2012 Sponsors


The Glynwood Institute

The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming uses marketing strategies to help shift the U.S. food supply from industrial-based agriculture to a regional, sustainable food system where healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all.

The Goals of The Glynwood Institute

  1. Assist people, programs and groups whose work supports the Institute’s mission and can be replicated either regionally or nationally.
  2. Elevate public awareness and shift perception about sustainable food and farming by facilitating collaboration, networking, and through special projects.
  3. Raise awareness with global changemakers and work to put food and farming on their social and philanthropic agendas.
  4. Develop initiatives to help ensure the food movement does not get trapped in a ‘bubble’ of limited scope and reach.

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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.

Recognized by The New York Times for their innovative membership-based model, One Medical Group takes the hassle out of seeing the doctor and provides primary care designed around your needs. They help you stay on top of your health care by offering such benefits as same-day appointments that start on time, email access to your doctor, online scheduling and Rx renewals, and more. One Medical physicians take a holistic approach to medicine by striving to treat the whole person and by emphasizing preventive care, including diet and lifestyle changes for optimal health and well-being.


Risk Economics, Inc. (RiskEcon™) provides
advisory services by applying  rigorous analytics to large-scale
real world geopolitical and socio-economic issues relating to
macroeconomics and demographics, including domains within labor,
housing, consumer behavior, and resource allocation.

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.


THE APPLE PUSHERS, a new documentary film being released this year, follows the inspiring stories of five immigrant street vendors who are part of the “NYC Green Cart Initiative”, an innovative urban strategy that uses street vending as a means to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in “food deserts” – neighborhoods where there is little or no access to healthy foods. Through the Department of Health initiative, hundreds of vendors – most of whom are first-generation immigrants – have taken to the streets as independent entrepreneurs in pursuit of the American Dream, and in the process have joined the battle against obesity and diet-related diseases. THE APPLE PUSHERS, narrated by actor Edward Norton, was written and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio and underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

BB Creative is a boutique, visual communications and strategic-design consultancy. We specialize in integrated cross-platform solutions —digital and environmental–that promote stronger relationships between our clients and the people who matter to them most, including: rich media, online video, social media, event marketing, brand environments and retail design. We serve agencies, direct to client brands and entrepreneurs by helping them catalyze engagement, understanding, demand and community building around ideas, in either the online or offline space. Our core competencies include: out of the box thinking, storytelling, high-end design deliverables, in-house video production and award-winning visualization services including: 3D graphics, animation and special effects.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is committed to serving the very best sustainably raised food possible. That means supporting family farms, avoiding meat and dairy from animals given antibiotics or hormones, and sourcing organic, local produce whenever they can.

Clean Plates is a guide to the healthiest, tastiest and most sustainable restaurants for vegetarians and carnivores.

Architectural Grille has found its place in all areas of construction, fabrication and interior design. The company’s products have been used for air conditioning, heating, ventilation, decorative screening, and artwork to name a few. Architectural Grille has been involved in numerous projects around the world that range from large scale government jobs to small home owner projects.


Given TEDxManhattan’s mission to “change the food system,” we take the food and beverage we provide our attendees very seriously. That’s why our food sponsors are leaders and pioneers in the sustainable food movement. From our caterer whose 30 years of dedication supporting regional food systems won her Slow Food NYC’s first “Snailblazer Award”…to a company that is redefining how food served quickly and conveniently can also be committed to slow principles…to a market that has grown an empire supporting high quality natural and organic products…to a chocolate maker who not only buys fair trade, but in an effort to multiply the economic benefits manufacture their product in the country of origin…to a baker whose partnership with upstate farmers led New York magazine to proclaim their Ultimate Whole Wheat loaf “The edible symbol of New York’s locally grown-and-milled-flour movement.”…to an upstate wine company who saw a disparity between many locally-sourced restaurants’ menus and their wine lists, and sought to offer premiere upstate wines from small, family owned operations, which thanks to their efforts are now represented in NYC’s finest restaurants.

These innovative companies and others, which you can read about below, are changing the food system one bite, drink and morsel at a time. For their inspiring example and generosity, we say–thank you!

Under the leadership of Elizabeth Ryan, Breezy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in the historic Hudson Valley, NY grows more than 100 varieties of apples & other fruit. Their artisan products have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Gourmet, Home & Garden, and other prestigious publications. Breezy Hill is certified in the Eco Apple program, and has been dedicated to fresh, quality ingredients, environmental stewardship, fair labor, and support of our local economy for over 25 years.

