While temperatures make it a little hard to figure out where we are, it is, in fact, nearly June. Across the region, farmers markets are blooming and food trucks are rolling. If we’re lucky this month in food-system action-learning events will be accompanied by some warmer weather! Between gatherings, this Examiner recommends getting thee to the bulk aisle to stock up on health-wise nuts, seeds, ancient grains, and legumes for some DIY food cr-Eating!
June 4-6 | The Slow Living Summit | Brattleboro, VT
The Slow Living Summit, now in its fourth year, is a one-of-a-kind intergenerational conversation about life, health and happiness; soil, soul and food; money, community and bioregions; arts, humor and love. For 2014, the theme is stories rather than solutions. Nationally-known speakers and artists will present and perform together, telling stories and exploring narratives. The detailed agenda is here and discounted rates have been extended through June 3.
June 9-11 | Menus of Change | Cambridge MA
The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard School of Public Health hosts the second annual “Menus of Change”. Open to chefs, foodservice executives, research scientists, academics, policy makers, and environmental stewards, the program examines issues at the intersection of health, environmental, and social concerns. Dynamic speaker and longtime food hero Michel Nischan will keynote.
June 10 | Slow Money Boston’s “Almost Summer Social” | Somerville, MA
From 6-9 pm at Somerville’s cutting-edge Cuisine En Locale on Highland Avenue, the Slow Money Boston Almost Summer Social is an evening of networking, great food and drinks and like-minded eaters, entrepreneurs and investors who share the values of Slow Money and sustainable investing. Nibbles and cash-bar provided by locavore masters Cuisine en Locale. Featured guest Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, dedicated to reconnecting investing with the real world. $10
June 17-18 | The Necessary [r]Evolution For Sustainable Food Systems | Burlington, VT
The University of Vermont Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. This year, the Summit will focus on local-level responses to globalization in the food system through the lenses of: geopolitical contexts, biophysical constraints, and behavior/culture. $125 for the full conference; $40 for individual sessions. Students and farmers: $75 for the full conference; $25 for individual sessions. Online registration closes June 6. Space is limited, so register soon. There does not appear to be a livestreamed component this year.
June 27-29 | Hack//Dining NYC | New York, NY
Helmed by the unstoppable Danielle Gould, Hack//Dining NYC is the second big hackathon to emerge from Food + Tech Connect – after Hack//Meat in Silicon Valley in 2013. In partnership with Applegate, Google, Chipotle and Studio Industries, Food + Tech Connect is bringing restaurant and foodservice rabble-rousers together with tech and design nerds to hack a better future for dining. Over the course of the weekend, chefs, engineers, entrepreneurs, executives, designers and data scientists will prototype open-source software and hardware solutions to industry-wide challenges. $50 for individuals; $100 for corporate.