Future of Sustainable Food (Jan 24th)



Wednesday, Jan 24th: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves)
New York, NY 10019

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They say, “you are what you eat,” but do you truly understand what you’re eating, where it is come from, and the impact it has? 

The journey of your food is often invisible and begins well before you find it in the market, much less fork it on your plate. Through new innovations, the food system is evolving to accommodate a growing demand for sustainable sources, ingredients, and the distribution. And with growing concern about climate change and nutrition, these innovations are more important than ever before. 

Join us for an engaging conversation with a diverse panel of sustainable food experts sharing their insights on trends, challenges, and opportunities in the sustainable food space to not only better understand what’s on your plate, but also how it got into your shopping cart and onto your dinner table. 

Come for the conversation, leave with some food for thought.

{Drinks & snacks will be provided!}


  • 6:30 – 7:00 – Doors Open & Networking 
  • 7:10 – 8:10pm – Intro & Panel 
  • 8:10 – 8:30pm – Q&A 
  • 8:30 – 9:00pm – Networking & Closing


  • Taylor Lanzet, Director of Supply and Sourcing, Dig Inn
  • Wen-Jay Ying, Founder and Director, Local Roots NYC 
  • Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
  • Andrew Ive, Managing Director, FOOD-X
  • Jean de Barrau, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, Danone


Taylor Lanzet, Director of Supply and Sourcing, Dig Inn 

Taylor Lanzet is the Director of Supply and Sourcing of Dig Inn, a vegetable-forward, farm-to-counter restaurant group. Dig Inn offers an alternative to the industrial food system by cultivating a network of sustainable farmers and producers to bring tasty, healthful and mindfully sourced food to everyone. Taylor focuses on Dig Inn’s sourcing and sustainability initiatives within the supply chain — working directly with farmers to source underutilized vegetables, efforts to work with women and marginalized farmers, and new approaches to disrupt the bind between economic status and ability to eat good food. 

Prior to Dig Inn, Taylor graduated from Brown University (’15) with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. While at Brown, Taylor managed a food hub, recognized by the USDA and White House, which connects low-income Brown students, staff and faculty with healthy and local produce. Taylor has also worked with the RI Department of Environmental Management to write and revise state agriculture policy for a sustainable farming grants program.

Wen-Jay Ying, Founder and Director, Local Roots NYC 

Wen-Jay Ying is the founder and director of Local Roots NYC which inspires a new home cooking culture through local food and community. Their 23 subscription-based produce markets offer all local and sustainable products; everything from veggies to meat, eggs, a zero food waste option and more. Local Root NYC is turning grocery shopping from an errand into a social event by having markets located in bars, cafes, and offices.

Ying was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Former Mayor Bloomberg and named NY1’s New Yorker of The Week. Ying is an alumnus of The Good Work Institute and speaks at the International Culinary Center Farm to Table School on local agriculture. She was a special guest invited to attend the 50th year anniversary UN Global Goals Gala due to her work in the field of sustainability and agriculture and has presented local food system to Chinese delegates at City Hall.

Wen-Jay believes a stronger connection to our food, neighbors, and land can create tremendous positive change. She’s got a sidekick corgi, has played in numerous bands in a previous lifetime, and views cooking as an art form we can all take part in.

Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA 

Richard McCarthy embodies the phrase “think globally; act locally.” He joined Slow Food USA as Executive Director in January 2013, having previously served as Executive Director of Market Umbrella, an internationally recognized non-profit mentor organization for farmers markets, community building and sustainable economic development. After Hurricane Katrina, Richard played a key role in restarting the local agricultural economy in the New Orleans area, aiming to help provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience through the revival of farmers markets. 

From 2005-2007, Richard served as a founding President for the Farmers Market Coalition, the national voice for farmers markets, which contributed to the development of the US Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program, yielding $32 million over seven years to farmers market innovation and professionalism. 

Richard was named a “Hero of the New South” in 2012 by Southern Living Magazine and a “Public Health Champion” in 2004 by the Tulane University School of Public Health. He earned his master’s degree at the London School of Economics and his bachelor’s degree at Richmond, The American University of London. When he’s not dreaming up new projects, he enjoys playing squash, gardening and cooking vegetarian meals with his family at home.

Andrew Ive, Managing Director, FOOD-X 

Andrew is the Managing Director at Food-X, #1 global food accelerator. While leading Food-X, Andrew has invested in 30+ early stage food companies across multiple business models including software, hardware, consumer products and biotech. Helping them with their strategies, launch, scaling and funding.

P&G brand trained, in his dorm room at HBS, raised angel funds, established a Chinese manufacturing facility, and a sales force selling his first solo product line into major US retailers. In his next second Silicon Valley based company, raised $20M+ to focus on the data challenge between retailers and vendors. That company was acquired.

Andrew has focused on building and advising innovative high-growth businesses in multiple verticals for two decades. He served on the Board of the Small Business Council of the Department of Trade and Industry advising the UK Government on entrepreneurship; the National Science Foundation on startup grant awards, the Investment Task Force and the Center for Policy Studies.

Andrew is also an author and his first product, the X-IT Ladder, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Reach out to Andrew if you want to join Food-X.

Jean de Barrau, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, Danone

Jean de Barrau is the Sustainable Agriculture Director at DanoneWave, a multinational French company whose mission is to “bring health through food to as many people as possible.” He has been an integral part of Danone for the past six years, and is spearheading a program that aims to improve soil health, water quality and usage, biodiversity, animal welfare, and carbon sequestration.

Motivated by the Danone motto “One Planet, One Health,” Jean believes that sustainable agriculture can only be obtained by tackling the entire agricultural ecosystem, composed of farmers, environment, and profitability.

Originally from France, Jean has a Master’s in International Purchasing & Innovation Management from MAI Bordeaux Ecole de Management. He is continuously driven by new challenges, cultures, and a love of languages; his open-minded and enthusiastic nature has led him to live in Russia, Spain, and currently the US.


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. His passion is working with professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to help them pursue work they are passionate about, build authentic personal brands, become financially successful, and create lives that make the world a better place. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Executive Director of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community and professional development hub in New York City. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. Marcos is a board member of the Young Professionals Nonprofit Network and an American Express Leadership Academy Fellow. You can learn more about him at www.MarcosSalazar.com.


Founded in 2010, Harmless Harvest is a progressive food & beverage initiative set to demonstrate that ecosystem-based businesses can outcompete the conventional model. By integrating the long term welfare of all its stakeholders – from plant to customer – Harmless Harvest has taken the food and beverage world by storm, rising to the top of the industry in record time. 

Harmless Harvest is dedicated to generating positive feedback loops between people and plants. Their vision is a world where nutritious, clean, organic and healthy food and beverages are the standard rather than the exception; where all people involved in the chain of custody are treated with fairness; and the planet is treated harmlessly.

Five Acre Farms is a brand that brings the best local food to the supermarket. They’re starting in the Northeast. All of their products are grown and prepared within 275 miles of where they are sold. Their first products are whole, reduced fat and skim milk, heavy cream and half & half, eggs, apple juice, apple sauce and seasonal apple cider, kefir, and buttermilk. They find great farmers using sustainable practices, pay them fairly and tell their stories to consumers. They’re priced so as many people as possible can buy local.


A guild for 21st-century craft promoting slow entrepreneurship and intentional service. Unequal parts cafe, living room, workshop, collaboratory, rooftop garden, and upstate retreat space on a biodynamic farm. Learn more at http://primeproduce.org/.



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