Event Features

Date & Time
Thursday, November 16th
8:00am - 12:00pm

NY Institute of Technology
1855 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Event Features

The 2017 Politics of Food conference will bring together over 250 top chefs, policy makers, innovators and leaders from diverse fields to uncover and assess the most important issues and trends affecting the nourishment of our New York.   This event presents an opportunity for government and food industry executives to tackle the most important policy, management and leadership issues affecting New York's food policy efforts and program. If you are in the food, restaurant or nutrition industry in New York this is a must-attend event.


8:00 am  Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45 am  Keynote Remarks

9:15 am   Future of food programs for NYC’s vulnerable communities

Experts discuss the benefits and challenges in addressing nutrition related issues to people with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc. Food benefit programs such as SNAP (Food Stamps), WIC, and school food provide a safety net against poverty, allowing families to feed their children, obtain healthier food, afford housing, and prevent health problems but are they in jeopardy of survival under Trump’s administration?


  • Barbara Turk, Director of Food Policy, Office of the Mayor
  • Donna M. Corrado, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
  • Margarette Purvis, President & CEO, Food Bank for NYC
  • Joel Berg, Executive Director, Hunger Free America


10:00 am   Legislating Nutrition and Sustainability

Can we legislate and tax our way to healthier, more sustainable lifestyles? Health experts debate if limiting portion sizes, more accurate labeling, providing nutrition information and taxing highly desirable ingredients such as sugar may prove effective for reducing calorie and sugar consumption. Furthermore, New York has been a leader in zero waste legislation.  What is on the horizon in this area?


  • Charles Platkin Executive Director, Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center (moderator)
  • Elizabeth Balkan, Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation
  • Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President


10:45 am   Food Happenings In New York

Organizations and statewide foodies talk about successful food ventures. It will address programs and events that showcase and introduce consumers to the State’s many wonderful and unique food and beverage products.  What works and what does the future look like.


  • Kevin S. King, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (invited)
  • Molly Bauer, Industry Development Associate, Craft Beverage, Empire State Development (invited)