The Brooklyn Food Conference

Friday, May 01, 2009

The Brooklyn Food Conference brings together food activists, local farmers, health advocates, academics, union leaders and restaurateurs to discuss the challenges facing the global food economy, and what that means for New York. We’ll be joined by conference organizer Nancy Romer and chef Bill Telepan.

The Brooklyn Food Conference is Saturday, May 2, starting at 9:00 am
PS 321 and at John Jay High School
237 7th Avenue in Park Slope
More information here.

Bill Telepan will be participating in a roundtable discussion about sustainable restaurants with Dan Barber, chef and owner of Blue Hill; Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy and Back Forty; David Shea, chef and owner of Applewood; and John Tucker, owner of Rose Water; moderated by Leonard Lopate.


Nancy Romer and Bill Telepan

Comments [7]

Ray Normandeau from

If fast food is unhealthy, why is there a McDonald's inside Elmhurst Hospital?

To be near a cardiology department?

May. 01 2009 08:53 PM
Yvonne Fricker from Jersey City

We solved our problem with bad school lunches by using a gadget called WARMABLES. It keeps food warm like Thermos keeps liquids warm.
We still can not afford to buy organic food. However, we now feed our kids good lunches instead of the chunk they get in school.
It's the best we can do.
You can buy Warmables at their site for about $22.00
Jersey Mom

May. 01 2009 01:48 PM
JP from Garden State

Oh and don’t forget the fantasy that we can feed 300 million people in this country and everyone else we feed in this world by only using the small local family farms. Absolutely no concept of scale on supply and demand is needed just to feed this country and they obviously have not traveled domestically enough in this country to realize that most small family farms were bulldozed over a long time ago to build the over priced houses they live in.

May. 01 2009 01:47 PM
William from Manhattan

One saves quite a bit of money by reducing/eliminating meat. Even organic fruits & vegetables are cheap by comparison. And I'm not even a vegetarian - I just eat out with vegan & vegetarian friends a lot.

BTW, I just got an email from the vegan group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, saying the current H1N1 virus may have originated at Smithfield-owned pig farms in Mexico. They state "One-third to one-half of pigs on modern farms have antibody evidence of the H1N1 virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

May. 01 2009 01:43 PM
JP from Garden State


I agree with you 100%. But you left out the crowd that does not make much money but is willing to make “the sacrifice” to buy way over priced food. They try to make you feel guilty that they value food and health over everything else… Sorry, I just don’t have 3 hours after work to make the perfect healthy dinner just for me. I have no problems with healthy organic food. Just make it so everyone can afford it. Until then, it’s a food movement for the affluent and “foodies”.

May. 01 2009 01:35 PM
Paul B

Given the resources used in the production of meat - feed, water & energy and the enormous amount of pollution caused by effluent from these animals, why are there no workshops at this conference about the benefits of a vegan or vegetarian diet - both for individuals and for the planet as a whole?

May. 01 2009 01:25 PM
JP from Garden State

Real food at actual real affordable prices!!!!! No more elitist $9 a gallon for raw milk that only the affluent can afford!!!! Most people can not afford to shop at Whole foods. Enough of this aristocrat “slow food movement”!!!! Food movement for the everyday blue collar people. And stop blaming fast food for people getting fat!!! How about educating people on how to eat right before you go and outlaw fat and sugar!!!!!!

May. 01 2009 01:18 PM

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