2015 Sponsors

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Lead Sponsor:

Change FoodChange Food’s vision is to help shift the U.S. food supply to a regional, sustainable food system where healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all. Change Food’s mission is to help individuals change the way they eat by raising public awareness and educating consumers about problems with the U.S. food system. It highlights what can and is being done to dismantle the ill effects of industrial agriculture as well as promoting sustainable solutions so that all people have access to healthy, nutritious food. Goals of the program are to:

  1. Develop and implement creative projects that raise awareness and educate individuals about various aspects of the sustainable food and farming movement, as well as highlight problems with industrial agriculture and promote possible solutions.
  2. Inspire and invigorate the sustainable food movement.
  3. Reach beyond the already converted to a broader audience.

Premiere Sponsor:

GRACE Communications Foundation The GRACE Communications Foundation (GCF) highlights the interconnections of food, water and energy, educating consumers, advocates and policy makers through web-based initiatives like the Ecocentric blog, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Sustainable Table, the Network for New Energy Choices and H20 Conserve. GCF also partners with the Monday Campaigns (Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday and Kids Cook Monday) which, in association with leading schools of public health, advocate for healthier choices through a weekly prompt to start and sustain healthy behaviors, offering individuals and organizations fun and easy ways to participate every Monday.

Producing Sponsors:

driscolls logo wp rgb lgFamily owned and operated for more than 100 years, Driscoll’s is the leading brand for fresh, delicious strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Fresh berries is all we do!

JetBlue_LogoJetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline(TM), and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 87 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with an average of 825 daily flights. Service to Cleveland and Reno-Tahoe, Nev. will launch this spring. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

panera-logo-final-greenAs of July 1, 2014, there are 1,818 bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by chicken raised without antibiotics, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans-fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor and free Internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, www.panerabread.com.

Print_logos-02 Since it’s inception in 2010, PRINT. restaurant has focused on healthy, flavorful offerings, dedicated to seasonal and sustainable cuisine. PRINT.’s vision has been delivered through a talented culinary team carefully curated by owner Adam Block, and led by Executive Chef Charles Rodriguez and Executive Pastry Chef Emily Wallendjack.  PRINT.’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond food; PRINT.’s full-time in-house forager, Meghan Boledovich, keeps the restaurant traceable and engaged within the community in all aspects of the business through trusted relationships with local farmers, community organizations, purveyors and artisans.

Microsoft Word - Risk Economics Logo March 2011.docxRisk Economics (RiskEcon®) provides advisory services that apply rigorous analytics to large-scale real world geopolitical and socio-economic issues relating to demographics and macroeconomics. The firm’s expertise includes domains within finance, regulation, political risk, commerce and consumer behavior, labor, housing, immigration, global population, resource allocation environment, health and aging.

Supporting Sponsors:


The Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability offer 3 mission-based degrees: an innovative MBA in Sustainability and an MS in Environmental Policy or MS in Climate Science and Policy through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The Bard MBA in Sustainability focuses on the business case for sustainability. We train students to see how firms can integrate economic, environmental, and social objectives, the integrated bottom line, to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. The Bard Center for Environmental Policy believes that to solve environmental challenges and achieve sustainability in our institutions and in society, government and business policies must be grounded in the best available science. Students gain expertise through integrated interdisciplinary coursework in environmental policy, science, law, and economics combined with professional internships and research opportunities. 


Chipotle was founded in 1993 based on the idea that food served fast didn’t have to be a typical fast food experience. Our mission is to change the way people think about and eat fast food by skillfully preparing ingredients raised with respect for farmers, animals, and the environment.


Energized by a passion for weaving ideas and people together, the Fertel Foundation supports projects related to the arts and education. It has a special interest in initiatives from which new communities and new insights may emerge and those that challenge entrenched communities of power.

