It's not easy being a food innovator. There's no road map for reinventing an industry.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with ForceBrands to celebrate failure in all its glory at Fail Friday (on a Thursday). Join us to hear stories of failure and lessons learned from top food entrepreneurs.
We will also have food from emerging brands Mademeals, Partake Foods, Brooklyn Delhi, Yumi, NY Shuk, Square Roots, Sanzo, Luke's Lobster, GEM and Raaka Chocolate as well as festive cocktails from Pomp & Whimsy.
6:30 - 7:30: Networking, Snacks & Drinks
7:30 - 8:30: Stories & Q&A
8:30 - 9:30: More Networking
Erin Patinkin, Co-Founder, Ovenly; Executive Producer & Co-Host, Start to Sale
Erin Patinkin is CEO & Co-Founder Ovenly, one of New York’s most beloved bakery chains, and co-host and executive producer of Start to Sale on Vox. Over the past decade, Erin has become a leading voice of ethical entrepreneurship, dedicating her work to “radical responsibility” and to the creation of a more empathetic economy for everyone. Erin speaks about her work at conferences and events nationally, writes about food and business, and has appeared in print and TV internationally.
Ben Conniff, Co-founder, Luke’s Lobster
Ben Conniff is co-founder of Luke’s Lobster, a Maine-bred lobster shack with over 30 locations across 9 US cities and internationally in Japan and Taiwan. Luke’s controls their catch all the way from the docks to the plate, meticulously preparing and handling every claw, knuckle, and tail to make the world’s best-tasting lobster roll. Ben is also the author of Real Maine Food, and has written for Saveur, GQ, Tasting Table, and more. He was named to the Inc. and Zagat “30 Under 30” lists and serves as an advisor to restaurant, fishery, and agriculture businesses.
Chitra Agrawal, Co-founder, Brooklyn Delhi
Starting in Brooklyn, Chitra has been cooking, teaching and writing about food inspired by her family’s recipes from India for ten years. She co-founded Brooklyn Delhi with her husband Ben Garthus in 2014 to bring the flavors she was creating to a wider audience. Chitra is the author of Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn (Penguin, 2017). Prior to Brooklyn Delhi, Chitra held marketing roles at American Express and DDB and completed her MBA at NYU Stern. Brooklyn Delhi's award-winning condiments can be found in Whole Foods nationwide and in Blue Apron meal kits and have been featured by food critics at the NY Times, Saveur, Food & Wine and more.
Nicola Nice, Founder & CEO, Pomp & Whimsy
Trained sociologist and brand strategist-turned distiller, Dr. Nicola Nice, has made a career advising Fortune 500 companies on international branding and consumer insights. Over the past 15 years, in a career spanning academic research, management consultancy and global strategy with THINK Conservatory, Nicola watched as major spirits producers systematically ignored or misrepresented their female audiences. A two-year journey led Nicola to perfect the formula for a uniquely distinct botanical gin liqueur. Now in 2018, with double gold and gold medals in hand from her first four international spirits competitions, Nicola set out to revolutionize the spirits industry for female consumers with the official launch of Pomp & Whimsy.
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Thanks to our event partners, Kickstarter and the Brooklyn Brewery.