Ever since the discontinuance of the Turkey Leg Ball I haven’t had a convo with The Infatuation that didn’t start or end with, “When are you bringing back events?” When EEEEEATSCON was announced I had a mini imaginary umami party to rejoice, then I realized it was in LA. Not to worry because tons of you live there and they now make a thing called an airplane. The non-food festival promises, in true Infatuation prose, to be everything you want and none of the stuff you don’t. What that literally means is a mash-up of speaker series, band stage and food hall all inside a retro airplane hanger. More detailed programming was recently announced starting with the inventor of the “celeb chef”, Shep Gorden” talks with Stang (Infatuation co-founder). The Knocks play a set while the food pavilion rages with the likes of Badmaash, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and chi SPACCA to name just a few of the mouth-watering lineup. May 20th from 12am-9pm in Los Angeles.
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We love everything about the Food Book Fair. It makes it virtually impossible to capture the tasty in a paragraph. That’s why each year we choose one break out component and chew on that. This year, Literary Speed Dating. Description unnecessary but since you asked, the 90’s speed dating phenom mashed up with a mix of heavy hitting literary agents. We’re talking editors and publishers from Phaidon, Clarkson Potter, Abrams Books and ICM Partners++. Attention artists, There’s even an illustration publisher at the table. Mix it with a couple dozen authors-to-be and you might just have a cake. No not really, but a book on cake for sure. It should go without saying, seats are limited. If you want in on the book Bumble grab a spot fast. See you in the Dewey Decimal Catalog. What? They stopped using that you say? Friday, May 12th from 2 – 4pm in NYC.
This one looks like a sleeper. No formal website. Understand schedule. A great cause. With this past weekends NYCWFF debacle and douchery, we need something that promises to be back to the roots of why food is so celebritized in the first place. Food meets technology and we can actually eat at this one. Future of Food 2016 is so future it is hosted in Queens. This could be the smartest, tastiest three and a half hours of your week. Thursday, October 20th from 6:00 – 9:30pm in Queens, NY
I remember when Mitchell Davis told me about planning for this as we ate through a half rack of ribs. This week, all the planning comes together in Milan at the Seeds and Chips Summit. Some of the greatest innovators in food are circling up for the week at the largest convention centre in Europe, MiCo. The knowledge, the networking and the noshing will be epic. Wednesday, May 11 – 14, in Milano, Italy.
If you’re thinking about a life in the blue hot food industry, which now means a lot more than chef or waitress, Saturday’s Brainfood is for you. Topics include Food Marketing(a biased favorite), How Social Media Changed the Way we Eat, The Food Entrepreneurship Hustle, How to Make a Job For Yourself in Food and a full afternoon of cleverly named sessions. The speaker line up is just as rich with representation from Plated, Munchies, Edible, and of course, the organizers, Spoon University.The whole thing closes with an unfiltered session with the iconic founder of Barbuto, Jonathan Waxman in a session aptly named Restaurant Life. Saturday, July 16 from 10AM to 5PM in NYC.