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Saturday, March 14 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Reinvented Food Festival: Sink or Swim

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With America in the middle of a total food renaissance, the food festival world has remade itself into a dynamic conversation where ideas, technology, music and entrepreneurialism have made way for a whole new class of urban events that attract an increasingly diverse base of attendees and industries. From chef-driven collaborative dinners, to large-scale region-defining events, to companies who have created their own flagship festivals to achieve branding and business objectives, this panel explores the food festival movement with some of the key industry players behind it. Learn why a well curated food event is the perfect medium for place making, brand building and fostering industry connectivity--and why some festivals shine while others sink.

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Ben Leventhal

CEO, Resy
Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Resy, a new restaurant reservations platform designed from the ground up for people who love restaurants everywhere. He is the co-founder of Eater, the award-winning food blog network acquired by Vox Media in 2013. He is on the board of directors of... Read More →
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Adam Rapoport

Editor In Chief, Bon Appetit
Adam Rapoport is Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit magazine and its website bonappetit.com. Before coming to Bon Appétit, he was GQ's Style Editor, where he covered food, travel, fashion, design, film and music. He edited the restaurant section at Time Out New York for three years... Read More →
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Rob Sheard

SVP Data and Product, Zero Point Zero Productions
At Zero Point Zero (The Mind of a Chef, Anthony Bourdain:Parts Unkown, Meat Eater, Food Repubic) Rob is re-thinking the intersection of audience, brands and media at the forefront of an ever evolving market where the consumer has an endless number of options and the only way to win... Read More →
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Mike Thelin

Co-Founder, Feast Portland
Mike Thelin conceives, creates and consults for high-profile food and tourism-related promotions, projects, events and initiatives nationally. Mike has successfully created and re-imagined a number of high-profile projects, including Feast Portland, a region-defining food festival... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Driskill Hotel Driskill Ballroom 604 Brazos St