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Wednesday, September 21 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Food City, USA: How to Build and Sustain a Food Culture for Everyone LIMITED

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Since Pittsburgh's anointment as America's #1 food city, there has been much celebration about the ascension of the city's culinary culture and community. This is great, however, there's a need for an open and transparent conversation about what this actually means long term, and if this type of notoriety is sustainable in the long-term. How do you build from here? What are the necessary steps needed to maintain the momentum? Does everyone have access to these benefits (short answer: no)? It doesn’t just end with food. The culture extends itself into a culture of microbreweries and craft beer that industry leaders that also make Pittsburgh their home.


Moderators
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Leah Lizarondo

Founder, The Brazen Kitchen
Leah Lizarondo is Co-Founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue. 412 Food Rescue works to eliminate hunger and promote a healthy environment by rescuing viable food about to go to waste and redirecting to nonprofits that serve those who are food insecure. 412 Food Rescue is an innovative approach to food recovery with rapid response reverse logistics model that utilizes technology to aggregate and automatically match food donors and beneficiaries. The organization works with a network of dedicated volunteers and deploys a scalable technology and replicable model designed to eliminate food waste at the retail level. Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction and is an advocate for healthy food accessibility, food safety policy and sustainability. She has also trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods and technology before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She has a track record of leadership in nonprofits in New York and Pittsburgh. She is interested in social innovation and technology and mines her experience launching startups as she works to establish 412 Food Rescue. Leah is an active advocate for food, health and innovation in Pittsburgh. She is also the founder of The Brazen Kitchen, an award-winning blog and Pittsburgh Magazine weekly column. Leah is currently Editor-at-Large for NEXTpittsburgh, covering social innovation... Read More →

Speakers
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Jamilka Borges

Chef, Spoon
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Sandy Cindrich

CEO, Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pittsburgh native Sandy Cindrich was named President and CEO of Pennsylvania | Brewing Co (Penn Brewery) in July, 2010. She, along with two other local craft beer | lovers, Linda Nyman and Corey Little, purchased the controlling interest of Penn | Brewery in November 2009. | | Cindrich became a fan of craft beer over 13 years ago when her husband Gary took an | interest in home brewing and supporting craft breweries from around the area. | Prior to her involvement with Penn Brewery, Cindrich worked for both USX Steel | Corporation and BNY Mellon, specializing in software engineering and project | management. | | Cindrich grew up in Baldwin Borough. She attended Baldwin High School and the | University of Pittsburgh. She received her... Read More →
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Joe Hilty

Owner, The Vandal
Joey Hilty is the owner of "The Vandal", a neighborhood cafe in Lawrenceville ( with accolades from the NYT, Zagat, EATER, etc).  Despite being 28 years old, he has an extensive background in the Food and Beverage world and remains a student of food culture, more specifically the... Read More →
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Scott Smith

East End Brewing Company
Scott ditched his corporate engineering job in 2004 and first started brewing beer commercially in his original Homewood Brewery. After moving both the Brewery and the Strip District "Growler Shop" to vastly new and improved locations, East End has grown to become a staple of the Pittsburgh Craft Beer scene, with the city's largest barrel aging program. East... Read More →
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Jake Voelker

Voodoo Brewing Company
I am a principal of Voodoo Brewing Company and Owner of Voelker Project Management.

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Wednesday September 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

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