Queens-born writer and actress Awkwafina had a pretty big 2018, with roles in Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Her 2019 is shaping up to be even bigger. As well as having two movies screen at Sundance (Paradise Hills and The Farewell ), she's been shooting Jumanji 2 and her own Comedy Central series. And in between all that, she'll be talking to us about food at EEEEEATSCON.
Dan is a showrunner, writer, director, producer, and actor, best known for his work on Schitt's Creek, which he co-created with his father Eugene Levy. Five seasons in, Schitt's Creek has gone from an under-the-radar TV show to a Critics' Choice Award nominee for Best Comedy Series (and a show The Infatuation staff can't stop talking about). Dan is also the co-host of The Great Canadian Baking Show, so he's going to fit right in at EEEEEATSCON.
We probably don't need to introduce Cameron Diaz. You've seen The Mask, and My Best Friend's Wedding, and Being John Malkovich, and probably all the Charlie's Angels movies too. You might not know that she's also the bestselling author of The Body Book and The Longevity Book, and an outspoken advocate of environmental concerns, education, and the empowerment of women and girls. She'll be speaking about a holistic approach to food, balance, and healthy living, in conversation with Jeffrey Katzenberg on Sunday.
Jeffrey Katzenberg has been an entertainment industry leader for over 40 years. As chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and a co-founder of Dreamworks, Jeffrey was behind the releases of movies like The Lion King, Aladdin, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon. He is also an active philanthropist and won the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013. Currently, Jeffrey is a managing partner and co-founder of WndrCo, which invests in and operates consumer technology businesses. He is also the founder and chairman of the board of Quibi, a mobile-first media platform incubated at WndrCo. He'll be speaking with Cameron Diaz on Sunday.
Best known for his role on Glee, Darren Criss recently earned a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors' Guild Award and Critics' Choice Award for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Criss also made television history for being the first Filipino-American to win an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award. He'll be moderating a conversation with Awkwafina on Saturday.
Sam Polk is the founder and Executive Director of FEAST, a non-profit dedicated to promoting wellness through healthy foods and human connection. He's also the founder and CEO of Everytable, a grab-and-go restaurant with locations across LA, from Brentwood to USC to Compton.
A native Angeleno, Olympia Auset is the founder of SÜPRMARKT, a low-cost organic grocery service that serves low income communities in Los Angeles. Since starting in 2016, SÜPRMARKT has served over 25,000 pounds of organic produce and groceries to underserved parts of the city.
The co-founder and COO of start-up Valence, Emily Slade is an entrepreneur, artist, and was a founding team member at the successful freelancer platform for creatives, Working Not Working. She created their "Work in Progress" initiative, a program that connects the creative community with causes and social impact work. A passionate photographer and traveller, she's also the co-founder of Pindrop Films, a travel production company.
Mayer Hawthorne is a Grammy-nominated musician who has released four full-length albums, and DJ'd as DJ Haircut, which is an objectively great name. On his most recent record, Man About Town, Mayer both produced and played almost every instrument.
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Andy & Briana are Texas natives, the owners of HomeState, and two-thirds of a set of triplets (the third lives in Austin). In addition to serving Tex-Mex food inspired by their home state, their Band Taco program has allowed them to collaborate with artists like Questlove, Sylvan Esso, and Lord Huron, while sending proceeds to charities that support music education and homelessness.
After a decade producing large scale events, Crystal founded Twice New, a non-profit that repurposes leftover perishable and non-perishable items that aren't used during events. Working with producers, restauranteurs, and hotel owners, Twice New picks up unused items and brings them to local organizations in need.
With over 10 years experience as a professional DJ in Los Angeles, Jason Stewart has played multiple festivals and toured all over the world. He was a founding member of Cinespace Tuesdays, has been a music supervisor on films and commercials, and hosts food podcast "The Stew."
Brad Weté is a veteran pop culture journalist and content curator, and has worked as an editor at Flaunt, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Complex, and VIBE Magazine.
Tenille is the Communications Manager at Swipe Out Hunger, a non-profit that works on college campuses in 25 states to end student hunger. During swipes drives, students can donate extra dining hall meal swipes to peers in need, and Swipe Out Hunger has served more than 1.6 million meals to date.
The co-founder of Delicious Pizza, Rick has built a community around pizza and hip hop. Both the West Adams and Hollywood locations are great places for a slice, and have also hosted concerts, block parties, hip hop yoga classes, pop-up shops, and more.
