The Long Island Food Council (LIFC), a networking and educational organization created to support the growth of the food industry on the island, is expanding its reach with an inaugural East End event, to be held at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will feature a keynote address by Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive. Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, will also speak about the issues of children dealing with food insecurity on Long Island and how The LIFC is partnering in helping to combat childhood hunger.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Island Harvest.
Several well-established local food businesses will tell their stories and discuss what they learned through the growth process. An exhibitor area will showcase samples from food entrepreneurs. Attendees will be provided with a delicious farm-to-table lunch featuring products from local companies and presenting businesses.
Topic: Lessons Learned – Local Food Business Success Stories
Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
Randi Shubin Dresner, Island Harvest Food Bank: Combating Child Hunger
Presentations & Panel:
North Fork Chocolate
Blue Duck Bakery
Panel Moderated by Jane Shearer, Associate Dean, Suffolk County Community College
Lunch: Locally Sourced, Farm-to-Table
Exhibitors: EatMud – For Goodness Cakes – JavaMelts – Little Vicky’s – TheVegg – 63 South Chill Street – Subtle Tea
Partners: Mazar’s USA – Rechler Equity – Hotel Indigo – Suffolk County Business Development – Riverhead Chamber of Commerce Riverhead BID – Stonybrook Calverton – Westhampton Chamber of Commerce
Tickets: $25 – $45, to purchase visit www.longislandfoodcouncil.com
“We’ve been growing rapidly as an organization that supports the food and beverage industry,” said Michael Tucker, President of LIFC. “Our goal is to assist in integrating all facets of the industry including agricultural producers, seafood suppliers, start up businesses, restaurants, breweries and vineyards as well as their service providers and suppliers. The members of the Long Island Food Council benefit from the sharing of ideas and information through forums that can further their business goals.”