New York - October 6, 2018
If you watched the 2018 Olympics, you know Adam Rippon. Really, if you turned on a TV or used the internet in 2018, you probably know this Bronze medal-winning figure skater. The first openly gay athlete to represent the United States in Olympic competition, Adam has received several awards for his work as an LGBTQ rights advocate, and was named to the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People. He also loves food and restaurants, and we're excited to discuss those things with him.
Tim & Nina Zagat
Nina and Tim Zagat founded Zagat Survey in 1979 as a hobby while practicing law. They began collecting restaurant ratings and reviews from their friends, and pioneered a new kind of guide — one that was crowdsourced and represented the opinions of many people. In the following decades they built the Zagat Survey into a globally-recognized and respected brand, publishing guides to dining and other lifestyle resources in ninety cities around the world, from New York to Tokyo. In 2018 Zagat was acquired by The Infatuation. Nina and Tim, who met at Yale Law School, have two sons and three grandchildren.
Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo
Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are the owners of Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Jon & Vinny’s, Trois Familia, and Kismet, which are some of the best, most popular restaurants in Los Angeles. Their partnership began over a decade ago when they met in culinary school in Florida, opening their first restaurant in 2008. Jon and Vinny have won pretty much every culinary award out there, including a James Beard Award. Their restaurant Jon & Vinny's will be popping up at EEEEEATSCON.
Manal Kahi is the co-founder and CEO of Eat Offbeat, a social enterprise that delivers meals made by refugee chefs in New York City. Eat Offbeat was founded in 2013, and works with chefs from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guinea, Eritrea, and more.
Just off the heels of being ranked on Billboard’s Power 100 List and as Top Manager of 2017, Pat Corcoran has made his name synonymous in the music industry with his style of grassroots music promotion. Most notably, his work with Chance the Rapper and the co-founding of Haight Brand has landed him on Forbes' 30 Under 30 and Billboard’s 40 Under 40 lists. Pat is also a partner of No Fine Print Wine and will speaking about it at EEEEEATSCON.
With deep roots in the artist management sector, Tim, a partner in No Fine Print Wine, had a hand in managing a large roster of multi-platinum global artists at The Firm in Beverly Hills during the early 2000’s. After stepping out on his own, Tim developed top talents including Skrillex (since his early days in the band From First To Last), Zedd, Boys Noize and BloodPop®. Tim’s clients have garnered 9 Grammys under his management and he has been recognized with a multitude of awards such as Billboard’s Top 30 EDM Power Players.
Well-respected in the wine world, Ryan is the Wine Director of over 12 properties across the country for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. As a former supplier and distributor, Ryan uniquely understands all facets of the wine industry and used this experience in co-founding Squire Wine Co., a platform that introduced a curated group of Californian wines to Chicago. He has been featured in a range of publications such as USA Today, Bloomberg and was named “40 Under 40 Tastemaker” by Wine Enthusiast. Ryan parlays his passion for wine with his love of biking while participating in the annual Chefs Cycle to benefit No Kid Hungry.
Jen Pelka is the owner and founder of The Riddler, the all female-backed and operated champagne bar in San Francisco, which will be popping up at EEEEEATSCON. Jen is also the principal and founder of Magnum PR, the leading restaurant PR agency in San Francisco, managing PR for Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, and some of SF's biggest name restaurants. Previously, she worked for Daniel Boulud, OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr.
Andre’ Hueston Mack
A sommelier who worked at The French Laundry and was also involved in opening Per Se, André Hueston Mack is the first African-American to be named Best Young Sommelier in America by Chaine des Rotisseurs. He also his own wine brand, Maison Noir, which annually produces 40,000 cases sold across 45 states and 11 countries. Andre designs all the labels for Maison Noir, and also authored and illustrated a culinary coloring book. He's now working on a wine-focused memoir.
Anik Khan is a Queens, NY based rapper and singer who makes hip hop that likes to travel. Drawing from his immigrant roots and his inner city upbringing, Anik's sound is always authentic to his character. From touring nationally with Grammy-nominated artist Jidenna to performing at New York's MoMA PS1, Anik is a seasoned performer. He's been championed by various tastemakers and platforms including Billboard, Beats1, Ebro, Zane Lowe, and even Sir Elton John. Anik Khan's understanding of culture and human connection allows him to create experiences that exist outside the realm of music. He has used this to develop his own brand, as well as serve as a cultural consultant for some of the world's most notable companies. Under his creative agency, "The Foreign Affair," he has worked with companies such as Audi, Sprite, The Infatuation and Bira91. Anik will be joining us at EEEEEATSCON to share his journey of social impact through food and music.
Melinda Kearney & Michele Ouellet
Melinda Kearney and Michele Lorenza Ouellet are the mother-daughter team behind Lorenza Rosé, which they've been making in California since 2008. Melinda, who heads winemaking, sales, and marketing, is a wine industry veteran from Napa Valley. Michele is in charge of business development for Lorenza, and is also an in-demand model based in NYC.
Everard Findlay, a branding consultant, serves as a board member of GrowNYC, a position he was appointed by NYC's last two mayors. GrowNYC oversees initiatives like the Union Square Greenmarket, operates community and school gardens, runs educational programming related to food, and spearheads widespread efforts to bring fresh produce to more New Yorkers.
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.
Helen Johannesen is a partner at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles, and the owner of Helen’s, the gem box retail wine shop in the back. She is the Beverage Director not only for Jon & Vinny’s, but for all associated restaurants in the group: Animal, Son of a Gun, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, Trois Mec, and Kismet. She also hosts wine classes and has a curated wine club, and was named Best New Sommelier by Food & Wine in 2016, as well as one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40 this year.
Jordan Salcito is the Founder of RAMONA and Bellus Wines, Director of Wine Special Projects for Momofuku, and a wine veteran with over a decade spent in the industry. She is a Master Sommelier Candidate, one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40, and a 2018 James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional.
Lizzie Honan serves as the VP of Growth Strategy & Development at Edible Schoolyard NYC, which operates gardens, kitchens, and food education programming at NYC public schools. She previously raised money for NYC's public parks, and has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Deepti is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, a community-minded catering service. She started FoodtoEat in 2011 to connect immigrant and minority-owned food vendors to opportunities for growth - ultimately helping them strengthen their own business skills. She is also a Co-Founder of Bikky, a platform solving customer engagement for restaurants. Deepti has been honored as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30.
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 also the person who came up with the idea for EEEEEATSCON, so you can direct your compliments and complaints (mostly compliments, please) to him.
A co-founder of The Infatuation, Andrew Steinthal serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of The Infatuation and Zagat. He oversees the company's pioneering sales and partnerships operation, using his skillset as a former music business publicist to build deep, meaningful relationships with like-minded brands such as American Express, Anheuser Busch, Caviar, JetBlue, and many more. Andrew keeps The Infatuation in business, so that we can do things like throw massive food festivals with our favorite restaurants from around the country.