NYC Chapter Event Recap: The Food Book Fair's Food + Enterprise: Pitch Competition
Monday, May 12, 2014
Posted by: Caitlin Sullivan
The third annual Food Book
Fair took place in Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel on April 25th-27th.
The much-anticipated three-day festival is host to more than 20 events,
showcases more than 200 books, and includes more than 60 visionary food-world
One highlight event of the festival
was the Food + Enterprise: Pitch Competition – Food Fight. Presented by
Chipotle and Slow Money NYC in partnership with Grow NYC, NRDC, Community Food
Funders and Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders.
The Pitch Competition was an
opportunity for local, growth-stage food entrepreneurs to present and be judged
on their business plans. This event was
proof that food business today has expanded so far beyond the world of chefs
and restaurants and that the sheer scope of the foodie movement has truly attracted
people from all corners of business and as a result, we are seeing awe-inspiring
innovation in our food systems.
Derek Denckla of Slow
Money NYC kicking off the event alongside judges, Liz Neumark, CEO of Great Performances, Elly Truesdell, NE Regional Local Forager, Whole Foods, Taylor Erkkinen, Co-Owner, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Michael Hurwitz, Director, NYC Greenmarkets (GrowNYC) and Jon Zeltsman, President, Down to Earth Markets
Though the event was billed
as a ‘shark tank’ with food, there were notable deviations from the cut-throat
T.V. show. The financials of each entrepreneur’s business plan were
thoughtfully considered, but the judges consistently judged a true mark of
success upon sustainability, social responsibility, local and fair sourcing,
and how well it would serve the hospitality community. In this respect, the
presenters didn’t disappoint. 10 presentations and 10 game-changing companies—we
highly suggest you check them out!
The Pitch Entrepreneurs:
Christopher Washington, Hydroponic Urban Farms Distributing “Live” Greens Grown
in Newark & Orange, NJ.
Nicole Chaszar, Soupery Making Fresh Soups with Local Farm Ingredients.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
Amrita Health Foods
Arshad Bahl, Plant-Based Energy Bar Free From 8 Major Allergens Made with Local
Ingredients. Harstdale, NY.
Caroll Lee, Organic, gluten-free prepared meal delivery service. Brooklyn, NY.
Artisanal Wines Produced for NY Fruits and Honey. Clintondale, NY.
Lindsey Jakubowski, Premium NY Grassfed Dairy Products, including signature
“Meadow Butter.” Hamilton NY
El Poblano Farm
Gudelio Garcia with Erica Dorn – Urban Farm located in Staten Island, NY.
Subscription service delivering local produce weekly in Hudson Valley. Athens,
Cissé Trading Co
Diana Lovett, Baking Mixes Using Fair Trade Cocoa Processed Locally in
Mark Jaffe, NYC Fresh Food & Farm Product Distribution Service. Brooklyn,