Farm to Table
Friday, May 29 2015

Speakers 2014

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Michel Nischan, Honorary Chairman

President and CEO, Wholesome Wave
Keynote Speaker

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Additional Panelists & Presenters 2014

Updated 5/12/14. Additional speakers to be announced. Subject to change.

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Laura Abshire
Director of Sustainability
National Restaurant Associaton

Edward Avalos
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
United States Department of Agriculture

Haley Bittermann
Corporte Executive Chef and Director of Operations
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

Cory Bahr
Owner/Executive Chef
Restaurant Cotton

Mary Blackmon
Farmer & CEO
Farm Star Living, LLC.

Jess Bloomer
Program Director
Edible Schoolyard New Orleans

Joseph Brock
The Composting Network

Leesa Carter
Executive Director
Captain Planet Foundation

Daniel Cornelius
Technical Assistance Specialist
Intertribal Agriculture Council

Margaret Curole
Executive Board Member
Commercial Fishermen of America

Steven Coy
Pollinator Stewardship Council

Eliana de Las Casas
Kid Chef Eliana

Rob Dietrich
Head Distiller
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

Philip M. Dobard
Vice President
SoFAB Institute

Ryan Donovan
Butcher, Chef, and Owner
Richmond Station

Duane Ellis
Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farmfields

John Estrada, MD
Director of Education and Community Services, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
LSU Health Sciences Center

Gail Fendley
Lead Safe Louisiana

Daphne Ferdinand
Executive Director
Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, Inc.

Rashida Ferdinand
Executive Director & Founder
Sankofa Community Development Corporation

Kelly Fields 
Corporate Executive Pastry Chef
Besh Restaurant Group, Restaurant August

Bobby Fletcher
Director of Urban Programs and Development
LSU AgCenter

Natalie Foss
Regional Manager

Richard Foss
Food Historian & Author
SoFAB Institute

Cassandra Gaines
National Soul Food Cook-Off

Rusty Gaude
Southeast Coastal Agent/Fisheries
Louisiana Sea Grant

Shannon Gonsoulin
Gonsoulin Land and Cattle

Gary Granata
Slow Food New Orleans‎

Laurel Greyson
Adjunct Professor and Urban Farmer
New York University

Karl Guggenmos
University Dean of Culinary Development
WACS Global Master Chef

Jay Hakes
Director (retired)
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Tariq Hanna

Carl Heinrich
Richmond Station

Dana Honn

Natalie Jayroe
President and CEO
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

Jill Jensen
Fisheries Bioligist

Nathanael Johnson
Grist Food Writer
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Anupama Joshi
Executive Director
National Farm to School Network

Marni Karlin
Vice President & General
Organic Trade Association

Bruce Kraig
Professor Emeritus
Roosevelt University

Kelly Landrieu
Local Forager, Southwest Region
Whole Foods Market

Pamela Lanier
Friends of Sustainable Tourism International

Rachel Laudan, PhD
Historian & Author

Mark Lister
Tulane Goldring Institue of Culinary Medicine

P. Wayne Long
ANR Agent/County Coordinator
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Carrie Machen
Procurement Analyst
Back Forty Beer Company

Ryan Malkin
Malkin Law PA

Gabriele Marewski
Paradise Farms Organic

Susie Marshall
Executive Director
GROW North Texas

Katherine Miller
Executive Director
Chef Action Network

Zak Miller
Pastry Chef

Kevin Mixon
Blood River Honey

David McIntyre
MCIntyre Consulting

Ian McNulty
Dining Writer
The New Orleans Advocate

Tess Monaghan
New Orleans City Lead
Good Eggs

Katie Mularz
Farm to School State Lead, LA/CNP Coordinator
Louisiana Farm to School, National Farm to School Network, Healthy School Food Collaborative

Lance Nacio
Owner & Shrimper
Anna Marie Seafood

Danielle Nierenberg
President & Co-Founder
Food Tank: The Food Think Tank

Bill Pastellak
Operations Manager
Hollygrove Market & Farm

Katie Pedroza
Lead Chef Educator
Edible Schoolyard

Grace Peterson
Area Nutrition Agent
LSU AgCenter

Gisele Perez
Writer/Recipe Developer
Pain Perdu Blog

Dale Pollet
Professor-Specialist Cooperative Extension, Department of Entomology
LSU AgCenter

Mary Kathryn Poole
Prevention Research Center at Tulane University
Public Health Consultant

Hari Pulapaka
Grass Roots Chef Advocacy
Chef Action Network & Cress Restaurant

Matthew Raiford
Gillard Farms

Noah Rothbaum
Trend Forecaster and Cocktails & Spirits Expert

Rhonda Ruckman
Executive Pastry Chef
Herbsaint,Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Peche Seafood Grill and Calcasieu

Lee Rouse
Extension Agent
LSU AgCenter

Leah Sarris
Program Director
Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine,
Tulane University

Tommy Searcy
Gum Creek Farms

Suzannah Schneider
Sustainability Coordinator
Great Performances Caterers

Carrie Lee Schwartz
Hobbyist Beekeeper, SELABEES, Tulane University

Jeffrey Schwartz
Executive Director
Broad Community Connections

Jessica Shade
Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center

Ashley Swaffar
Director of Special Projects
Arkansas Egg Company

Poppy Tooker
On Air TV/Radio Personality and Author
Louisiana Eats!

Ann Tuennerman
Tales of the Cocktail

Marquel Underwood
CEO and Founder
Intalogix Corporation

Anne VanBeber
Professor and Chair
Texas Christian University

Robert Wemischner
Pastry Chef/Food Writer/Culinary Instructor
The Dessert Architect

Lisa White
Pastry Chef
Besh Restaurant Group

Elizabeth (Liz) Williams
Founder and President
SoFab Institute (SoFAB)

Ian Willson
Southbound Gardens

Jason Wilson
Founder & CEO
Back Forty Beer Co.

Mark Winne
Senior Advisor
Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future

Nicole Zammit
SW Region Farm to School Lead

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