Network Events

Jan 14th: FSNYC Legacy Celebration

Food Almanac 2014
photo credit: Megan Swann

FSNYC Legacy Celebration!

Wednesday, January 14 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Brooklyn Winery
213 N. 8th St. | Brooklyn, NY | 11211

RSVP by Friday, January 9th:
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Celebrate Food Systems Network NYC's role in establishing a dynamic regional landscape of organizations and programs devoted to healthy food systems.

As a convener of stakeholders in the early years of this movement, FSNYC helped foster a collaborative climate for networking, education and advocacy. As recently announced, FSNYC is closing at the end of this year.

Join FSNYC founding members, leaders and colleagues from across the food systems community to celebrate! We'll enjoy Brooklyn Winery (BW) wines, craft beers, and premium sodas, along with delicious BW house hors d'oeuvres...and toast to the dynamic work moving forward.

We hope you can make it!

Food Systems Network NYC Leadership Committee

  • Only registered guests will be admitted
  • Attendance is free and capacity is limited; if you RSVP and your availability changes, please cancel your ticket so that we can invite others

Click here to RSVP by Friday, Jan 9th

June 7th! FSNYC "meet-up" at Northwest Queens Food Day

Join FSNYC this Sat at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City!


There are lots of ways to participate in the day's activities!

The 2nd Annual Northwest Queens Food Day, will take place in conjunction with the Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 11 am - 3 pm. Event highlights include City Harvest + Vesta Vino cooking demonstrations, City Growers youth planting workshops, composting by Build It Green, Slow Food NYC honey tastings, community food justice organizing workshop, the first growNYC Greenmarket of the season, and much more from local organizations + businesses, working together to build community access to fresh + affordable food. All activities are free + open to the public.

Meet-up with FSNYC for a picnic at 12:30!

Bring a healthy snack, yourself, and, if you like, your business cards! We'll take a break from the day's activities to snack together and get to know each other. RSVP at


Help FSNYC table throughout the day! Also a great way to meet folks! Email if interested.


The day, in partnership with Socrates' annual Bike Parade, is a program of the  Queens Action Council.

And, email if you're interested in...
Volunteering for the event with the Queens Action Council
Attending a Community Food Organizing Workshop to be held on-site

FSNYC’s May Open Networking Meeting: Growing a Local Business: A Red Hook Meet-Up


May Open Networking Meeting:

Growing A Local Business - A Red Hook Meet-Up


Date/Time: Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (meet-up details will be sent to you the day before the event when you RSVP)

RSVP: space is limited so RSVP soon!


Join Food Systems Network NYC for a tour of local distillery Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Then, make an evening out of it…stay in the neighborhood for dinner and drinks!


March Open Networking Meeting: Food Business - How To

March Open Networking Meeting:

"Food Business - How To"


CLICK HERE For Food Business - How To resources (see second page)

Date: Thurs, March 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013


About the program:

"Food Business How To" will be a discussion on strategies for starting and running your own food business. A panel of experts and advocates who have either done the same, or are actively involved in growing entrepreneurial food businesses will participate in this panel discussion. Attendess will learn best practices for getting organized and take away resources for and support available to start ups and established food businesses.



  • Kathrine Gregory, Founder and Director of Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen, a professional kitchen incubator for start-up food businesses in Long Island City
  • Robinson Hernandez, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Business Acceleration, a city agency dedicated to streamlining the process for food and beverage establishments to get ready to open
  • Susan Povich, Owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound, whose locations and food trucks have become instant classics since opening in 2009
  • Wilson Tang, Owner of a number restaurants including the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor, pop-up host Bowery Station and newcomer Fung Tu on the Lower East Side; Wilson is also a member of Manhattan Community Board 3
  • Kate Galassi, founder of, a weekly subscription service that brings local farm products to consumers in New York City.  Prior to founding Quinciple, Kate held the title of "forager," sourcing products for the Spotted Pig and the Breslin.


  • Deborah Bander, a small business lawyer at Bander Law Firm, PLLC, a recent International Culinary Center graduate, and a FSNYC Program & Events Committee member


This event is free for FSNYC members and ICC students. Suggestion donation of $10 for all other attendees.

