2017 JBF Food Summit:
Consuming Power

October 23–24, 2017
Convene Conference Center
New York City

$500 early bird registration available through October 2.

What do Americans want from their food? What do the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable food system look like in the new political landscape? Where are the new levers of change for policy and business? How can we engage consumers to encourage companies and governments to provide the healthful and delicious food everyone wants to eat. And what role can chefs and other leaders in the culinary industry play?

Join leading strategists, business executives, policy makers, nonprofit directors, consumer behavior specialists, philanthropists, and other leaders for one of the most important, impactful and inspiring gatherings of the year.

Speakers include: 
  • Deb Eschmeyer, Social Impact Entrepreneur, Food Policy Expert, Farmer 
  • Jill Gress, Vice President, Radius Global Market Research
  • Tamar Haspel, Journalist, Washington Post
  • Jonas Kaplan, Assistant Research Professor of Psychology, Brain and Creativity Institute and Co-Director of the Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, University of South Carolina
  • Sam Kass, Founder, Trove
  • Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health and International Affairs and Co-Director, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University 
  • Matt Salzberg, Founder and CEO, Blue Apron
  • Mark Schatzker, Author, The Dorito Effect and Steak
  • Mary Wagner, Founder and President, MK Wagner & Associates, and formerly Research and Development with Starbucks, Mars, E. & J. Gallo Winery, and Taco Bell
Check out the 2017 JBF Food Summit agenda.
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Archive: 2016 JBF Food Conference

Our 2016 conference explored the making of a food movement. See archived video and the list of speakers.  


JBF Leadership Awards

The JBF Food Summit coincides with the annual JBF Leadership Awards, taking place during the evening of the first day of the Summit, at Hearst Tower in New York City. The dinner and ceremony celebrates visionaries creating a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world. Check out more details and the list of this year’s honorees


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“The James Beard Foundation Food Conference was a catalyst for realizing the necessity to capitalize on intelligent, committed entrepreneurs in the food system by formally creating a venture fund to meet the growing needs of this good food sector.” 

—Jason Ingle, Founder, Closed Loop Capital and Greener Partners

Questions? Please contact foodconference@jamesbeard.org.

View footage from our 2015 Food Conference and 2014 Food Conference.