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Storytelling: In the Weeds

At Farmigo, we want to transform the way we think about food, technology, and community - which is exactly what we're aiming to do with our monthly FoodHacker series. 

The theme of our August talk is “In the Weeds”, and will feature five, local entrepreneurs, as they share their stories and experiences about working in the food world.

The question of the night for our speakers* – What have you learned about nurturing a business from nothing into something, as an entrepreneur working in New York City?

• Benzi Ronen (Moderator)Founder and CEO of Farmigo – Farmigo works to make local, farm-to-table food easily available, connecting farmers to neighbors, neighbors to each other, and everyone to a better way to eat.

 Nicole Chaszar (Speaker)CEO and Co-Founder of The Splendid Spoon – Nicole is the Co-Founder of The Splendid spoon, a Brooklyn-based vegan and gluten-free microsoupery, and source their ingredients from growers within 200 miles of NYC.

• Scott Bridi (Speaker)Chef and Owner of Brooklyn Cured – Brooklyn native and former Gramercy Tavern charcuterie chef, Scott founded Brooklyn Cured in 2010, and uses locally and regionally sourced meats to produce his delicious sausages, hotdogs, and more.

• Jorge Salamea (Speaker); Jorge's impressive resume includes Annisa, Ssam Bar, and Ma Peche. He co-opened Bar Q with Anita Lo, and worked as Operations Director at Seersucker, opening Nightingale 9. Jorge is now in the early stages of opening a food related venture called Cuatro Rios which will make use of local farms products.

Sean Dimin (Speaker); Co-Founder of Sea to Table - Sean founded Sea to Table, a boutique distributor that delivers fresh seafood from artisanal fishers directly to chefs. Last year alone, Sea to Table shipped sustainable seafood to over 1,000 chefs in 46 states and 40 + university dining programs.

Viraj Puri (Speaker);  Co-Founder of Gotham Greens - Viraj founded Gotham Greens in 2008. Gotham Greens designs, builds and operates commercial scale greenhouse facilities in urban areas for fresh vegetable production. 

Come early and enjoy yourself in our offices right on the canal with beer from the Brooklyn Brewery and snacks. Then settle in to listen, think, get inspired.

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

Beer will be lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery



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  • dawn

    It was a great evening. Thanks for organizing it. I just wanted to mention (since it seems like a crowd who might be interested), that I have just completed my first year of a program studying herbal medicine in NYC. Its a great school and they are looking for new students. If anyone is interested, please get in touch and I will tell you more. Thanks!

    August 15, 2014

  • Laura

    I'm so excited to see this event be a recurring thing. It's such a great format, with wonderful people, a beautiful space, and tasty snacks!

    August 14, 2014

    • Andrea L.

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, Laura! If you have anyone in mind that you'd be interested in hearing from, let me know! We're curating speakers from the group.

      August 14, 2014

  • Peggy T

    Insightful and inspiring stories sprinkled with humor and hope - thanks to all for a great meetup and keep 'em coming!

    August 14, 2014

    • Andrea L.

      Yes! We'll be letting everyone know soon when our next one will be in September. Thanks for coming, Peggy!

      August 14, 2014

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