Join us at TEDxManhattan on March 7th

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We are thrilled to be joining the TEDxManhattan lineup on Saturday, March 7 to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Real Food Media Contest

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The entire day will be livestreamed on Saturday, March 7 from 10:30am-6:00pm EST. Last year there were 150 viewing parties around the world, sign-up to host your own or check out the map for viewing parties near you!

Follow the action on social via #TEDxMAN and connect with us @RealFoodFilms and @annalappe.

The winners of all other awards will be announced on our website following the LIVE debut of the Grand Prize Winner. Check back soon!

Speakers and topics include:

  • Nikiko Masumoto – Legacy of three generations of Japanese American family farmers. Masumoto is a farmer on the Masumoto Family Farm and co-author of The Perfect Peach.
  • Anim Steel – Food justice. Steel is Executive Director and co-founder of the Real Food Challenge.
  • Ali Partovi – What’s the real economics behind organic food costs? Partovi is an angel investor who has worked with Dropbox and Facebook and co-founded LinkExchange, iLike, and
  • Stephen Reily – How do cities build platforms to help the local food economy achieve sustainability and scale? Reily is an attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader, and founder of Seed Capital Kentucky.
  • Michele Merkel – What is legal is not always right – fighting for justice in rural America. Merkel is the co-director of Food & Water Justice, the legal arm of Food & Water Watch.
  • Marcel Van Ooyen – Scaling up local food distribution to take it from niche to mainstream. Van Ooyen is the Executive Director of GrowNYC and former Legislative Director for the New York City Council.
  • Robert Graham – Teaching doctors about the importance of food to health. Graham is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
  • Stefanie Sacks – How small changes in eating can make big differences. Sacks is a culinary nutritionist, author, radio show host, educator, speaker and consultant.
  • Joel Berg – The only real way to end hunger in America. Berg is Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
  • Dana Cowin – The power of ugly vegetables. Why ugly, bruised vegetables are the future of food. Cowin has been Food & Wine’s editor in chief since 1995 and oversees the Food & Wine brand.
  • DJ Cavem – Health education through art and hip hop music. DJ Cavem is an international recording artist and 2014 Music Educator Award Grammy Nominee. He is the founder of Going Green Living Bling and Eco-HipHop.
  • Henry Hargreaves – How end-of-the-world doomsday preppers are thinking about their food. Hargreaves is a New York City based photographer and artist.
  • Shen Tong – The impact of venture capital money and investment dollars in the food system. Tong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, foodie, social activist, and writer. He founded Food-X, a food-business accelerator.
  • Kendra Kimbirauskas – The rift between the good food movement and the explosion of factory farms in the U.S. Kimbirauskas founded the group, Friends of Family Farmers, operates a farm in Oregon, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP).
  • Danielle Nierenberg – Why the food system will fall apart without women farmers. Nierenberg is a food and agriculture expert and president of Food Tank.
  • Danny Meyer – Fine dining and chain restaurants – the evolvement and overlap of the two. Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group. 
  • Debra Eschmeyer – Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy at The White House.