Branchfood's Annual Holiday Bash
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Branchfood's Annual Holiday Bash

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It’s been another record-breaking year for food startups in New England!

Some are winning awards for their contributions towards preserving natural resources, others are winning competitions to have the resources, tools and advice needed to bring their business to the next level.

We have seen Boston-based startups expand nationally, and others bringing on major funding for growth. 

Join us in celebration of these companies and more at our holiday gathering for food on Wednesday, December 13th!

Branchfood, Clover Food Lab, and Wolf & Company are teaming up once again to celebrate the awesome work of our fellow food innovators, startups, and entrepreneurs starting at 7PM at Clover Food Lab in Boston's Financial District. 

We'll provide delicious bites from Clover, beer, wine, cider, and treats from local food startups launching and expanding to Boston! 

We will also be hosting a raffle for an exciting prize! Be sure to bring your business card and drop it in our raffle bowl when you check-in for your chance to win!

Schedule:

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Networking and Food Tasting

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Presentations from leading food thought leaders

8:30PM - 10:00PM - Networking, Food Tasting, and Celebrating

Additional parking information can be found here.

Checkin when you arrive and make sure you get a gift bag! 

Big thank you to our sponsors and featuring companies!

Clover Food Lab, Wolf and Company, MITFAC &

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January Community Table
Jan
4
12:00 PM12:00

January Community Table

Thursday, January 4, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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February Community Table
Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

February Community Table

Thursday, February 1, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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March Community Table
Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

March Community Table

Thursday, March 1, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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April Community Table
Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

April Community Table

Thursday, April 5, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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May Community Table
May
3
12:00 PM12:00

May Community Table

Thursday, May 3, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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June Community Table
Jun
7
12:00 PM12:00

June Community Table

Thursday, June 7, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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July Community Table
Jul
5
12:00 PM12:00

July Community Table

Thursday, July 5, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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August Community Table
Aug
2
12:00 PM12:00

August Community Table

Thursday, August 2, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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September Community Table
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

September Community Table

Thursday, September 6, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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October Community Table
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

October Community Table

Thursday, October 4, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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November Community Table
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

November Community Table

Thursday, November 1, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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December Community Table
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

December Community Table

Thursday, December 6, 2018   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor, Meridian Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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December Community Table
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

December Community Table

Thursday, December 7, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
20th Floor Lighthouse Conference Space

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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November Community Table
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

November Community Table

Thursday, November 2, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor Anchor Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Media Training for Food Entrepreneurs
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Media Training for Food Entrepreneurs

Do you want to learn how to turn that random follower into a raving fan? 
Join Branchfood for a Media Training workshop with the founders of FRESH Communications and learn how to create authentic, engaging, credible content that makes people hungry for more! 

Overview of the knowledge you will gain:

  • Intro – Why media train?
  • The FRESH 5 Step Method – You will go through our five step communications method which includes two exercises aimed at helping you develop your core message and three supporting proof points. You will learn tips and tricks on communications skills to help you nail an interview (whether on the phone, video conferencing or in person).
  • Practice – You will get to practice your interviewing skills in a mock senario and we will provide customized feedback.
  • Elevator Pitch – You will acquire the tools necessary to create an elevator pitch, have time to create your own and share with the other attendees.

FRESH Communications provides public relations, marketing and communication services for food & nutrition companies. The founders Sheri and Stephanie believe that everyone deserves access to healthy foods and, that identifying those foods should be simple. They strive to help you develop real relationships with people through expert storytelling, insightful communication, and nutrition guidance. The FRESH approach is about forming an unbreakable bond with your customers.

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Has Mary Really Gone Crackers? A fireside chat with Mary Waldner
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Has Mary Really Gone Crackers? A fireside chat with Mary Waldner

Looking to launch a high-growth food product? Interested in learning from the experts?

On Thursday, October 5th, Branchfood is delighted to host Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, for a fireside chat starting at 6pm at CIC Kendall in Cambridge. We'll be talking with Mary about her humble beginnings as a passionate, gritty food entrepreneur and how she grew her company to 250 employees, eventually selling it to a Japanese company. Join us to learn more about her journey, what she did right, what she should have done differently, and get your burning questions answered! 

