2013 Food Conference Partners


EDENS is focused on enriching communities through its innovative retail centers. By thinking differently about a basic need – food – the company combines contemporary chefs and restaurants with avant–garde shopping and beautiful, sustainable design. EDENS has a portfolio of 111 retail centers with Regional Headquarters in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami and Columbia, SC. For more about the company, visit edens.com

Grace Communications Foundation

GRACE Communications Foundation
GRACE Communications Foundation partners with the James Beard Foundation to highlight sustainable food leaders. Our future depends on more balanced and sustainable food, water, and energy systems and GRACE highlights the interconnections among these systems, educating consumers, advocates, and policy makers through such innovative web-based initiatives as Sustainable Table, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Network for New Energy Choices, H2O Conserve, and the Ecocentric blog. We also collaborate 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 Mondays prompt to start and sustain healthy behaviors. Learn more at gracelinks.org.


Bon Appétit Management Company
Bon Appétit Management Company is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, and specialty venues. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Bon Appétit has more than 500 cafés in 32 states, including at Twitter, Oracle, eBay, Duke University, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and the Getty Center. All Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit is the first food service company to address local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworker welfare. It has received numerous awards for its work, from organizations including the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative, Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, and The Humane Society of the United States. Learn more at bamco.com or watch our 5-minute video.

Karp Resources
Founded in 1990, Karp Resources is a food business consultancy that brokers relationships and develops strategic solutions to food and organizational problems. We support the healthy development, execution, and operations of food businesses and initiatives in the public and private sectors, and build cross sector programs among unlikely partners—food manufacturers and farmers, community-based groups and corporations, developers and food educators. Karp Resources’ clients include corporations, government agencies, small businesses, non-profits, and educational organizations in the United States and United Kingdom. Learn more at KarpResources.com.


EmblemHealth, Inc.
EmblemHealth Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people.  An integral part of the New York community, EmblemHealth’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of New Yorkers means working in close partnership with the organizations that serve New York City neighborhoods. EmblemHealth supports charitable organizations and devotes significant resources to create opportunities that educate and connect with our members and the community at large. We support efforts to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to areas in need and information on good nutrition and how to prepare healthy foods.  Through our commitment and community-based connections, we are determined to use our local presence and knowledge to make our neighborhoods healthier places to live. For more information, visit emblemhealth.com.

Good Housekeeping
Founded in 1885, Good Housekeeping magazine reaches 24 million readers each month—one out of every five women in America. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI), which is home to the Good Housekeeping Seal and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, was founded in 1900 and is dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families through education and consumer product assessment. Good Housekeeping’s commitment to improving how American families eat started when it championed the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. That commitment continues today throughout all of the magazine’s food and nutrition editorial and it’s signature healthy eating programs. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Good Housekeeping publishes 9 editions around the world. Good Housekeeping is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®
Seafood Watch’s mission is to engage and empower consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in the most environmentally-friendly ways. Launched in 1999, Seafood Watch evaluates the fisheries and fish farms that supply the U.S. seafood market and offers science-based recommendations on the best choices to buy or avoid. We work with chefs across North America to transform the seafood marketplace to one where environmentally responsible seafood is available and consumed. With their influence on our tastes, chefs have the unique ability to move our consumption away from salmon, shrimp and tuna and towards a diet of diverse and sustainable species that can feed us deliciously far into the future. Learn more at SeafoodWatch.org.

Taylor Shellfish Farms
In the 1890s our family began farming shellfish in the Puget Sound. Five generations later, we continue to provide our customers with the best shellfish the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Through family dedication and the assistance of committed employees, we maintain our tradition of sustainable farming through new techniques and innovative growing methods. Our family is proud to grow high quality clams, oysters, mussels, and geoducks straight from tidelands across Western Washington and British Columbia. Taste our product to experience what we have perfected over the last 100 years. Learn more at taylorshellfishfarms.com.

United States Healthful Food Council
The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of Americans by increasing the consumption of healthful and sustainable food and beverages. Utilizing a flexible, points-based nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program similar to LEED®, the USHFC certifies restaurants and other foodservice establishments for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL). For more about the USHFC and REAL Certification, please visit eatreal.org.