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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.

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

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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
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FSNYC's October Open Networking Meeting: New York Apples & the Growing Hard Cider Industry

Food Systems Network NYC

October Open Networking Meeting

New York Apples and the Growing Hard Cider Industry

Co-hosted by Glynwood, Slow Food NYC, and 61 Local


Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm

Location: 61 Local, 61 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Features: networking, tasting of cider apple varieties, panel discussion, cash bar (NY hard ciders available!)

RSVP here, space is limited!

Note: FSNYC members attend free. Suggested donation of $10 for non-FSNYC members. Donations and membership enrollment accepted at the door.


About the program:

New York is the second largest producer of apples in the U.S., and the growing popularity of hard cider is bringing new opportunities to orchards. In celebration of Cider Week NY, Food Day 2013, and the Big Apple Crunch campaign, this panel discussion will explore how hard cider production offers growers economic opportunities, revives “cider apple varieties,” and brings new possibilities for sustainable practices. The apple is our iconic NY fruit and hard cider is giving it a brighter future, thanks in large part to the thirst of NYC.


This panel will be moderated by Sara Grady, Vice President of Programming at Glynwood and founder of the Apple Project and Cider Week, joined by four of the leading NY apple growers and craft cider producers:

  • Tim Dressel, Kettleborough Ciderhouse & Dressel Orchards
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider & Breezy Hill Orchards
  • Dan Wilson, Slyboro Ciderhouse & Hicks Orchard


9/25: Open Networking Event "We Work in Food"


Join FSNYC at 61 Local for an open networking event!

Date: Wednesday, September 25

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 

Tickets: Suggested $10 donation at the door for non-FSNYC members.

RSVP: We'd love to know you're coming! RSVP through Facebook


About the event:

The food systems field has grown and expanded rapidly over the last few years, paving the way for opportunities for professionals from varying backgrounds to pursue a career that aligns with their passion for food. However, the professional transition isn't always easy or predictable.

Please join us + listen in as our panel discusses their current great food jobs and the forks in the road that got them there. Bring your questions and stay for the networking session following the panel.

Whether you're a food worker, food advocate, or just want to have a night on the town, come mingle with FSNYC members, old friends, and new faces over drinks and bites at Cobble Hill's 61 Local!

Tues 7/2: July Open Networking Meeting - Food Waste

Food Systems Network NYC and The International Culinary Center present

FSNYC's July Open Networking Meeting: Food Waste


Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: The International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, NYC 10013

Tickets: Suggested $10 donation at the door for non-FSNYC members.* ICC students attend free of charge.


5/29: FSNYC's Spring Food Speed Networking


Join FSNYC at Parish Hall for Food Speed Networking!


Date: Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Parish Hall, 109 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11211


About the event:

Interested in meeting others who share your passion for food and interest in food systems? Want to make new contacts and learn more about what’s going in the New York City food landscape? How about drinks, mingling, and an opportunity to "speed network?" Come to FSNYC’s Spring Food Speed Networking event on May 29th!


RSVP: please RSVP here! + make sure to bring your business cards!


There is a suggested donation of $10 for non-FSNYC members. Want to become a FSNYC member? Join now!


April Open Networking Meeting: FSNYC's Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC


SAVE THE DATE for FSNYC's April Open Networking Meeting!



What: FSNYC's Recipe for the Future of Food in New York City

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 6:00-8:15 pm

Location: Fund for the City of New York, 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th floor, Main Conference Room, NYC

RSVP: Let us know if you'll join us...RSVP requested, not required.


Learn more about the ingredients in FSNYC’s Recipe and have a voice in shaping the future of food in New York City.

The upcoming Mayoral and citywide elections present an important opportunity to draw public attention to key food policy issues and options that will help New York City achieve a more sustainable, resilient, economically stronger, and fairer food system to benefit every New Yorker.


What better way to call for a better food future for our city than in the context of a Recipe? And so, Food Systems Network NYC has drafted the Recipe for the Future of Food in New York City as our vision for food systems change in New York and to inspire policy change by our city’s leaders. The Recipe calls for ingredients in six categories:

  1. A New Public Partnership for Food
  2. Better Health and an End to Hunger
  3. A Strong Food Economy with Good Jobs
  4. Support for Regional Agriculture through Smart Procurement and Protection of our Working Land and Water Resources
  5. New Farm-to-Plate Distribution Infrastructure
  6. Better Food Waste Reduction and Nutrient Recovery

Now we want to hear from you: We invite you to “test” our Recipe and give us your input at our April meeting about what ingredients are important to you. We envision that the Recipe will be used by citizens and community-based organizations to inform and make more effective their own food policy advocacy. And, we’ll be using the Recipe to draw out Mayoral candidates’ positions on these issues – through a candidates’ forum and interviews. Help us make this the most effective Recipe possible. This is your chance to help create a vision for a better food system!