Snacks and drinks will be provided at the event.

About Mary:
Inspired by her own struggles with Celiac Disease, Mary sought to ameliorate the shortage of nutritious and delicious, gluten free options available in grocery stores. Using her hand-crafted recipes, she founded Mary's Gone Crackers in 2004 and the product quickly became a big hit among consumers. In 2008, Mary's Gone Crackers Original was awarded the Sofi Gold for the most outstanding cracker at the New York Fancy Food Show. In 2012, Mary's Gone Crackers joined with Kameda Seika, the leading maker of rice crackers in Japan, to expand her healthful products to a wider audience. Mary holds a Master's degree in clinical psychology, and prior to Mary's Gone Crackers, she practiced as a psychotherapist for 26 years. Her background as a healer and food company entrepreneur is unique and allows her to connect with a variety of audiences.

Included in this event will be samples of Mary's Gone Crackers products paired with food samples from surrounding Boston-based startups.

We are excited about this opportunity and hope you can join!

Mary's Gone Crackers Fireside Chat
Thursday, October 5th, 2017
6:00 - 8:00PM

CIC Cambridge
101 Main Street, Floor 15
Cambridge, MA 02142

Schedule

  • Event networking + tasting begins at 6:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm
  • Q&A Session at 7:15 pm
  • Event ends at 8:00 pm
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October Community Table
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

October Community Table

Thursday, October 5, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor Anchor Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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September Community Table
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

September Community Table

Thursday, September 7, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
5th Floor Anchor Conference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Byte Boston
Aug
10
3:00 PM15:00

Byte Boston

DESCRIPTION

Perhaps you're making a move to Boston to launch your new food venture? Or maybe you've been working here a while but you've never engaged in the food community? Or you simply see the flaws in our food system and want to know what solutions are at the forefront of sustainable change?

Join Branchfood for an immersive walking tour of Boston's food startup ecosystem. Meet leaders in the food innovation community, discover emerging companies disrupting the food system, and talk directly with fellow entrepreneurs.

With Boston's 1st Food Innovation Startup Tour, Branchfood aims to set your bearings and empower you to make the most of the Boston food startup ecosystem.

 

Featuring:

Branchfood

Branchfood seeks to promote food entrepreneurship and support the community of founders launching and scaling transformative businesses as the largest community of food innovators in New England. By uniting the community of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, investors, industry professionals, and mission driven organizations passionate about food, Branchfood aspires to create a sustainable food system.

Spotlight: Lauren Abda, Founder and CEO

Lauren's work is focused on connecting the community of food innovators and also aggregating resources for food entrepreneurs to help their businesses launch and grow in Boston. Prior to Branchfood, she consulted for foodtech companies in Boston and San Francisco and worked as an analyst for a venture capital firm focused on early stage foodtech investment.

Red's Best @ The Fish Pier

You probably know your dentist and your accountant but you may not know your fishermen even though they feed you. Meet Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, who aggregates catch directly from over 1,000 small, independent New England fishing boats annually. Their mission is to sustain the livelihoods of American fishermen and their families while sustaining fisheries for harvest.

Spotlight: Jared Auerbach, CEO & Owner

Throughout his nine years experience in the seafood industry, Jared has held positions in every aspect of the supply chain including three years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and New England. He started Red’s Best in 2008 and has grown it from scratch.

Freight Farms

Freight Farms addresses the needs of the changing food landscape by providing the physical and digital tools to create local produce ecosystems on a global scale. With the right tools, infrastructure, and support anyone can become a freight farmer, regardless of their background or geographic location.

Spotlight: Caroline Katsiroubas, Director of Marketing

Caroline began as a Community Manager at Freight Farms and became the Director of Marketing after 4 years, further supporting the company's mission to change the global food system. Prior to rising up the ladder at Freight Farms, Caroline served Community Outreach Intern for the National Park Service and as a Project Assistant at the Environmental Health Fund.

Clover Food Lab

Clover Food Lab is a fast casual chain founded and run in Boston. The company seeks to decrease the ecological footprint of the food industry by offering a simple menu that changes day to day and with the seasons based on what is available from local farmers and includes a large mix of organic ingredients. Despite Clover Food Lab's focus on local, sustainable and vegetarian food, the restaurant consciously avoids branding it's food as such in order to appeal to a wider audience.

