Brainfood Conference


August 2-3

Saturday & Sunday



Alley NYC, 500 7th Ave

It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet for skills

On August 2 and 3, we're hosting our first ever BRAINFOOD conference to bring together college students and young professionals from across the country. We've taken over the entire coworking space at AlleyNYC for the festivities, so get excited!

Saturday and Sunday will both be packed from 10 am to 6 pm with the top industry execs in food, media and entrepreneurship. It'll be great for networking and you'll get actionable skills to help you with everything from food photography to cleaning up your Facebook profile.

Registration both days begins at 9am — be sure to come with plenty of time to check in and eat delicious breakfast from Chobani, Oren Coffee, Vitalicious and Doughnut Plant! And stay for lunch, which is fully catered both days.

Oh, and bring your laptop so that you can participate in the workshops!

Email us at with any questions.


  • AlleyNYC
  • Applegate
  • Baked by Melisa
  • Del Posto
  • Runa Tea
  • Kicky's Kitchen
  • Oatworks
  • 16 Handles
  • Mama O's Kimchi
  • sweetgreen
  • Sir Kensington's
  • Rekorderlig Cider
  • Bombas Socks
  • Chobani
  • Sexy Pop
  • Happy Tree
  • Doughnut Plant
  • Luke's Lobster
  • Num Pang
  • Wichcraft
  • Awake
  • Dig Inn
  • Health Warrior
  • Susty Party
  • Vitalicious
  • Wasabi




Baked by Melissa

Del Posto

Runa Tea

16 Handles


Sir Kensington's

Rekorderlig Cider

Bombas Socks

Kicky's Kitchen


Sexy Pop

Mama O's Kimchi

Doughnut Plant

Health Warrior

Luke's Lobster

Num Pang



Awake Chocolate

Dig Inn

Susty Party

Princeton Review

Oren's Daily Roast



Nugget Spot

We have two full days packed with great programming.

(Check back for updates to the lineup!)




9:00am - 10:00am
Registration and Breakfast
provided by Vitalicious, Chobani, Oren's Daily Roast, Oatworks and Doughnut Plant
10:00am - 10:15am
Spoon University
10:15am - 11:00am
Melissa Ben-Ishay
Founder of Baked by Melissa
11:00am - 11:50am

The Secrets to NYC's Culinary Success

Mark Ladner
Executive Chef at Del Posto
Robin Hom
Assistant Director of Career Services at the International Culinary Center
Bret Csencsitz
Managing Director for Gotham Bar & Grill
moderated by Josh Morgan
Operating Partner of Melt Shop
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Breakout Sessions
Date Night: Cooking Demo with the ICC
Fireside Chat with Food Startups Happy Tree, Luke's Lobster & Sir Kensington's
12:45pm - 2:15pm
provided by Applegate, sweetgreen salads, Mama O's Kimchi, Luke's Lobster and Runa Tea
2:15pm - 3:15pm

How Our Generation Talks About Food

Chris Stang
Cofounder of The Infatuation
Chris Grosso & Lauren Cynamon
Co-Executive Producers of Vice Munchies
Rachel Sanders
BuzzFeed, Associate Food Editor
moderated by Karen Stabiner
Columbia Professor
3:30pm - 4:50pm
Breakout Sessions
Developing the #EEEEEATS voice with Chris Stang
Video Tips from the Vice Pros
Google Analytics with Nine Lines
How to Throw an Event on Your Campus with SquadUp
How to Publish a Cookbook with Priya Krishna
Food Photography 101 with Daniel Krieger
Write a Restaurant Review with Bon Appetit's Julia Kramer
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Amanda Kludt
Editor-in-Chief of Eater
5:30pm - 5:40pm
Spoon University




9:00am - 10:00am
Registration and Breakfast
provided by Chobani, Oren's Daily Roast, Oatworks and Doughnut Plant
10:00am - 10:15am
Spoon University
10:15am - 10:45am
Tyler Gage
cofounder of Runa Tea
10:45am - 11:25am

Starting a Company Right Out of College:

Amanda Zuckerman
Cofounder of Dormify
Greg Sewitz
Cofounder of Exo
Grace Ng
Cofounder of Lean Startup Machine
11:40am - 12:30pm

How Technology is Changing the Way You Eat:

Noah Karesh
Cofounder of
Justin Reitman
Account Exec at Caviar
Hannah Gotfredson
Community Manager at Blue Apron
Catherine Lamb
Community Manager at Food52
moderated by Craig Kanarick
Cofounder of
12:35pm - 1:35pm
provided by Dig Inn, Runa Tea and 16 Handles
1:35pm - 2:35pm

The Real Differences between Advertising, Marketing, PR and Event Planning

Carli Roth
Cofounder of Host Committee
Karen Land Short
Creative Director at Droga5
Peggy Mansfield
Associate Publisher, Integrated Marketing at Food Network Magazine
Rachel Van Dolsen
Principal and Founder at Rachel Van Dolsen Communications
2:45pm - 4:05pm
Breakout Sessions
Leadership and Motivation with Josh Spodek
Picking the Right Profession with Erin Greenawald, The Daily Muse
Cleaning up your Online Persona with Brand Yourself
Decorating Cupcakes with Kicky's Kitchen
Working for a Food Publication with Arthur Bovino of The Daily Meal
HTML/CSS 101 with General Assembly
4:15pm - 5:10pm

Are Magazines Dying? The Truth About the Future of Print Media

Brandon Kavulla
Creative Director at Fortune
Ray Hennessey
Editorial Director at
Cory Baldwin
Senior Digital Editor of Saveur
moderated by Elien Becque
Vanity Fair editor & founder of RoomZoom
5:15pm - 5:45pm
Michael Cirino
Cofounder of A Razor, A Shiny Knife
5:45pm - 6:00pm
Spoon University

Save your spot today!

If you want to come to both days, buy one ticket for each day!


  1. Brianna Plaza

    I was sent this event by one of my teammates at General Assembly and I was wondering if I could pop in-and-out on Saturday and Sunday. I have various things to do Saturday and am working at Sur La Table on Sunday, so I can’t commit to a full day. Let me know!

  2. Jane Seo


    My name is Jane Seo, and I am a blogger for the Huffington Post who is interested in covering the event. Let me know if it’d be possible to get a press pass for the conference.


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