Highlights Announced for [email protected] Presented by Visit Baltimore

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:00am

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces schedule highlights for [email protected] presented by Visit Baltimore, one of six [email protected] innovation conferences bringing together local and national innovators and thought leaders across key industries during Light City 2017. Presented by Visit Baltimore, FoodLab unites acclaimed culinary thinkers and chefs with local personalities in Baltimore’s food scene to explore the world of food and how our attitudes toward what we eat may change the trajectory of society. [email protected] takes place at the Columbus Center at 701 E. Pratt Street on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Among the nationally acclaimed chefs participating in FoodLab are Chef Jeff Henderson, Creator of theFood Network’s “The Chef Jeff Project” and host of “Flip My Food,” who will be delivering an opening keynote for attendees on the power of culinary training for citizens transitioning into the workforce. Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef, restaurateur and author, will give the closing keynote and a cooking demonstration of Berbere Smoked Gravlax with Deviled Eggs and Pickled Mustard and Fried Chicken with Killer Collards with samples for the audience.

Baltimore’s own Spike Gjerde, 2015 James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef: Mid Atlantic and co-owner of Woodberry Kitchen will provide a wholesome, local, sustainable lunch to the audience for $3.19 per person, the same as it costs to produce the average school cafeteria lunch. Using the lunch as a starting point, Gjerde will investigate the cost of the food Baltimoreans eat, from school lunchroom to steakhouse.

Other session highlights include “The Human Centered Food Business: the Intersection of Food & Community” moderated by Dooby’s ownerPhil Han; “Food Fairness in Urban America: Building Intentional Equality in our Food System” featuring FoodTank founder Danielle Nierenberg and “The Church Pantry: Rethinking our institutions as Community Hubs for Food and Commerce” with Reverend Heber Brown III, founder of the Black Church Food Security Network.

In addition to the interactive sessions, audience members will enjoy ice cream sampling from Taharka Bros. and a “#MadeinBaltimore Food Innovators Happy Hour” in partnership with Cureate, featuring 20-25 #MadeinBaltimore food and beverage vendors that will showcase various food and drink samples for the audience.

Tickets for FoodLab are $149 and can be purchased at www.lightcity.org/labs.  Community members who would like to attend but cannot afford the ticket price can apply for a no-cost ticket through the Light City Luminary Program. Groups of ten or more are eligible for a bulk purchase rate of $99 per ticket and can be arranged by contacting the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632. For more information on [email protected], visit www.lightcity.org/labs-at-light-city. Stay connected with [email protected] via Facebook.com/labsatlightcity, Twitter: @LabsAtLightCity and Instagram: @LabsAtLightCity


About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events agency, and film office. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. For more information, visit www.promotionandarts.org.


About Visit Baltimore

Visit Baltimore is the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit www.baltimore.org.


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