FAQ:

How much walking is involved?

By walking just 2 miles, we will get to explore the city's food startup scene from the ground up. We'll traverse a handful of locations in the historic Downtown Boston. We encourage all attendees to wear comfortable shoes.

Will any food or drinks be provided?

Of course! Fruit, protein bars, chips, and (of course!) Swoffle'swill be available in the Branchfood workspace, and you can fill up your water bottle with juice or in Branchfood's Bevi machine with a seleciton flavored & sparkling waters. Additionally, most of our stops will offer a sample of their product!

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August Community Table
Aug
3
12:00 PM12:00

August Community Table

Thursday, August 3, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  Anchor COnference Room

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Second Annual Business of Beer
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

Second Annual Business of Beer

The Business of Beer: Panel and Tasting

Dream of starting your own brewery? Have a hobby you'd like to turn into a business? Or do you just love craft beer?

Boston's craft beer scene is bubbling! Local companies are disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors, and combinations that rival the oldest brands.
On Thursday, July 27th, Branchfood is teaming up with the CIC to chat about the business of brewing and understand the past, present, and future of the Boston beer scene. Join us for a panel of beer experts from local breweries - large, small, and in between - who will tell us how they got started, where they found funding, and how they brew, market, package, sell, and distribute their product.

Come thirsty and hungry! We'll have a full beer tasting and catered from Dig Inn (included in the price of the ticket). See below for more details.

The Business of Beer
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
6:00 - 8:30
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street, 20th Floor
Lighthouse Conference Center

Beer Tasting: Enjoy small pours of seasonal favorites and new brews you haven't tried before. The following companies will be sampling their beers. Taste them all!

  • Revival Brewing Co.
  • Democracy Brewing
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Ipswich Ale Brewery
  • & more!

Food: Din Inn will be providing a full selection of locally-sourced food for attendees.

Schedule:

  • Beer tasting starts at 6:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:45 pm
  • Q&A Session at 7:30 pm
  • Event ends at 8:30 pm

Panelists

  • Revival Brewing Co.
  • Democracy Brewing
  • & more!

About the Speakers

Owen Johnson
Chairman and CEO
Revival Brewing Company

A lifelong entrepreneur and early-stage startup investor, Owen has co-founded 9 ventures and invested in over 90 companies. He brings over 20 years of hands-on startup experience to the companies and founders with whom he works. Owen holds an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a mentor for the MIT 100k Business Plan Competition and a business plan judge for the Brown Entrepreneurship Program Business Plan Competition. Currently, Owen is the Chairman and CEO of Revival Brewing Company, which partners with local businesses to develop distinct flavors that appeal to everyone from beer aficionados to those just beginning to experience the world of craft brews.

James Raza
Co-founder and Business Director
Democracy Brewing Company

James brings a passion for worker cooperatives and organizing to the Democracy Brewing team. His extensive experience in economic justice organizing includes working for Young Workers United, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Jobs with Justice. James has also interned for the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, where he documented models of worker ownership and developed recommendations for expansion and funding models, as well as for Equal Exchange, one of the largest worker-owned businesses in the United States. James until recently was the Director of Campaigns for 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, a community-led climate justice organization. Last but no less important, James has five years experience in the service industry, including work as a barback, dishwasher, bartender, food runner, event staff, and barista.

By signing up for this event, you're giving our sponsors permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions. Refunds not available less than 48 hours from start of event.

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July Community Table
Jul
6
12:00 PM12:00

July Community Table

Thursday, July 6, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
Floor 5, Meridian Conference Room 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

www.meetup.com/branchfood

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Beyond the Logo - A Complete Recipe for Building a Remarkable Food Brand
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond the Logo - A Complete Recipe for Building a Remarkable Food Brand

  • 50 Milk Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Food startups have an uphill climb in the battle for recognition and market share among products, services, and brands that have been on the market for years. So how do you become a recognizable brand as a new food startup?

