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.

Event Details

Topic: Lessons Learned – Local Food Business Success Stories

Keynote Speakers:
Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
Randi Shubin Dresner, Island Harvest Food Bank: Combating Child Hunger

Presentations & Panel:
North Fork Chocolate
Blue Duck Bakery
Haskell’s Seafood
Mustache Brewing
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

“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.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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