Afdhel Aziz is a leading expert in marketing and social entrepreneurship. After 20 years as a marketer for companies like Procter and Gamble, Nokia, Heineken and Absolut Vodka, he founded Conspiracy of Love, which helps Fortune 500 companies use culture and technology as a force for good.
Terrence Smalls is the VP of Business Development for Goodr Inc, a sustainable waste management company focused on combating hunger and food waste. Goodr's proprietary platform enables businesses to better measure, manage, and account for their surplus food recovery and organic waste diversion.
Brant is the LA Editorial Lead at The Infatuation, and at the time of writing, the author of 1,428 posts on Infatuation LA. He loves corgis, khao soi, American cheese slices, and arguing about the geographical boundaries of Los Angeles. He's been writing about food in LA for four years, but before that he was an actor, spending a lot of time at the Groundlings and doing voiceover for The Simpsons.
Michael is a Master Gardener (yes, this is a very real thing) and the Founder and Executive Director of L.A. Compost, an organization that works to turn food waste into a resource. For nearly ten years, he's been building gardens and compost systems in LA and around the country. He'll be moderating a panel on Sunday.
D-Nice is a DJ, rapper, producer, and photographer. At just 16 years old, he was a founding member of the iconic '80s rap group, Boogie Down Productions. And by the time he was 20, he had a Billboard number one single. He also discovered Kid Rock, and helped him land his first deal with Jive Records. These days, D-Nice DJs and shoots at events all over the world. He'll be speaking along with Smokey Robinson at The Wine Room on Sunday.
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is a legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive and co-founder of Motown Records. Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson produced 26 top 40 hits with his group, The Miracles. Robinson has been inducted into the Kennedy Center, awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the National Medal of Arts. He'll be with us at The Wine Room on Sunday to talk about his new line of wines.
MICK is a Brooklyn-based DJ, tech investor, music curator, and brand consultant. MICK's musical credits include remix projects with Leon Bridges and Adele. He has also DJed events for Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Lebron James, and others. He'll be speaking about what it takes to start a business in The Wine Room on Sunday.
Grant Reynolds is an acclaimed Advanced Sommelier and a partner in the Delicious Hospitality Group, which operates the NYC restaurants Charlie Bird, Pasquale Jones, and Legacy Records. Additionally, Grant recently opened a wine retail shop, Parcelle, and is a partner in King Street Sommeliers wine consulting. Grant was named Wine & Spirits Magazine's Best New Sommelier in 2013, and was among Forbes' 2017 class of 30 Under 30. He has contributed to Bon Appetit, GQ, and Vanity Fair, where he writes about wine and restaurant culture. He'll be moderating all of our panels in The Wine Room.
Brian is the co-founder and Chief Wine Officer of Winc, a personalized wine club dedicated to making wine more accessible. As CWO, Brian has combined his years of experience as a sommelier, winemaker, and brand builder to lead Winc in producing more than 100 wines per year. He'll be with us in The Wine Room on Sunday.
A co-founder of The Infatuation, Chris serves as CEO of The Infatuation and Zagat, and has been the architect of The Infatuation's editorial voice, creative vision, and marketing strategy. Today his role still encompasses all of those things, but also includes pushing the company forward into new arenas, including the creation and launch of Text Rex and leading the company's recent acquisition of Zagat. He's the person who came up with the idea for EEEEEATSCON, so you can direct your compliments and complaints (mostly compliments, please) to him. He also drinks a lot of wine.
Christina is a sommelier and the director of sales and marketing at Turley Wine Cellars. During her time in NYC, she was the beverage director for the Momofuku Restaurant Group, before returning to California to work for her family business. She has been named to Forbes' 30 Under 30, as well as Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40. She'll be with us in The Wine Room on Saturday to discuss some of her favorite wines.
Maggie Harrison is the co-owner and head winemaker at Antica Terra, a small-lot chardonnay and pinot noir producer in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Maggie apprenticed for eight years as assistant winemaker at Sine Qua Non, before starting her own syrah project called Lillian. She'll be with us in The Wine Room on Saturday.
Chris is a partner at Bedrock Wine Co., and co-founder of Under The Wire. At the age of 21, Chris decided to forgo law school to pursue a role as a fine and rare wine specialist in NYC. During this time, he was also helping his friend Morgan Twain-Peterson with his harvests in California. After a few years, Chris decided to move out west, and now the two of them are making some of the most celebrated wines in California. He'll be with us in The Wine Room on Saturday.