The answer may very well lie in the brand and values you begin your company with. Standing out in a crowded marketplace can launch your brand to new heights, but the alternative can waste precious time and resources. There’s so much more to branding than just having an attractive logo and a catchy tagline though. Ideally, your brand should encompass everything your business stands for and strategically position your offerings in the mind of the consumer.

This presentation will give you the tactics and tools you need to do just that along with key takeaways including:

  • Understand the role brand plays in long-term business success

  • Identify the core elements of a brand strategy

  • Learn tactical steps you can take to build a brand on a budget

  • Analyze a real-life case study on building a memorable brand for a BBQ startup

About the Instructors:

Ideometry is a digital ad agency that helps companies jump start their marketing, extend their brand, & engineer lead + sales generation campaigns. Josh Walovitch and Charles Lockwood, founders at Ideometry, will share a start-to-finish process for assessing the current state of your brand and a roadmap to building your own successful food brand. They've worked with companies and entrepreneurs from many different industries and offer a full range of services, from content creation and SEO, to web development and design, and much more.

TAKE THE CLASS!

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May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Innovation and the Future of Food Allergies

Researchers estimate more than 15 million Americans have food allergies and that number isn't declining.

Boston is a hotbed for new food products, wearable devices, and trackers hoping to improve the quality of life for millions of allergy sufferers. Join Branchfood and perfectly free™ as we bring together leaders in the food allergy movement to discuss the latest research, new products on the market, how to launch and grow a successful business in the space, and how innovation is transforming the lives of those with food allergies. At this event you'll get to connect with food industry researchers, advisors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and get to check out the latest products and technologies at our showcase.

SCHEDULE

6:00PM - 6:30PM - Arrival and Networking
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Opening Remarks + Panel Discussion
7:30PM - 8:00PM - Networking and Product Tasting
Additional parking information can be found here.

PANELISTS

Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter at Boston Globe Media (moderator)

Janelle Nanos is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She writes about ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s innovation economy and was the editor of BetaBoston, spearheading coverage of of technology and innovation. Prior to joining the Globe, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine, where she edited and wrote features and service packages. Among her varied interests are higher education, public policy, health care, technology, travel, design, food, and politics. She also continues to write regularly for national travel publications and teaches a course in magazine writing at her alma mater, Boston College.

Jud Horner, Chief Marketing Officer at Incredible Foods

Incredible Foods develops allergy-friendly foods for everyone who desires a fuller, happier, healthier, free-from lifestyle. As head of sales and marketing at Incredible Foods, Jud is responsible for developing new customers, identifying new marketing opportunities, and oversees all communications efforts. The company's first product, "perfectly free™", are frozen treats that contain only natural, premium ingredients and are free of the top eight food allergens: dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. Also, the products are non-GMO and are prepared in a state-of-the art setting that is free from all major food allergens.

Abi Barnes, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at Allergy Amulet

The Allergy Amulet is a rapid, portable, point-of-consumption food allergen and ingredient detection device that connects to a patent-pending disposable test strip. The device enables simple, mobile measurements to help individuals avoid ingesting target allergens/ingredients. The Allergy Amulet can be configured as a wearable (e.g., necklace or bracelet) or integrated into everyday products (e.g., keychain or epinephrine auto-injector).

Jacob Stahl, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Antera Therapeutics

Antera develops pediatrician recommended products for the early introduction of allergens into infants’ diets. Antera’s first product, Aralyte, focuses on peanut proteins and is formulated to be safe enough for infants at-risk for developing food allergies. Antera is now hiring for several positions during our rapid growth phase.

Thank you to our sponsor, Perfectly Free!

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May
4
12:00 PM12:00

May Community Table

Thursday, May 4, 2017   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston  
Floor 5, Meridian Conference Room 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

 

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Venture Capital Investment for Food
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Venture Capital Investment for Food

The top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies lost an equivalent of $18 billion in market share between 2009 and 2016.

