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NYC Chapter Event Recap: The Food Book Fair's Food + Enterprise: Pitch Competition

Monday, May 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caitlin Sullivan
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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 speakers.

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 FoodsTaylor Erkkinen, Co-Owner, The Brooklyn KitchenMichael 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:


Radicle Farm Company

Christopher Washington, Hydroponic Urban Farms Distributing “Live” Greens Grown in Newark & Orange, NJ.


The Splendid Spoon

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.


Provenance Meals

Caroll Lee, Organic, gluten-free prepared meal delivery service. Brooklyn, NY.


Enlightenment Wines

Artisanal Wines Produced for NY Fruits and Honey. Clintondale, NY.


Kriemhild Dairy Farms

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.


Field Goods

Subscription service delivering local produce weekly in Hudson Valley. Athens, NY


Cissé Trading Co

Diana Lovett, Baking Mixes Using Fair Trade Cocoa Processed Locally in Mamaroneck, NY


The Fresh Connection

Mark Jaffe, NYC Fresh Food & Farm Product Distribution Service. Brooklyn, NY


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