2/12 Food Almanac 2014 - Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food Policy and Politics

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00-9:30 pm (6:00 hors d'oeuvres and networking; 6:40 speakers)

Location: Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325, NYC 10001

Features: predications in food and farm policy and politics, delicious seasonal fare, local beer and wine from Brewery Ommegang and Wolffer Estate





$50 for FSNYC and CSI members

$60 for non-members

$75 for Almanac entry + FSNYC membership (join FSNYC today and get the Almanac ticket discount!)

$60 Sponsor a ticket to support community-based attendance.


About Food Almanac 2014: Since 1818, farmers and others have relied on the Farmers Almanac’s witty and often accurate weather predictions and astronomical data to inform how they harvest, garden, cook, and fish. Now, for the 4th year, Food Systems Network NYC presents the Food Almanac so that our network can come together to discuss all things food and farm related coming up in the New Year. At Food Almanac, we bring together our members and supporters to enjoy local beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a light winter supper and to hear from an esteemed group of panelists that represent a diversity of perspectives from across the food system. As NYC ushers in a new administration for the first time in 12 years, panelists will share their thoughts on the gains made in food and farm policy during the past administration and call for what should be built upon, left behind, or introduced for the first time.


NYChiliFest 2014 at The Chelsea Market: An Event to Benefit FSNYC

NYChiliFest 2014 at the Chelsea Market is coming up!

Join Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) for the 4th year at this annual celebration of chili, beer and all things spicy. Ticket proceeds benefit FSNYC.


Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Chelsea Market, check in at 10th Ave entrance (b/w 15th & 16th St.)


There will be limited tickets available for purchase at a first come first serve basis at the 10th avenue entrance!

  • Unlimited Chili $50
  • Unlimited Chili + Beer $55
  • Unlimted Chili + Beer w/ FSNYC member discount $50 (CODE required: if you haven't received your discount code, contact Caitlin at
  • Unlimited Chili + Beer + $25 Individual FSNYC Membership (includes $5 discount on ticket) $75

About NYChiliFest 2014:

The ultimate celebration of chili, beer, and all things spicy is coming back to Chelsea Market on January 26, 2014. Each ticket to NYChiliFest gives you access to a 500-foot concourse of chili, served by dozens of NYC’s best restaurants and cutting edge chefs, all competing for the Golden Chili Mug 2014 title. And, this year, one contestant will be awarded the People's Choice award! Samuel Adams is matching 4 of their favorite chili-eating beers and will be pouring from several locations in the concourse. There are fewer tickets than in years past, which means better access to chili and more room to digest, so be sure to grab a ticket while they're still available. See below for a list of participating restaurants!


12/19 December Open Networking Meeting - The Economic Impacts of Cuts to SNAP

Image source: Mother Jones


Food Systems Network NYC December Open Networking Meeting:

The Economic Impacts of Cuts to SNAP


Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm (12:00 networking & brown bag lunch; 12:30 panel discussion)
Location: Fund for the City of New York, 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th floor, NYC
RSVP here, space is limited

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11/19: Food Speed Networking Event at Parish Hall!

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Parish Hall, 6109 N 3rd Street, Brooklyn, 11249

Features: Speed Networking, Bar, and Bites

RSVP here to share your contact info with other event participants.

RSVP through Facebook and tell your friends!


Interested in meeting others who share your passion for food and interest in food systems? Want to make new contacts and learn what’s going in the NYC food landscape? Know someone with a great food job? Bring yourself and a guest you think others should meet. Please RSVP and be sure to bring your business cards!


*There is a suggested donation of $10 for non-FSNYC members but you can join at the door for only $25 and get that day's admission free!

Everything's on the Table, Episode 8: What is the Future of Food in New York City?

Episode 8: What is the Future of Food in New York City? An election re-cap and discussion of food systems governance & citizen participation.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time: 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Listen live: Heritage Radio Network

Everything's on the Table, Episode 7: Food Waste

Episode 7: Food Waste

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Time: 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Listen live: Heritage Radio Network

Archive: click here.


Food waste has immense environmental, fiscal and societal costs. Americans waste more than 40% of food produced, costing $100 billion. In NYC, we spend almost $100 million annually to landfill the 30% of our waste stream that is food and organic materials. When food enters a landfill it generates methane – a gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide.


In his third term, Mayor Bloomberg has launched promising pilots to address food waste. Tune it to hear about the future of these initiatives, why composting isn’t enough, and how we can turn food waste from a problem to a solution.