Venture capitalists are shelling out billions hoping to transform agriculture and scale food ventures that reduce waste and use of synthetic chemicals, conserve resources, accelerate distribution, and improve population health. While venture investment in the food sector seems to be slowing, exits and capital raises continue to abound and gain massive recognition. We're seeing companies like Justin's Peanut Butter sell to industry giant Hormel for $286 Million, local tech businesses like ezCater raise upwards of $70 Million across multiple funding rounds to bring food to corporate office spaces, and industry leaders Campbell Soup, General Mills, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and others establishing VC funds to acquire entrepreneurial brands that meet Millennials’ demand for high-quality products.

The food movement is here, it's not slowing down, and startups are launching locally and globally signaling a certain shift in how our planet eats.

Join Branchfood as we bring together food venture investors across the food and foodtech industry to discuss financing food businesses, opportunities for innovation in food, market trends, and how to launch and grow a successful food business. At this event you'll get to connect with food industry mentors, advisors, investors, and more, and sample awesome food products too!

Schedule:

6:00PM - 6:30PM - Arrival and Networking

6:30PM - 7:30PM - Opening Remarkds + Panel Discussion on VC Investment for Food

7:30PM - 8:30PM - Networking and Food Tasting

Additional parking information can be found here.

Speakers and tabling companies will be announced soon.

 

Thank you to our sponsor, Wolf & Company, for supporting food and innovation in Boston!

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April Community Table
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

April Community Table

Thursday, April 4th, 2016   
12:00 - 1:00 PM  
50 Milk Street, Boston
Floor 5, Meridian Conference Room 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

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[Will Work 4 Food] Job + Internship Fair
Mar
14
11:00 AM11:00

[Will Work 4 Food] Job + Internship Fair

Interested to work for exciting startups and businesses in food or foodtech?

Boston has a network of exceptional companies that are revolutionizing food. Meet them face-to-face at Branchfood's [Will Work 4 Food] Job and Internship fair, where you'll discover local leaders with exciting career opportunities.

This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals of all levels.

[Will Work 4 Food] Job & Internship Fair
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
6 Congress Street Boston MA 02203

Participating companies will be announced soon spruce up your resume, pick your favorite #bizcasual outfit, and get ready to network!

And while you're there, try out some of these local brands! (more to be announced soon) 

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March Community Table
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

March Community Table

THURSDAY, March 2nd, 2016   
12:00 TO 1:00 PM  
50 MILK STREET, BOSTON
FLOOR 5, MERIDIAN CONFERENCE ROOM 

Community Table is for eaters, entrepreneurs, and students of food to connect and exchange ideas. A model created by Babson's Food Sol, the design is always one table and one conversation, with the collective driving the content. People have reported finding partners, expanding networks, and reaching retail all as direct results of attending Community Table. We hope you'll join the conversation to network, discuss, connect and learn from others doing awesome work in the city! 

Feel free to bring your business cards, your lunch, and/or food to share with the group! Community Table is all about FOOD so we encourage attendees to bring samples of their products and consider this event an opportunity to showcase your newest recipes and flavors.

We'll see you there! 

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Holiday Celebration for Food Startups
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Holiday Celebration for Food Startups

It's been a record breaking year for food startups in Boston!

We've seen our startups on Shark TankForbes, and the mini screen on my Jetblue seat.

Some are building amazing platforms for food donations, others are forming BIG partnerships with the worlds largest retailers, and we heard from this major food influencer who built one of the most successful American food companies of the past decade and is widely regarded as a pioneer for the natural food movement.

Join us in celebration of these companies and more at our holiday gathering for food on Wednesday, December 14th!

Branchfood and Clover Food Lab are teaming up to celebrate the awesome work of our fellow food innovators, startups, and entrepreneurs starting at 6:30PM at Clover Food Lab in Boston's Financial District.

We'll provide delicious bites from Clover, beer, wine, bellinis, and treats from local food startups launching and expanding to Boston! Feast your eyes on some amazing new technologies growing personal produce, try breakfast in bed, hear from local entrepreneurs redefining food, and network for the new year!

 

Schedule:

6:30PM - 7:30PM - Networking and Food Tasting

7:30PM - 8:00PM - Presentations from leading food thought leaders

8:00PM - 10:00PM - Networking, Food Tasting, and Celebrating

Additional parking information can be found here.

Checkin when you arrive and make sure you get a gift bag!

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Clover Food Lab + Wolf & Co.

