Welcome to Food Systems Network NYC

Food Systems Network NYC is a membership based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stake holders and professionals working across the food system. Members gather monthly for Open Networking meetings to encourage collaboration; share information; discuss public policy; and promote opportunities for individuals to partner on specific projects. Please enjoy looking through what our site has to offer, and if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to get in touch!

March Open Networking Meeting: Food Business - How To

March Open Networking Meeting:

"Food Business - How To"


Date: Thurs, March 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

RSVP here!


About the program:

"Food Business How To" will be a discussion on strategies for starting and running your own food business. A panel of experts and advocates who have either done the same, or are actively involved in growing entrepreneurial food businesses will participate in this panel discussion. Attendess will learn best practices for getting organized and take away resources for and support available to start ups and established food businesses.



  • Kathrine Gregory, Founder and Director of Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen, a professional kitchen incubator for start-up food businesses in Long Island City
  • Robinson Hernandez, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Business Acceleration, a city agency dedicated to streamlining the process for food and beverage establishments to get ready to open
  • Susan Povich, Owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound, whose locations and food trucks have become instant classics since opening in 2009
  • Wilson Tang, Owner of a number restaurants including the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor, pop-up host Bowery Station and newcomer Fung Tu on the Lower East Side; Wilson is also a member of Manhattan Community Board 3
  • Kate Galassi, founder of Quinciple.com, a weekly subscription service that brings local farm products to consumers in New York City.  Prior to founding Quinciple, Kate held the title of "forager," sourcing products for the Spotted Pig and the Breslin.


  • Deborah Bander, a small business lawyer at Bander Law Firm, PLLC, a recent International Culinary Center graduate, and a FSNYC Program & Events Committee member


This event is free for FSNYC members and ICC students. Suggestion donation of $10 for all other attendees.

Food Almanac 2014: An evening of food policy prognostications


As our city launches on a new era of government, with the first new mayoral transition in 12 years, many food advocates and organizations have been wondering, with some degree of hope and optimism, what the change in administration means for New York City, including which, if any, food policy priorities and initiatives Mayor de Blasio’s administration will continue from the Bloomberg era and what new priorities he will champion. With this backdrop of anticipation, last month’s Food Almanac 2014, the annual food policy prognostication event hosted by Food Systems Network NYC was unlike any of the previous three Almanacs. Over 100 food-loving advocates gathered at the at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) to enjoy local food, wine and beer, and hear a panel of six food policy experts share their hopes and predictions for the future of New York City’s food system under Mayor de Blasio.


Spotlight on Centre for Social Innovation, Food Almanac 2014 host!

Food Systems Network thanks the Centre for Social Innovation for hosting this year's Food Almanac 2014! Thank you for providing such a welcoming, beautiful, and collaborative space to host this event.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is home for a diverse community of people and organizations that are creating a better world. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas to impact. CSI is part coworking space, part community center and part incubator for people and organizations that are changing the world. New York City's social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creatives and innovators are invited to help build CSI Starrett-Lehigh into a nexus of innovation and transformation.
Image Credit: Megan Swann

Spotlight on Megan Swann, Food Almanac 2014 photographer


Food Systems Network NYC thanks Megan Swann for volunteering her services at Food Almanac 2014. Check out all the phots from the Almanac on our Facebook page!


Megan Swann is a freelance photographer who specializes in food and events. You can see more of her work on her website, www.meganswann.com.


Recipe for Vegetarian "Green" Pozole, served at Food Almanac 2014

Try this dish, served at Food Almanac 2014, by the Cleaver Co. It's still the perfect weather for this perfect, hearty one-dish supper!


Pozole is a classic Mexican soup made with white hominy, and traditionally, pork. In this vegetarian version, we omitted the
meat and added beans and root vegetables, in a flavor packed tomatillo broth. It’s a perfect dish for winter.


Serve with Salsa Verde, Salsa Roja, and Pickled Jalepenos!


Check out all the Recipes by the Cleaver Co!


Image Credit: Megan Swann


2/12 Food Almanac 2014 - Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food Policy and Politics

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00-9:30 pm (6:00 hors d'oeuvres and networking; 6:40 speakers)

Location: Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325, NYC 10001

Features: predications in food and farm policy and politics, delicious seasonal fare, local beer and wine from Brewery Ommegang and Wolffer Estate



Tickets: http://food-almanac-2014.brownpapertickets.com


$50 for FSNYC and CSI members

$60 for non-members

$75 for Almanac entry + FSNYC membership (join FSNYC today and get the Almanac ticket discount!)

$60 Sponsor a ticket to support community-based attendance.


About Food Almanac 2014: Since 1818, farmers and others have relied on the Farmers Almanac’s witty and often accurate weather predictions and astronomical data to inform how they harvest, garden, cook, and fish. Now, for the 4th year, Food Systems Network NYC presents the Food Almanac so that our network can come together to discuss all things food and farm related coming up in the New Year. At Food Almanac, we bring together our members and supporters to enjoy local beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a light winter supper and to hear from an esteemed group of panelists that represent a diversity of perspectives from across the food system. As NYC ushers in a new administration for the first time in 12 years, panelists will share their thoughts on the gains made in food and farm policy during the past administration and call for what should be built upon, left behind, or introduced for the first time.


Your input requested! Please fill out FSNYC's plannnig survey

Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) is currently involved in a planning process to clarify and prioritize the organization's work over the next several years. We would greatly appreciate five minutes of your time to get your thoughts about the organization. Your valuable input will help us make the best decisions about the organization's future.


Take the survey!


Op-Ed: The Farm Bill Everyone Can Hate









Image: Economic Research Service, USDA

by Ed Yowell

February 5th, 2014


Eat chili at Dickson's in February to support FSNYC!

Missed ChiliFest or still hungry for Chili!?  


Visit Dickson's Farmstand Meats at Chelsea Market and support FSNYC by eating chili this month! NYChiliFest 2014 sponsor Dickson's Farmstand Meats is serving chili through February and they've got a special for you...   


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