GoogleThe Google food team is committed to inspiring and enabling the world to make food choices and to use food experiences to develop more sustainable lifestyles and communities. This year, we are thrilled to join forces with TEDxManhattan “Changing The Way We Eat” and Michel Nishan’s “Wholesome Wave” team to raise awareness about co-creating a more responsible future for our global food system.

NEW WINES OF GREECE_BLACK_ENG (1)_use this oneThe cultural roots of Greek wine go beyond any in the world. With our unique indigenous varieties and dramatically diverse landscape, it’s why we can produce so many distinct wines. Our crisp whites and elegant reds have caught the attention of America’s best chefs and sommeliers. Now, it’s time for them to catch yours!


Whole foods LogoFounded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, the first national “Certified Organic” grocer, and uniquely positioned as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™. In fiscal year 2014, the Company had sales of approximately $14 billion and currently operates more than 400 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 87,000 team members and has been ranked for 17 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine. For more information, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values-matter.

Contributing Sponsors:

Applegate asks, what if you weren’t afraid to read the ingredients on a hot dog package? Or better yet, what if you weren’t afraid to know where the meat in your hot dog came from? These questions were the inspiration behind Applegate.

cleaver_logoThe Cleaver Co. was born 30 years ago out of Mary Cleaver’s conviction that the best foods are grown, tended, and harvested within a day’s drive of your table. Mary Cleaver is a pioneer in the sustainable food movement and The Cleaver Co. is New York City’s preeminent green caterer. Located in the Chelsea Market—and replete with an intimate organic eatery, The Green Table—The Cleaver Co. produces a wide range of events, each one highlighting the best offerings of the region and the season.

cooking lightThe Cooking Light brand is uniquely positioned at the intersection of great-tasting food and healthfulness, serving a vital and growing consumer need. In addition to the magazine, our trusted content is delivered via our web site, across all tablet devices, through the award-winning Cooking Light Quick and Healthy Menu Maker app, portfolio of cookbooks and on social media platforms.  Consumers turn to the Cooking Light brand for inspiration and variety; simplicity and convenience; and easy-to-execute strategies to get it all done. They know if it’s in Cooking Light it will be fast, easy, healthy and most importantly, delicious.

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We know that — just like you — those people are all trying to eat better. But we also know that it can be hard to figure out what “good food” really means. Local? Organic? Free-range? The list of things to consider is long. To help answer that question, we created Foodstand. By sharing and tagging our experiences, our stories and the awesome food we’re eating, we make it easier for everyone to help grow a better food system. So join us to get a behind-the-scenes look at food — and start to love food all over again.

PrintFreshDirect is a leading online fresh food grocer in the U.S., delivering premium quality fresh-from-the-farm foods and brand-name groceries directly to the doors of customers in the greater New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metro areas and greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, including Delaware. With unique relationships with suppliers and farmers around the world, FreshDirect focuses on providing customers with the best-tasting, freshest, top quality foods and meals. Additionally, FreshDirect’s research, development and production facility creates and innovates the more than one thousand unique meals and baked goods produced in house daily by a team of chefs. FreshDirect aspires to be a valued corporate partner in all communities in which it serves, and works extensively with multiple charitable and community partners. For more information, visit www.freshdirect.com. Follow FreshDirect on Twitter: @freshdirect, Facebook: facebook.com/FreshDirect, and Instagram.

rsz_joyfoodly-logo-full-colorJoyFoodly® makes vegetables and fruits the stars of the family table using proven methods that empower parents to help their children explore new foods. Founder Chef Hollie Greene has taught over 2,000 public school children nationwide through programs such as Wellness in the Schools, The Sylvia Center, and California Healthy Kids. Her online Joyful 12 Kitchen Learning Lab takes parents from purchasing to prepping to cooking, all the while engaging children at any age to eat more vegetables and fruits. Chef Hollie partners with Whole Foods Market and San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to teach families how to love seasonal produce.

