Table Talk Live: Speeding Networking Edition offers attendees the opportunity to sit one-on-one with food industry experts in speed mentoring sessions to get advice on everything from operations, branding, label/package design and distribution to food costing, marketing and public relations, food law, and funding.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 40 FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
6:30-7:00 PM Registration/Networking/Food & Cocktails
7:00-7:15 PM Introductions & Overview of the evening
7:15-8:45 PM Speed Mentoring Session
8:45-9:30 PM Networking/Dessert & Cocktails
WHAT IS SPEED MENTORING?
Our speed mentoring event is a series of short, focused conversations where food industry experts answer specific questions about your business.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with all of our industry experts by moving around the room every three minutes. A buzzer will sound when the time is up and there will be a few minutes to move to the next expert. The speed mentoring session will last approximately one and a half to two hours with a short break. There will be an opportunity for informal networking over food and drinks at the beginning and the end of the event.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Our event is designed for both the startup and established food entrepreneur — specialty food makers, chefs, caterers, bakers, food truck operators and restaurateurs — looking for much needed advice on how to take their businesses to the next level.
BENEFITS OF SPEED NETWORKING
*Connect with 20 food industry experts in a short period of time
*Meet a wide variety of people in a fun and informal setting
*Prepare questions ahead of time in order to maximize time with each expert
*Get instant feedback from experienced professionals
MEET THE MENTORS
Carl Chastain, owner of Van Hook Cheese & Grocery, a family-owned cheese and specialty grocery store that focuses on high quality, local products.
Kevin Chu, loan program manager at Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, an organization that provides access to capital and training for small businesses.
Valerie Cordero, a food product developer, who oversees new product ideation, protyping and commercialization for KIND Snacks.
Eddie Cotto, Jr., executive chef and owner of ME Casa Restaurant and Catering, a Puerto Rican inspired restaurant and catering company.
Annette Davidson, founder and principal of Icon Food Marketing, a boutique food marketing company that provides the necessary tools to assist in taking food products from kitchen to market.
Lauren Handel, principal attorney at Handel Food Law LLC, a law firm focused exclusively on food, farming and alcoholic beverage businesses.
Ellen Hockley Harrison, founder Greater Good Events, a boutique event planning firm that specializes in creating local, sustainable and socially responsible events.
Joanne Hixson, CEO of Fusion Creative, a full-service strategic communications agency whose services include logo and package design, brand identity and website design.
Nisha Pawar, editor at feedfeed and blogger for Love Laugh Mirch, an Indian-inspired blog focusing on food, family and culture.
Esther Luongo Psarakis, managing partner, Foodpreneur, an educational consultancy providing strategic launch, formulation and sales/marketing support for food, beverage and consumer products.
Jay Savulich, oversees both the Community Business Academy and Business Acceleration Services as Rising Tide Capital's Managing Director of Programs. Before starting at Rising Tide Capital, he had a twenty-year career owning and operating successful restaurants in New York City.
Karen Schloss, partner at Diaz Schloss, a boutique public relations, marketing, social media and consulting firm that focuses exclusively on the food, beverage and hospitality industries and is well-known for launching restaurants.
Nupur Shah, principal attorney at Nupur Shah Law P.C., a firm that specializes in working with startups and small-to-mid-sized businesses; and advises clients on setting up legal structures, developing contracts, and securing intellectual property rights.
Lauren Siegel, a consultant who has worked for a variety of food-related businesses, including Canyon Ranch Spa, Bon Appétit Management Company, Whole Foods Market and Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger restaurant
Susan Sweetin, event architect at Sweetin Sisters, an event marketing company that builds meaningful event experiences with a flair for creative storytelling that has proven to drive revenue and forge strong community partnerships.
David Trotta, founder of Whealth, a full service events and hospitality company founded with the mission of connecting the community through healthy eating and cooking.
Julie Weiss has extensive experience in retail, including inventory planning and purchasing. As a member of the Whole Foods Local Forager team in the Northeast region, she supports entrepreneurs, producers and growers in the development andlaunch of food products in 35 store locations. Prior to joining Whole Foods, she was a farming apprentice at Stone Barns Center.
MORE MENTORS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
PRODUCED BY AJB EVENTS