The Brooklyn Brewery is New York’s premier craft brewery. Its extensive lineup of award-winning bottled, draft and specialty beers is acclaimed by critics and fans in 25 states and 13 countries. Since its founding in 1988, The Brewery has been proud to play a positive role in the communities it serves. The Brooklyn Brewery has facilitated many community meetings at its event space and supported arts organizations such as Brooklyn Museum and MoMA. Brewery employees serve on not-for-profit boards, including the Prospect Park Alliance, the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, Transportation Alternatives and the Brooklyn Historical Society. The Brooklyn Brewery is proud to support TEDxManhattan.

Cayuga Pure Organics is a producer of local, organic dry beans, whole grains, and flour and is located just outside of Ithaca, NY and is committed to supporting the local food economy using sustainable practices. The mission of Cayuga Pure Organics is to create a food system that works. A working food system is not only fundamental in nurturing the health of consumers; it also nurtures the long-term health of our communities and of the planet on which we live. To accomplish this mission, we strongly believe that it is not just the food itself that is important, but the whole system by which that food is produced and made available.

Dickson’s Farmstand is a purveyor of a unique selection of artisanal meat and meat products. Our beef, lamb, pork, goat and poultry are sourced from local farms , hand-picked because of their commitment to producing natural, humanely-raised, high-quality and distinctive meat products. At Dickson’s, we connect you to the source of your food: small-scale, sustainable farms that feel just out of reach here in New York City. We introduce you to each of our farmers by sharing with you the stories of their animals, their farms, and their growing methods.

Equal Exchange Fundraising offers organic and fairly traded foods, beautiful fairly traded gifts and hand-made (wood-free) eco-wrapping paper from recycled cotton. With Equal Exchange Fundraising students are stewards of the earth and make a difference in the lives of the farmers who grow the foods they are selling. Equal Exchange builds hands-on, sustainable food entrepreneurs. Join us! Learn more at www.equalexchange.coop/fundraiser

Joe is a family-owned group of artisanal coffee bars in NYC devoted to making outstanding coffee drinks. Joe uses the coffee beans with a “cult-following” Ecco Caffe, sources the best local bakers, and keeps it real with Mid-Western style friendly staff to make all customers feel at home.

Madecasse is making a big change in their small corner of the world by producing high-quality chocolate entirely in their cocoa country of origin, Madagascar. Started by former Peace Corps volunteers, each bar produces more than 4x the economic impact compared to fair trade certified cocoa alone. Winning awards on flavor from Good Food Awards and the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, and recognized for innovation by Fast Company, NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, Madécasse is on a mission to change the status quo in chocolate and ethical food production.

New York farmers Dean Sparks and Dan France discovered shared food and farming philosophies—namely a passion for small scale, organic farming that produces foods that are wholesome, nutritious and great tasting, and kind to the earth and animals. They founded nyfoods in 2003 to distribute clean food from a cooperative network of farmers in central New York. Today, nyfoods produces certified organic dairy products and eggs from small, sustainable farms in New York—nymilk, nyeggs, nycheese and other foods.

Orwasher’s is New York’s original artisan bakery. We make hand made breads using natural ingredients, local wheat and sustainable methods. Our breads are served at great restaurants and retailers in and around New York City, and available at our bakery at 308 East 78th Street, NYC.

Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, the first Certified Humane egg farm in the United States, is a third generation run family farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Dedicated to sustainability and supporting over 30 other small family farms, Pete & Gerry’s produces all cage-free eggs including two heirloom varieties in pastel blue and deep chocolate brown, each with a rich flavor and vibrant yolk color.

pure food and wine opened in the spring of 2004, and is still the only upscale exclusively raw and vegan restaurant in the country. Conceived and co-founded by Sarma Melngailis, Pure Food and Wine’s unique culinary take on organic cuisine elevates raw-vegan food to a new place among high-end and concept restaurants.

Sweet Loren’s is an all natural ready-to-bake desserts company.  We offer break-&-bake cookie dough and take-&-bake brownie batter already in a pan.  Founded by Loren Brill, a true believer in the health benefits and superior taste of whole food ingredients, all of Sweet Loren’s products are made with the finest unrefined ingredients.  They are made with 100% whole grains and natural sweeteners, do not contain dairy products or preservatives, and are certified kosher.

Upstate Wine Co., is a distribution company focusing on local family-owned and boutique wineries in the Finger Lakes. Their goal is to build the connection between NYC and the exceptional wines that our land has to offer, as well as to promote local & sustainable practices and eco-friendly wine exchange. They now have 13 estates which are new to the NYC market, and are adding new and exciting wineries to fill out an already outstanding portfolio.

Whole Foods Market sells the highest quality natural and organic products available. We define quality by evaluating ingredients, their freshness, taste, nutritive value and by working closely with our suppliers. We support organic farmers, growers and the environment through our commitment to sustainable agriculture and by expanding the market for organic products. Visit one of our six Whole Foods Market locations in New York City.

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