PrintMaple Hill Creamery was founded in 2009 and is located in Stuyvesant, Hudson Valley, NY. We make artisan-quality, certified organic, whole-milk creamline yogurt, exclusively using milk from local farms’ 100% grass-fed cows. Learn more about our family, our farms, and our commitment to 100% grass-fed dairy farming at maplehillcreamery.com.


OrganicValleyOrganic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents approximately 1,800 farmers in 36 states. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, and produce, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.

PackIt_Logo_2015_300dpiPackIt is the smartest, simplest way to keep food and drinks cool anywhere. It works just like a refrigerator on the go, continually chilling items up to 10 hours. The secret is the bag’s patented freezable gel liner. Simply fold the bag up and freeze it overnight. Once the bag is frozen, its walls generate waves of cold air that chill your food and drinks from all sides. PackIt’s coolers for lunch, wine, shopping, picnics, and baby bottles are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide and at better US retailers. To see PackIt in action, visit packit.com/video.

SOHHA_LOGO_CIRCLENew York Magazine named Sohha Savory Yogurt the “Best of New York 2014.” Sohha’s mission is to offer nutritious and sustainable food, while supporting local dairy farmers who provide a premium milk. Sohha’s authentic Lebanese recipe for labneh has three simple ingredients – milk, cultures, and sea salt. Sohha uses no added sugars, preservatives, or thickeners. It is handcrafted in Brooklyn. Sohha operates its flagship yogurt bar in the Chelsea Market where it tries to inspire eaters to savor yogurt in new ways – including nuts, oils, and vegetable toppings. Sohha’s signature products include savory toppings, “Za’atar & Sumac” and “Everything Bagel,” Whey, and Probiotic Whey Lemonade. Sohha Savory Yogurt can also be found at local farmers’ markets, specialty stores, and online.

WF-logoUSWORLDFOODS products are a range of tasty, convenient all natural authentic Asian cooking solutions that are Gluten Free, Allergen free, Trans Fat Free and uses Non-GMO ingredients.

In-Kind Sponsors:


Baldor is one of the largest importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  They buy directly from over 1,000 domestic farmers and international growers and provide their customers with a consistent supply of the highest quality, fresh food.   Their customer clientele includes the top white tablecloth restaurants, hotels, corporate feeders, upscale food markets, hospitals, school cafeterias, country clubs, in-flight caterers and everything in between. Baldor has recently launched a comprehensive, source specific, and  local program that will soon be accompanied by a state of the art transactional website for its customers.

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Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet Vermont is a producer of award winning handmade cheese from goat and cow milk. Our animals rotationally graze on organic pastures to produce the sweetest milk and tastiest cheese. Our raw milk cheese is antibiotic and hormone free, and nutritionally complete. Farm tours, cheesemaking workshops, and farm dinners scheduled throughout the year.


BARNRAISER.Horizontal_LockupBarnraiser is the social and funding community for the good food movement, dedicated to powering sustainable food & farming. It is the place to meet the people creating good food, sustainable farms, education and community projects, to share their inspirational stories and collectively fund their projects as they shape how we farm and eat.

bitty_logo-redBitty makes delicious, healthy foods with cricket flour—one of the most sustainable protein sources on earth!


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The Brooklyn Roasting Company offers New Yorkers best quality Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Organic certified coffees.  Focusing on sustainable agriculture, Brooklyn Roasting Company strives to ensure that farmers around the world receive fair payment for the crops they grow.


Dickson’s Farmstand is a neighborhood butcher shop in Chelsea Market offering artisanal meats and house-made charcuterie. Our beef, pork, lamb, and poultry are sourced from small, family farms in upstate New York that are carefully handpicked for their humanely-raised, high-quality animals. We proudly share with you the stories of our farmers and their practices. Our charcuterie is made in-house by chef, David Schuttenburg, and his team. Honoring tradition and the values of our shop, we make all of our products from the same whole animals from which we cut our steaks and chops. We strive to use every part of every animal – from nose-to-tail. All of our meat is raised without added hormones, prophylactic antibiotics, or animal by-products – and is always 100% feedlot/CAFO free.

ebEleanor’s Best offers exceptional artisanal, small batch farm fresh jams, preserves, and marmalade from New York’s historic Hudson Valley. Connect with us at www.eleanorsbest.net and on Facebook.