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Innovations in Food Tech for Health
Nov
16
6:15 PM18:15

Innovations in Food Tech for Health

Technology is rapidly changing our global food system, but what is food tech innovation doing to improve our health? 

On Wednesday, November 16th Branchfood will host a panel and networking event on "Innovations in Food Tech for Health," starting at 6:15 PM at Perkins+Will Architecture Firm in Boston.

Panel discussion will include consumer trends in the health/food tech sector, innovative products being developed to promote healthy lifestyles, success stories and opportunities related to startup development and industry focus, and creating environments that foster health and wellness. Attendees include current and aspiring entrepreneurs, students in food focused college programs, those aspiring to build products that create healthy lifestyles, and community members. 

Included is a food tech showcase including Poly and Kindrdfood and tasting of innovative health foods being produced right here in Boston including Micro Mama'sKeto+CoHealth-AdePerfectly Free and more!

Schedule:

6:15PM - 7:00PM - Networking and Food Tasting

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Panel Discussion + Audience Q+A

8:00PM - 8:30PM - Networking

Panelists: 

Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter at Boston Globe Media(moderator)

Janelle Nanos is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She writes about ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s innovation economy and was the editor of BetaBoston, spearheading coverage of of technology and innovation. Prior to joining the Globe, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine, where she edited and wrote features and service packages. Among her varied interests are higher education, public policy, health care, technology, travel, design, food, and politics. She also continues to write regularly for national travel publications and teaches a course in magazine writing at her alma mater, Boston College. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, USA Today, D.C. Magazine, Newsday, Slate, Marie Claire, The Village Voice, Forbes.com, Mother Jones, City Limits, Travel + Leisure Family, and Nerve.com, among other publications.

Kyle Cahill, Director of Sustainability & Environmental Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Kyle Cahill is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a company-wide sustainability program that includes assessing the impact of sustainability practices to the company and community at large. Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kyle was Senior Program Officer at Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. At Oxfam, he led the organization’s work on poverty footprinting, a process for companies to measure, analyze and improve their impacts on communities in developing countries. Prior to joining Oxfam, Kyle was Director of Corporate Engagement at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he worked with the private sector on environmental projects addressing climate change, safer products and materials, water use and waste reduction. Kyle serves on the board of directors of Plant A Fish and on the advisory boards of New Earth and Virid.us. 

Tara McCarthy, Co-founder and Chief Dietitian Kindrdfood

Tara McCarthy is the Co-founder and Chief Dietitian at Kindrdfood. Kindrdfood empowers families with a medically limited diet, to navigate food and offers a guided path to great food, making change easier & less stressful. Tara has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for over 16 years. She been on the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2001, during which time, she has cared for a wide variety of patients including those challenged by food allergies, celiac disease, EoE, FPIES and CSID. In addition to counseling at Boston Medical Center, BC Campus School, (a school for developmentally delayed children), and in the homes of many families, Tara also has taught Nutrition courses at Northeastern University and mentored dozens of RDNs. Tara lives in Milton, MA with her husband and three children

Ian Brady, Chief Executive Officer at AVA 

Ian Brady is the Chief Executive Officer at AVA, an intelligent eating platform that’s transforming the way people think about food and nutritional health. They’ve brought together some of the best talent in nutrition science, technology and behavioral coaching, along with top tier investors from Silicon Valley to redesign healthy eating experiences. Prior to AVA, Ian was the chief product officer of Kensho and he co-founded and served as a vice president at SoFi. Brady has served as the director of emerging technology at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for Fidelity.com as well as retail innovation programs across Fidelity’s web, mobile, and investor center channels. 

Jake Cacciapaglia, VP of Media at Runkeeper

Jake Caccoapaglia is the VP of Media at Runkeeper, a leading mobile running app that helps runners of all levels – including beginners – get started with a fitness routine and stick with it forever. Initially launched in Boston, Runkeeper now has more than 45 million users across over 180 countries and has partnered with Fitbit, Loseit!. and others to make health data even more accessible and actionable. Jake was the first non-technical hire after CEO (Jason Jacobs) and has been with the company for nearly five years. During his time at RunKeeper Jake has held roles in community, support and platform development. His is resposible for establishing partnerships with companies like Spotify, Nike, Saucony, New Balance, Walgreens, and Sony. 

