SXSW 2023 All Things Food Summit


The official SXSW “All Things Food” Summit, presented by Food Tank, Huston-Tillotson University, and Driscoll’s and streaming live from Austin, features 50+ luminary speakers—including chefs, policymakers, farmers, business leaders, food systems advocates—panel conversations, a theatrical performance, and more!

9:30AM. Welcome. Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank

9:35AM – 10:05AM. “We’ve Had the Answers All Along.”
A-dae Romero Briones, First Nations Development Institute
Alex Racelis, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor
Moderated by Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, WeDontHaveTime

10:05AM – 10:35AM. “A Business Sustainability Case Study: Chicken & Eggs.”
Andrea Chu, Vital Farms
Sandra Vijn, Kipster
Matt Dillon, Farmer Focus
Moderated by Mary Beth Albright, Washington Post

10:35AM – 11:05AM. “What is the Future of Meat?”
Shannon Cosentino-Roush, Finless Foods
Kerri McClimen, Niman Ranch
Taeryn Kim, Wildtype
Evadne Cokeh, ButcherBox
Andre Menezes, Next Gen Foods
Moderated by Chloe Sorvino, Forbes

11:05AM – 12:05PM. Performance and Panel Discussion: “Working Families are the Heart of a Growing Food Movement.”

Special Theatrical Performance of “Little Peasants” by Food Tank. Written by Danielle Nierenberg and Bernard Pollack. Directed by Kristen Osborn.

Cast Members:
Chloe Whitehead (as Molly)
Macy Butler (as Jackie)
Rachel Aston Warren (as Regina)
Immanuel Thomas (as Carlos)
Mackenzie Mack Thornton (as Ashley)

Panel Discussion: “Food Workers are Driving a Resurgence in the Labor Movement”
Stuart Appelbaum, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
Michael “Big Mike” Foster, Former Wayne Farms Poultry Worker
Moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank

12:05PM – 12:30PM. “Rethinking Urban Food Production.”
Tiffany Washington, Dobbin-Kauv Farm
Viraj Puri, Gotham Greens
Jacob Pechenik, Lettuce Grow
Marc Oshima, AeroFarms
Moderated by Nadia Chaudhury, Eater Austin

12:30PM – 1:00PM. “Businesses Doing More Than ‘Greenwishing’” Part 1.
Emily Ma, Google
Alejandra Sanchez, Driscoll’s
Riana Lynn, Journey Foods
Denise Osterhues, Kroger
Moderated by Natalie Byrne, Blankspace

1:00PM – 1:30PM. “Businesses Doing More Than ‘Greenwishing’” Part 2.
Pierre Thiam, Yolele
Kathleen Strand, Builders Vision
Jess Baum, Bonterra Organic Estates
Moderated by Teresa Welsh, Devex

1:35PM – 1:55PM A Special Fireside Conversation with U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer about food policy moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank


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