Thursday, September 08, 2022  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

From Functional Foods to Sourdough: the "Why" Behind Today's Food & Lifestyle Trends

Eve Turow-Paul
Author, Executive Director, Food for Climate League

In this engaging and informational session, globally-recognized author Eve Turow-Paul will discuss our shared human needs and how they shape food and lifestyle trends in the plant-based world and beyond. During the hour, Turow-Paul will help you better understand the deeper motivations behind your customers' purchasing behaviors by illuminating the connections between food choice, mental health, sustainability, and the impact of COVID-19. You will be introduced to a framework that will help you decipher not just past and present trends, but also anticipate the trends of tomorrow.

Speaker: Eve Turow-Paul, Author, Executive Director, Food for Climate League

Friday, September 09, 2022  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Driven by Curiosity: Chef Spike Journeys Into Plant-Based

Spike Mendelsohn
Chef, Restauranteur, Television Personality, PLNT Burger
Chef Spike Mendelsohn had always felt called to be a force for positive change through his culinary work, but when he tasted his first Beyond Burger 6+ years ago, his purpose became activated on a whole new level. Quickly realizing that plant-based cooking both ignited his creative spirit while offering a concrete opportunity to have a lasting impact on the planet and human culture, he took on the mission and dove in from multiple angles. Chef Spike launched PLNT Burger, his restaurant chain that strives to capture All-American flavor with an all-plants approach, and Eat the Change, his retail CPG company that encourages experimentation in the kitchen with lower-footprint crops and ingredients. In this keynote presentation, Chef Spike will share his story of re-invigorating his career, offer solutions to the challenges he faces in both the foodservice and retail worlds and sit down for a Q+A session to dialogue with attendees on the future of our shifting food system.