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Equal Exchange is a worker-owned co-operative that imports a wide range of organic, Fair Trade foods from small-scale farmer co-ops around the world.




HVA WGXC web logo 2.inddAt Hawthorne Valley Farm, we’ve been dedicated to producing high quality food for more than 35 years. Our biodynamic farming practices reflect our commitment to protecting the health of the earth and all who live on it, and our education and outreach programs strive to raise awareness of the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Contributing Sponsor_Kett (1)For more than a decade, Kett Cosmetics has supplied the professional makeup industry with products that challenge the unforgiving lens of the high-definition camera. By developing their products in a lab and using a hi-def camera as a microscope, Kett created a line of highly effective foundations, liquid pigments and setting powders that provide long-lasting, flawless coverage with the flexibility to create endless looks.



Kopali Chocolates – perfectly pure, irresistibly rich and luscious dark chocolate, single-origin, crafted entirely at the point-of-origin in Peru… certified organic and fair trade, Kopali’s chocolates are every bit as important as they are delicious!

Niman Ranch2At Niman Ranch we believe that in order to produce the finest tasting all-natural meat in the world you must begin with the strictest protocols. That means working with small U.S. family farmers who are committed to raising the highest quality breeds and are dedicated to caring for their livestock traditionally. These guiding philosophies, from the genetics we source, to the feeds we use, to the humane animal raising standards contribute to the consistently, best tasting, all-natural beef, pork, lamb and smoked and prepared meats. Learn more about what “natural” means to us and about our animal raising practices.

PD Fireman's Logo-OUTLINESConstitutionally amended for your enjoyment!  Located in the historic town of Roscoe, New York, Prohibition Distillery was inspired by the history of the United States, the peoples will, and the art of libations itself. For it was on the fateful day of January 16th 1920, when the 18th Amendment was enacted and outlawed the sale of liquor, that the heyday of American spirits was born.


Quinciple is a Brooklyn-based company that delivers weekly curated CSA boxes, sourcing ingredients from more than 100 family farms and small-batch producers. Each ingredient is hand-selected based on the best of what’s in season and paired with prep and storage tips, farm stories and original recipes. 

RoscoesBeerPouring onto the craft beer scene in April 2013, The Roscoe NY Beer Co. was created by folks that enjoy the great outdoors, embrace their community and value all the wonderful things their country has to offer. Our flagship brew, Trout Town American Amber Ale, pours a light amber color, with a clean nose, balanced hops, and bready malt, and ends with a light citrus finish. As a nod to tradition, this style of beer was typically brewed around New York State during the early 1900s. With hopes to expand brewery operation in the near future, The Roscoe NY Beer Co. will continue to craft new, seasonable brews as our business continues to grow.


 At Runner & Stone, we believe that cooking and eating are social, communal activities that connect people to one another, and that food service is not only the act of preparing and presenting ingredients for consumption, but rather one part of an experience that should make sense seasonally, geographically, environmentally and emotionally.  To that end, we strive every day to create an atmosphere that is approachable and convivial, preparing everything we make – from our breads and pastries to our appetizers and entrees – with tradition, technique and expertise and featuring local ingredients that are grown, produced, packaged and transported in a responsible manner.


Sea To Table partners with local fishermen from small-scale sustainable wild fisheries, finding better markets for their catch. Delivering overnight direct from the dock, creating a direct connection from fisherman to chef.

PrintVitamix is a world leader in high-performance blending equipment known for quality, durability and versatility. Vitamix helps people achieve their culinary aspirations, from the professional chef who wants to create a signature, one-of-a-kind dish, to a home cook who wants an easy, convenient and delicious way to improve the health of their family.

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