 

Presenter:

David Dymecki, Principal at Perkins+Will

David has three decades of experience in the programming, planning and design of athletic and recreation projects. He has lectured and written articles and book chapters on a variety of topics for Athletic Business, National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and the Society for College and University Planners. He has presented on issues ranging from athletic and recreation sports master planning to design guidelines and trends to facilities renovation. 

Additional parking information can be found here: http://www.posquare.com

Please bring your ID for security checkin. 

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Future of Food @ Let's Talk About Food Festival
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

Future of Food @ Let's Talk About Food Festival

We're showcasing the hottest food and food tech startups at the annualLet's Talk About Food Festival happening Saturday, Oct 1st in Copley Square!

Each year the Let's Talk About Food Festival draws approximately 20,000 people to engage in lively discussions, panel presentations, and networking on all things food. From 12:00PM - 1:30PM Branchfood will host startups representing innovative food initiatives happening across the food industry. Join us for showcase and meet leading businesses shaking up the food system in Boston and beyond!

See you there!

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The Business of Beer
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Business of Beer

Boston's craft beer scene is bubbling! Local companies are disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors, and combinations that rival the oldest brands. 

Branchfood teamed up with General Assembly to chat about the business of brewing and understand the past, present, and future of the Boston beer scene. We had for a panel of beer experts from local breweries - large, small, and in between - who told us how they got started, where they found funding, and how they brew, market, package, sell, and distribute their product. 

Along with the panel, we offered a full beer tasting from all your favorite brands and a few new brews you probably haven't tried before. Tasting and networking started at 6:00 pm. The panel discussion began at 7:00 pm. To find out more about our Moderator and Panelists, visit our event page. 

Moderator: Alex Weaver from Bostinno
Panelists:

  • Boston Beer Company
  • Clown Shoes Brewing
  • Night Shift Brewing
     
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IDEATE Meetup
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

IDEATE Meetup

Let's get together to talk food, tech, and restaurants!  

Is it too soon for a reunion? Nope! Join us on Monday, May 23rd to continue the conversation from IDEATE about food, restaurants, and technology. Louis Dibiccari has generously offered to host the event at his restaurant Tavern Road in the Seaport, just a short walk from South Station (thanks, Louis!). 

RSVP here

IDEATE Meetup
Tavern Road
Monday, May 23rd
8 to 11 pm
343 Congress Street

Couldn't make it to IDEATE? Here's your chance to make connections with local restaurateurs and food techies. Restaurant tech not your thing? Not to worry! All Branchfood Meetup members, friends of the group, and supporters are welcome to this FREE event. This event is scheduled later in the evening to accommodate our restaurant friends, but we'll have a great showing of Branchfoodies from all food sectors!

Get on the guest list!

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ArtWeek Opening Reception P-ART-Y w/ Branchfood + CIC Boston
May
2
5:30 PM17:30

ArtWeek Opening Reception P-ART-Y w/ Branchfood + CIC Boston

ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.

Branchfood teamed up with CIC Boston and ArtWeek for the Opening Reception P-ART-Y to kick off a week filled with art with evening of local food, art, music, and drinks. There were exhibitions and murals by local artists Adam O'Day, Felipe Ortiz, Luti Castro, and Warren Croce and a musical demonstration by Berklee College student musicians.

ArtWeek Opening Reception P -ART-Y
Monday, May 2nd
5:30 to 7:30 pm
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street, Floor 17 & 18

Best of all, Branchfood hosted the Local Food Tasting Room featuring food and drink provided by Boston-based artisan food companies, like Tamin Teas, and food delivery company, Just Add Cooking. 

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[Will Work 4 Food] Job & Internship Fair
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

[Will Work 4 Food] Job & Internship Fair

Check out the #WW4F Employer Guide for info about each company and their job/internship openings.

Looking to get your foot in the door of the food+tech industry? 

Boston has a network of exceptional startups and companies that are revolutionizing food innovation. Meet them face-to-face at Branchfood's [Will Work 4 Food] Job and Internship fair, where you'll discover one of the hottest and fastest-growing industries in the city.

