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Storytelling: Through the Fire

At Farmigo, we believe that one of the first steps towards transforming the food industry is to change the way we think about food, technology, and community - disrupting the current status quo to make way for something fantastic and new. 

With that goal in mind, we'll be hosting a series of talks and events throughout the year. Our kick-off event will spotlight four, local entrepreneurs, as they share their stories and experiences about working in the New York City food world.

The question of the night - How have you been burned in the past, and what did it teach you? We've all been hurt, personally or professionally, literally or metaphorically; the real story is in how we adapt to and learn from the moment.

• Benzi Ronen (Moderator); Founder and CEO of Farmigo - After spending a decade working in the technology industry, Benzi decided to focus his next venture on using technology to transform the suburban food system, which had become efficient, yet unsustainable and impersonal.  As founder and CEO of Farmigo, he's working to make local, farm-to-table food easily available, by bringing people together in neighborhoods across America.

• Erin Fairbanks (Speaker); Executive Director at Heritage Radio Networks - Erin got started in the food industry as a line cook at the renowned Manhattan restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. From there, she went on to become Director of the Farm Camp at the Flying Pigs Farm in Upstate NY. Now, she's the Executive Director at Heritage Radio Networks, committed to archiving, protecting, and advancing America's food culture. 

Josh Hix (Speaker); Co-Founder of Plated - Plated delivers everything you need to start cooking chef-designed recipes straight to your door, with a new menu every week featuring fresh, ready-to-cook foods. From co-founding ZeeWise, a software tool for retail businesses to co-founding PlusScrn, a media ad building platform for mobile, he's an old hand in the tech industry. 

Brian Leventhal (Speaker); Co-Founder and CEO of Brooklyn Winery - Brian's varied background - raising capital, managing event businesses, helping tech startups, and more - left him well provisioned to found his urban winery, turning out locally crafted wines in the heart of Williamsburg. His favorite? The Babs Chardonnay (named after his mother!). 

• Alison Cayne (Speaker)Founder and Owner of Haven's Kitchen - Alison dreamt of a food community where people could learn about, prepare, and share delicious food that sustains people, our environment, and our local economy...so she built just that, right in the heart of New York City, where her haven for sustainable eating has flourished. 

...and more to come!*

Come early and enjoy yourself in our airy Gowanus offices, right on the canal with drinks and snacks. Then settle in to listen, think, get inspired.

*If you're interested in participating as a speaker, please e-mail [masked]

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  • Laura

    What a delightful evening! Such a fantastic space, great storytelling, interesting people, and wonderful food. I'm already looking forward to next time. :)

    July 11, 2014

    • Andrea L.

      Thanks for coming, Laura! Look forward to seeing you at the next one as well. Details to come!

      July 11, 2014

  • Kitty

    Total blast - fantastic speakers and venue!

    July 11, 2014

    • Andrea L.

      Glad you enjoyed it! Being on the Gowanus is such a treat : ). Look forward to seeing you soon!

      July 11, 2014

  • Anu M.

    It was my first time & I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was fantastic!! Love the format, and the speakers were awesome!

    July 11, 2014

    • Andrea L.

      Hi Anu! It was our first event at the new office so we’re so glad you made it and had a good time! If you have anyone you would like to see speak, please let me know! We’re curating speakers from our community.

      July 11, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Is there an RSVP for this event? I'd very much like to attend (and plan to if I don't hear back:)

    July 9, 2014

    • Karen C.

      Let me know how I can help if this is of interest to other members of the group as well.

      July 10, 2014

    • Andrea L.

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much for coming and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I would love to brainstorm with you on how we can get the entire food community involved and represented. My email is [masked]. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

      1 · July 11, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Great event- amazing concept, people and food!! And the storytellers were PHENOMENAL. I'll be back.

    July 10, 2014

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