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Babson Food Day: OCTOBER 23, 2014

Food is everybody's business

​​What is Food Day?

Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring people together to celebrate and enjoy real food, resolve to make changes in our own diets, and to push for improved food policies at the local, state, and national level. 

October 23—Food Day​ Eve—Food Sol will host the fourth annual Babson Food Day as part of the national movement. Join Babson Entrepreneurs in Residence Andrew Zimmern (“Bizarre Foods”) and Gail Simmons (“Top Chef”)—pictured here with Babson food entrepreneurs—as well as the food leaders and influencers noted below.

Five Courses

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

  • Rose Arruda, Urban Ag Coordinator, MDAR
  • Dr. Fred Opie, Professor of History and Foodways
  • Sally Sampson, Founder, ChopChop Kids
  • Ian So (B'08), Founder, Chicken and Rice Guys
  • Dave Stangis, VP, Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Campbell Soup Company
  • Gail Simmons, Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Andrew Zimmern, Entrepreneur in Residence

12-1:30 p.m. "Marketplace of Great Food + Ideas" with Babson Sustainability and Babson Dining
Food innovation fair + locally-sourced lunch* 
Reynolds Courtyard
* There is $6 cash charge for the lunch for non-Babson attendees

2-3:30 p.m. "Quick Service Incubator" with Babson Alumni & Friends Network
Entrepreneurs each pitch a business challenge to the audience, which then divides into small groups for rapid brainstorming on possible solutions. Audience and guest experts then pitch possibilities back to the entrepreneurs. This signature Food Sol design emphasizes multidisciplinary problem solving and learning for the whole room.
Glavin Chapel

  • Heather Ahern (M'12) & Alison Darnell (M'09), Atlantic Saltworks
  • Mike Angelov (B'05) & Alex Burakovsky (B'01), GrillEasy
  • Octavia Costea (M'15), Spreads and Beyond
  • Gisela Macedo (M'15), Brazilian candy concept

Guest Experts

  • Bob Burke (M'87), Owner, Natural Products Consulting
  • Adam Melonas, Founder, Chew Lab
  • Tom Ryan, Founder, Smashburger
  • Gail Simmons, Babson Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Andrew Zimmern, Babson Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Moderator: Rachel Greenberger (M'11), Director, Food Sol

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

  • Bruno Andreoli, Brand Manager, SmartOnes (H.J. Heinz) 
  • Mindi Gale, Senior Recruiter, Sodexo
  • Jamin Hemenway, Senior Brand Manager, Stonyfield
  • Paul McGillivray (M'91), VP Sales and Merchandising, Roche Bros.
  • Moderator: Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

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

  • 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
  • Ken Oringer, Clio, Coppa, Toro, Uni, Earth
  • Michael Scelfo, Alden & Harlow
  • Michael Schlow, Alta Strada, Cavatina, Pine, Tico, Via Matta
  • Moderators: Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern

Babson Food Day is powered by:

First Republic Bank​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​