This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals of all levels. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

So spruce up your resume, pick your favorite #bizcasual outfit, and get ready to network!

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Food + Tech Mystery Speaker Series
Mar
2
to Mar 30

Food + Tech Mystery Speaker Series

Every Wednesday in March, Branchfood hosted an entrepreneur to tell the story of how they launched a successful food tech enterprise. 

Our lineup of cutting-edge entrepreneurs dove deep into the challenges and lessons learned about launching a food tech company. Stories covered early pitfalls of starting a biz, obtaining partners and funding, and reaching buyers and users.

Our Speakers:

Gabe Blanchet from Grove: Along with his  former roommate, Gabe launched an aquaponic indoor garden company from his MIT dorm room in 2013, picking up $2 million in seed funding within the first year. Grove's 2014 kickstarter campaign received 412% funding is now shipping around the country.

 Jessica Angell from Cabbige: is a marketer-turned-techie who developed price-optimization software to enchance post-harvest business for small farmers and help them make more money. Since Cabbige's launch two years ago, sixty farms have signed on, earning almost 10% more revenue on average. (Moderator: Lisa Sebesta from Fresh Source Capital and Slow Money Boston)

Eli Feldman from Clothbound: is a 20-year restaurant veteran who developed a LinkedIn-like app to solve an industry-wide hiring crisis. After competing in the 2015 MassChallenge Accelerator, Eli launched Clothbound and brought on more than 20 top restaurants including Bondir, Toro, Row 34, Oleana, and Craigie on Main. (Moderator: Kelly Hulme from The Chanticleer Nantucket)

Cai Rintoul from Provender: is a chef-turned-entrepreneur who co-developed an app to connect chefs looking for fresh quality ingredients with local farmers through a virtual marketplace. Since its launch in 2013, Provender has raised $800k in seed funding and facilitated millions of dollars in transactions between chefs and farmers.

What an amazing opportunity to learn from these savvy founders, hear their #BOSFoodStory, network with them, and soak in some of their #hustle.

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Happy Hour @ Naco Taco
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour @ Naco Taco

Branchfood's Happy Hour at  Naco Taco was the perfect opportunityto meet and mingle with Boston-area foodies, techies, and entrepreneurs and catch up on new innovation, services, and products! Branchfood welcomes all its meetup members, friends of the group, and supporters at Happy Hour events. 

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HACK URBAN FOOD
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

HACK URBAN FOOD

Calling all entrepreneurs, developers, food system experts, designers, chefs, farmers and the food enthused! 

Branchfood hosted a city-wide food Hackathon on November 14-15, 2014 at General Assembly in Boston's Fort Point!

Attendees helped to develop products and technologies that transform institutional food, restaurant operations and urban farming, heard from industry experts, and worked alongside stellar teams to create solutions to some of the most pressing food system challenges.

Top prize of $5,000 from our friends at Breville, $10,000 in legal services from Nixon Peabody and a year of free space at the Food Loft went to the winning team with many other prizes, giveaways, food and surprises! 

Thanks to our awesome sponsors!

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May
6
6:00 PM18:00

VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN FOOD STARTUPS

In many ways, it's never been easier to start a food company. From products to services, marketplaces to mobile apps, the food space is HOT. While bootstrapping is preferred, some businesses are almost impossible to launch without capital. The web is filled with endless information on how to raise venture funding; however, the process can be unclear, Investors can be hard to find, and asking a complete stranger for 50k is never a simple task!

Attendees met on Wednesday, May 14th at Nixon Peabody, 100 Summer St in Boston, for an evening with a veteran panel of angel investors and VCs who covered trends in the food space, early stage investing, and identified the most important considerations when raising a food startup, such as:

* How do you find the people you should be talking to?

* How do you get meetings with these people?

* Does “no” mean "maybe later"?

* How much money should you ask for?

* What happens once the VC joins your board?

Speakers included:

Adam Salomone, Associate Publisher, Harvard Common Press, Co-founder, The Food Loft

Scott Roman, Senior Associate, Sherbrooke Capital

Dan Pullman, Founder and Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital

 

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