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Babson Food Day: OCTOBER 23, 2014

Food is everybody's business

Five Courses

Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons at Babson Food Day

Babson Entrepreneurs in Residence Andrew Zimmern ("Bizarre Foods") and Gail Simmons ("Top Chef") pictured here with Babson food entrepreneurs are with us all day. Other speakers noted below as they confirm. Stay tuned for updates.

10-11:30 a.m. "Food is Everybody's Business"
Food stories from across the system
Olin Hall

  • Rose Arruda, MA Dept of Ag Resources
  • Sally Sampson, ChopChop Kids
  • Ian So (B'08), The Chicken and Rice Guys
  • Dave Stangis, Campbell Soup Company

12-1:30 p.m. "Marketplace of Great Food + Ideas" with Babson Sustainability and Babson Dining
Food innovation fair + locally-sourced lunch* 
Reynolds Courtyard
*Small cash charge for non-Babson attendees' lunch

2-3:30 p.m. "Quick Service Incubator" with Babson Alumni & Friends Network
Entrepreneurs pitch business challenges to the incubator for feedback and fresh ideas. To apply: please email Food Sol Director Rachel  Greenberger at
Olin Hall

  • Bob Burke (M'87), Natural Products Consulting
  • Adam Melonas, Chew Lab
  • Tom Ryan, Smashburger

4-5 p.m. "Career Pathways into Food" with Babson Centers for Career Development
Career conversation on the food industry with a focus on pathways into the corporate food sector. Company participants share their food stories, which opens into an interactive dialogue with the audience.
Olin Hall

6-7:30 p.m. "Entrepreneurship + Innovation from the Restaurant World"
Restaurant entrepreneurship with local celebrity chefs

  • Skip Bennett, Island Creek Oysters, ICO Bar
  • Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Toro
  • Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery, Myers + Chang
  • Tim & Nancy Cushman, O Ya, Hojoko
  • Tiffani Faison, Sweet Cheeks Q
  • Matthew Gaudet, West Bridge
  • Matt Jennings, Townsman
  • Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo
  • Ken Oringer, Clio, Coppa, Toro, Uni, Earth
  • Michael Scelfo, Alden & Harlow
  • Michael Schlow, Alta Strada, Cavatina, Pine, Tico, Via Matta

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