Dwyane Wade is a three-time NBA Champion, Olympic Gold medalist and thirteen-time NBA All-Star, and one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Oh, and he also loves wine. So much so that he makes his own. He’ll be with us at the panel tent on Sunday, talking about his wine label, Wade Cellars, and more.
Questlove is a Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, designer, New York Times best-selling author, 5-time Grammy Winner, and a member of The Roots - one of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop groups, and the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He’s had musical directing positions with artists like D’Angelo, Eminem, and Jay-Z, and co-produced the award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Questlove has also been a voice in the culinary world as the author of Somethingtofood-about, the host of a series of Food Salons, and the launch of his new endeavor, Questlove’s Cheesesteak™. He’ll be discussing his new book, Mixtape Potluck, on Saturday.
A legendary talent manager and producer, Shep Gordon has been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, Pink Floyd, and countless others. He’s also credited with creating the celebrity chef. His clients include culinary icons like Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud, and many more. In addition to the impact he’s had on the music, film and food industries, he’s also highly regarded for his philanthropic endeavors. Shep was named one of the 100 most influential people by Rolling Stone magazine, and was the subject of Mike Myers’ 2013 documentary - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. You can catch him at the Panel Tent on Saturday.
Sara Menker is the founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, an agricultural data and analytics company. Prior to founding Gro, Sara was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group. She is a Trustee of the Mandela Institute For Development Studies and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum.
David Barber is a co-owner of Blue Hill - a working farm, restaurant, and consulting company supporting agriculture and gastronomy that positively contribute to the world's food system. As a founding partner of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, David's experience led to early stage investing in the food and hospitality space. David formally created Almanac in 2018 to address these investment interests and simultaneously serves as advisor to S2G Ventures. He serves on the Board of BlueCart Corp, and is a Trustee for Stone Barns Center, Caramoor Center for the Arts, MAD and the Collegiate School in New York City.
Mark Brand is a social entrepreneur and chef working to fight poverty through cooking, advocacy, and love for his community. The founder of A Better Life Foundation, Mark tries to help groups understand how to use their passions to make the world a better place. He is also a Stanford fellow, Professor of Innovation at USC, and the Executive Chef for The American Refugee Committee and Pope Francis's Laudato Si Challenge.
Sybil Ottenstein is the co-founder of Dinner Confidential, a global community that hosts monthly dinners dedicated to bringing women together in safe spaces. Currently in over 20 cities from Bogota to Beirut, Dinner Confidential is a place for women to talk openly and honestly about their most personal topics and emotions.
Matt FX is the creator & host of Food Network's In The Mix With Matt FX, a show that focuses on the intersection between modern food and music culture. He was also the music supervisor of Comedy Central's Broad City, and the host of MTV Wonderland and Spotify’s Unpacked. He’ll be joining us for a panel at EEEEEATSCON.
Jonah Reider is the host of the Pith Supper Club and a columnist at Food & Wine Magazine. He has been included in The New York Times' list of 30 Under 30 experimenting in new forms of work, play, community and creation. When chef-in-residence at Intro Restaurant in Chicago, Jonah became the youngest person to receive a three star review from the Chicago Tribune.
Dylin "Hawaii" Salman
Dylin “Hawaii” Salman focuses on community and culture through his company Chef For Higher, which curates cannabis-infused private dinners for clients from the worlds of music, entertainment, and sports.
Carolina Santos-Neves is a Brazilian-American chef, consultant, writer, brand ambassador, and a founding partner at both Comodo and Colonia Verde in NYC. After working as an editor at Epicurious for five years, she pursued a graduate degree from the Chef’s Training Program at the National Gourmet Institute. She is currently working on several projects that focus on community development, activism, healthy eating, and communication.
Syreeta Gates is an art collector and archivist committed to preserving hip-hop culture. The founder of The Gates Preserve, Gates was awarded Glamour Magazine's "Top 20 Under 25, and featured in Forbes Magazine. She is also the creator of "Yo Stay Hungry - a live culinary competition that bridges hip hop with food and beverage.
Stanley Lumax is the founder of African Chop House, which celebrates African culture through good food, music, and people. He has a professional background in marketing and has worked with brands such as Nike Basketball, the NBA, Converse, and Beats By Dre’. His latest endeavor is partnering to open Teranga, a New York–based Pan African restaurant led by celebrated Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam.
Karen Washington is a community activist and gardener who strives to make New York City a better place to live. She has worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens, helped launched a City Farms Market, and leads workshops on growing food and justice across the country. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 she was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award.
Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew
Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew are the founders of Noble Rot, an award-winning wine and food magazine. In late 2015, Noble Rot also became a wine bar and restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood and, in our professional opinion, it’s one of the best places in the world to hang out. That’s why it’s the highest-rated spot on Infatuation London. Dan and Mark be curating The Wine Room at EEEEEATSCON, and joining us for a panel on Saturday.
Michael J. Cirino is the founder and creative director of A Razor, A Shiny Knife, a New York-based entertainment company that specializes in narrative storytelling. Their client list includes political leaders, Fortune 50 corporations, award winning agencies, global celebrities, and philanthropic organizations.
Michelle Sullivan is the founder of S W A N F E A T H E R, a New York-based coaching and consulting practice that is dedicated to serving people and ideas in the arts. Michelle coaches creators and executives from companies like ADA, MAX, Warner Music Group, Republic Records, Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Spotify, Def Jam Recordings, and Capitol Music Group.
Originally from Pomerol, France, Marie Vayron is a sommelier at Le Bernardin, and one of the founders and vintners of Coléte Wine, a Napa Valley winery that’s making some of the best Merlot around. She’ll be discussing winemaking in The Wine Room.
As the Director of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty at WhyHunger, Hillary Zuckerberg develops unique and impactful ways for artists, the music community, and celebrities to support the movement to end hunger and poverty. Since starting at WhyHunger in 2009, Hillary has increased exposure and raised significant funds for the organization and its grassroots partners by opening up the program to new artists including Jason Mraz, Brandi Carlile, Tom Morello, Papa Roach and more.
Katie Seawell is the CMO of Bowery Farming, an indoor agriculture startup that is able to operate their vertical farm while using 95% less water than conventional farms. Katie leads the company’s marketing team, spearheading initiatives to build Bowery’s brand and consumer reach in existing and new markets. Katie will also partner with the agriculture science team to lead Bowery’s innovation strategy, providing insights on consumer produce trends to make sure the company is fulfilling the wants and needs of its consumers.