark Hyman”

MODERATOR: Lucy Biggers (Sustainability Journalist, NowThis)

Dr. Mark Hyman (Head of Strategy and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine)

Beth C Weitzman (Professor, New York University’s Steinhardt School)


[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)

Liz Carollo (Greenmarket, GrowNYC)


“A Conversation with a Very Special Surprise Guest!”

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

Denisa Livingston, Diné Community Advocacy Alliance (DCAA)


Limited full and partial general admission scholarships available upon request please email Mariah at mariah@foodtank.com (SOLD OUT!)We urgently need volunteers which allows you to attend some of the event for free if interested please email Katherine at katherine@foodtank.com.

Press passes and/or sponsorship inquires can be requested (limited number still available) by emailing Bernard at bernard@foodtank.com.

NYU faculty and students can request complementary tickets (SOLD OUT) by emailing Jane at jane.sullivan@nyu.edu. Hunter faculty and students as well as high school teachers can request their tickets (SOLD OUT) by emailing Alexina at alexina@nycfoodpolicy.org.

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