You can also make comments on FSNYC’s Facebook page, tweet them to @fsnyc using hashtag #recipefornyc, or send your comments via Google Form.


Download and read the full Recipe for the Future of Food in New York City here.

FSNYC members attend free. Suggested donation of $10 for non-FSNYC members. Join now to become a FSNYC member

Mar 18: Scaling Up Local - Distribution Issues and Innovations in the Value Chain

Food Systems Network NYC, GrowNYC, and The International Culinary Center present

FSNYC's March Open Networking Meeting

Scaling Up Local: Distribution Issues and Innovations in the Value Chain


Date: Monday, March 18, 2013

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

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

Tickets: Suggested $10 donation at the door for non-FSNYC members.

FSNYC members and ICC students attend free. Donations benefit FSNYC and GrowNYC. To become a FSNYC member, visit


Program Description

New York has long been a robust market for local food, with farmers selling their product direct through farmers markets and CSAs and to restaurants.  Now the demand for local, source-identified, differentiated and higher value foods is being demanded by retailers, institutions, and larger customers.  While a promising opportunity for the region's small and mid-sized farms, this growing demand has highlighted the need for right-sized infrastructure and hands-on value chain development.  This panel will explore the new concept of food hubs as one means for bridging these gaps, including how we define food hubs, what their activities look like, their challenges, and potential strategies for long-term systemic change through them.


POSTPONED UNTIL 11/28: Sustainable Meat Distribution - Channels & Challenges, the Second in a Series on Distribution

 Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Food Systems Network NYC
November Open Networking Meeting
Presented by Food Systems Network NYC in conjunction with Meat Week NYC
2011 Sustainable Meat Panel at French Culinary Institute
Meat Week 2011: FSNYC panel discussion on Sustainable Meat Production
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Time: 6:30-7:00 pm - Networking; 7:00-8:30 pm - Panel Discussion
Location: Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Program Description
Getting pastured meat products from New York State's extensive grazing lands to New York City's commercial and home kitchens presents challenges to farmers and wholesale and retail buyers. Innovations in marketing, sales, and distribution are paving the way for more consistent access to these products for interested buyers and suggest more stable economics for the producers. How are these relationships structured and maintained? What is the long-term outlook for sustaining these businesses in NY?

  • Jennifer Goggin, Co-Founder & CEO, Farmers Web
  • Paula Lukats, CSA in NYC Program Manager, Just Food
  • Sarah Teale, Marketing Coordinator, Adirondack Grazers' Cooperative
  • Dana Stafford, President, Regional Access (invited)
  • Andrew Tarlow, Owner - Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, Roman's, and Reynard at the Wythe Hotel 
  • Mary Cleaver, Founder and President, Green Table + Cleaver Co. 
There is a suggested $5 donation fee to attend this event for non-members. To become a FSNYC member visit:

About Meat Week NYC
In celebration of the farmers, markets, and chefs who bring sustainable meat to our tables, Meat Week NYC (November 3rd-11th) will feature tastings, parties, butchering and cooking demos, market tours, and discussion panels. Produced by  Food Karma Projects (producers of Pig Island, Cook Out NYC, Brisket King NYC) in collaboration with Food Systems Network NYC, Slow Food NYC and  Just Food, Meat Week NYC centers on local chefs, butchers and regional farmers, including featured grass-fed beef co-op Adirondack Grazers' Cooperative, a co-op of grass-fed beef farmers in Washington County. Check out other Meat Week NYC events here.
About Brooklyn Winery
This boutique urban winery is set in the heart of Williamsburg, one of the borough's most vibrant and creative neighborhoods. Winemaker Conor McCormack works tirelessly to produce premium small batch wines, combining the quality of tradition with the freedom of innovation. And you can enjoy these artisanal wines on tap in the same building where they were made. As one of the very few wineries in New York City, Brooklyn Winery embodies the essence of local craftsmanship along with an earnest appreciation of how wine provides a sense of place: the earth where the grapes were grown.

Oct 23: Food Day Warm-Up! FSNYC's October Open Networking Event

Food Day "Warm-Up:"
FSNYC's October Open Networking Event & "Sneak Preview" of Food MythBusters Video with Anna Lappé

Date:  Tuesday, October 23, 2012


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