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Livestream from MDC Wolfson Campus

Morning Sessions

Food Policy: How Labels, Laws, and Taxes Affect Your Health


Registration & Healthy Breakfast

9:20am Welcome:

Dr. Richard Soria — President, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

9:30 — 10:30am

Keynote Presentation — “Food Politics: From Personal Responsibility to Social Responsibility”
Dr. Marion Nestle, author of “Food Politics” and other groundbreaking books and founder of the Food Studies program at NYU.

10:30 — 11:15am

"The Sugar Wars: How the Battle Against Public Health Enemy #1 is Being Waged"
Featured Guest: Sara Soka — Public Health Policy and Communications Consultant with Ninjas for Health, and Campaign Manager for the Berkeley Soda Tax, the First to Successfully Pass in the U.S.
— (In Dialogue with Tom Hudson — WLRN-Sunshine Economy)

11:15 — 11:45am

"Chile’s Controversial New Food Labels: Are On-Package Warnings Against Dangerous Nutritional Elements Improving Public Health in this South American Nation?"
Featured Guest: Boris Hirmas, Founder & Chairman of SouthAm Freeze Dry (Invited)
— (In Dialogue with Tom Hudson)

11:45 — 12: 30pm

Lunch on the Sky Terrace:
Healthy Boxed lunch provided by Miami Dade College

Afternoon Sessions

Food Innovation and Inspiring the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs

12:30 — 1:00pm

Growing it Big in Miami — Inspiring the Future of Food Entrepreneurs
“Reinventing Fast Food” with Featured Guests Shannon & Ray Allen

— Founders of Grown, the first USDA Certified Organic Fast Food Restaurant in the East Coast
— (In Dialogue with Evan Benn, Editor Indulge Magazine; former food editor Miami Herald)

1:00 — 2:00pm

“Growing it Big in Miami” (panel)
• Brad Kilgore: Culinary Director at the Adrienne Arsht Center
• Alison Burgos: Founder, Seed Food & Wine Festival
• Joel Pollock: Founder, Panther Coffee
• Della Heiman: Founder, The Wynwood Yard
• Julie Frans: "From the Ground Up" Culinary Consulting, Chef, & VP of Slow Food Miami
• Evan Benn, Moderator

2:00 — 2:45pm

Food Culture 2.0: Building Better Brands in the Digital Age (panel)
• Marion Marvil: Managing Director of Marketing of Natcom Global Media
• Richard Ingraham: Chef & CEO of Chef RLI
• JennyLee Molina: Founder of JLPR
• Nidal Barake: CEO of Gluttonomy.com
• Lisa Petrillo, Moderator – CBS Miami Entertainment & Lifestyle Reporter

2:45 — 4:00pm

Made in Miami Tastings with 3:05 Cafecito Break
• Puroast Coffee
• Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream
• Panther Coffee - Cold Brew
• Della Bowls - The Wynwood Yard
• Manna Life Food
• Nutrition Smart
• JugoFresh

MC for the day: Juan Mendieta, Director of Communications, Miami Dade College

*High School Students Only — (Separate from main conference):

12:30 — 1:30pm  “So You Want to be a Food Artisan?”
Hosted by Gretchen Schmidt — Editor of Edible South Florida
Program Tracks:
1.  Urban DIY Gardens
Facilitated by Alison Walker & Heidi Lellelid of the Earth Ethics Institute, MDC
2.  The How-to Guide to Becoming a Food Entrepreneur
Private Chef/Catering – Chef Richard Ingraham & Chef RLI Partner — Soley Gonzalez
Food Artisan – Luisa Santos, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream
Restaurateur – Sabra Seligman, Owner, Manna Life Food
Food Artisan – TBA

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