Guest Post by Devon Walsh
If you’re interested in the intersection of food, publishing, technology and enterprise you won’t want to miss the second ever Food Book Fair, happening this weekend, May 2-5, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The event celebrates food writing, reading and eating and features a variety of panels, book signings, tastings, a coffee crawl, cooking demonstrations and a Foodieodical event! The following are two events that may be of particular interest to the Food+Tech Connect Community.
With hopes to inspire, Food Book Fair and Slow Money NYC will partner at FBF’s Food + Enterprise event to consider the advantages that ensue when investment policies and food system change connect. This May 5th, in order to provide burgeoning food startups with useful tools and invaluable advice, the comprehensive program will begin with a Resource Fair from 1-4PM. The fair will gather a variety of resources, or innovators involved in the sustainable food and farming industry across the Northeast, together under one roof. Their backgrounds range from book publishing to social impact investing, from education to food activism, and from community economic development to entrepreneur services. Here they are:
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Authors of enterprise-related food books will also be on hand for a book signing!
Following the fair, the Pitch Competition from 4-6PM will give seed-stage food enterprises a chance to sum up their business concept in 5 minutes to a group of discerning, business-savvy judges. Attendees and judges will collectively decide the best pitch!
Come get inspired and celebrate the undeniable Food + Enterprise connection! Tickets here.
Food + Periodicals = Foodieodicals! A zine fest within the fair celebrating creative food publishing in the magazine world featuring over 20 of our favorite inspiring food publications. Come meet the editors and writers, participate in some fun book-focused activities and buy your limited edition copies! Round out your literary celebration experience with gratis snacks and a free beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
At last year’s Foodieodicals: A Celebration & Marketplace, over 200 people came out to mingle with editors and writers, partake in book-focused crafts, sample scrumptious snacks and acquire the most desired of all objects: limited edition Foodieodicals! This May 4, from 2-8PM come check out the publications below and more! Get your tickets here!
Acqtaste (Ontario, Canada)
Acqutaste may have lofty goals but only because they can achieve them. Striving to be the “voice of a food movement around the world” the pioneering zine seeks to redefine the public’s view of food publications. At Acqtaste food culture mingles with art and design, architecture, film, fashion and even music, just as amateurs and doyens are considered to be one in the same, equally deserving of the foodieodical’s marvels.
American Food Roots (Arlington, VA)
American Food Roots delves into the mechanisms behind why we eat what we eat. The publication embraces recipes, stories, and photos from readers in order to examine the origins behind American eating traditions. In understanding regional, religious, ethnic, political and familial histories, our rich heritage are better celebrated. Come meet the editors at the Foodieodical event and share your own food story for a chance to be published on the American Food Roots website!
A-Z Coffee (Voyenenga, Norway)
A-Z Coffee is the sleek, minimalist brainchild of Lars Kolstad Huse, a Norwegian beer and coffee geek illustrator living in London. The publication is both a conversational guide to the caffeinated lifeblood and a coffee art book. Java and design have never been so beautifully one in the same. Huse will also lead FBF’s Williamsburg Coffee Crawl on Friday, May 3!
Cereal (Bristol, UK)
Enviously minimal and impossibly cool Cereal Magazine explores food and travel in a literary context, devoting a chapter to each exposition. The quarterly profiles notable individuals and covetous travel spots using photography as their main medium for capturing a design-as-paramount visual quality.
Chickpea Magazine (Rochester, NY)
Chickpea, observes seasonal, local food practices and although they come from a vegan-minded angel, their recipes are delectable enough to entice a finicky omnivore. The zine reflects its equitable mentality with free online versions of every issue and a policy to accept submissions from individuals of all skill levels. Stunning photographs of everything beautifully vegan, from root vegetables to soda, evoke delight in the present season, whatever it may be
Diner Journal (NYC)
From Andrew Tarlow, the restauranteur responsible for Williamsburg staples Diner, Marlow & Sons, and FBF host site the Wythe Hotel’s in-house foodie establishment Reynard’s, Diner Journal employs the innovations of its many employees in fashioning each page. With unparalleled enjoyment, the wonder team explores the “community creativity” inherent in food. Delightful illustrations and a three-hole punch design add to its playful touch.
Edible Magazine (NYC)
Edible exalts in seasonal, locavore, “place-based taste.” With over 75 branches, the publication manages to detail food happenings far and wide. From Martha’s Vineyard to the San Juan Mountains, Edible spotlights remarkable restaurants, noteworthy cookbooks, extraordinary events and distinguished foodies throughout North America.
Gather Journal (NYC)
Gather concentrates on mindful habits when it comes to food. The bi-annual zine triumphs seasonal ingredients, and offers up gorgeous snapshots and delectable recipes, all the while the emphasizing food’s capacity to unite. It’s Gather’s mission to remind us how cooking and eating gather loved ones and bring them together.
Good Company (NYC)
The formula goes like this: your favorite people + the right tools + seasonal ingredients = good company. Good Company recognizes that the finest meals are not the one’s involving the most labor or monetary investment, but are those with good company. With that in mind, GC highlights remarkable people, restaurants and recipes, in order to provide readers with the tools to impress their own good company.
Graze (Chicago, IL)
Graze celebrates food with reference to the people, histories, memories and stories surrounding it. Taking into account the stories of notable individuals, and those that are involved in our daily food traditions, this human-centric approach avoids recipes in favor of a dialogue on food with respect to politics, relationships and events.
Lucky Peach (NYC)
This literary embodiment of the souls of David Chang, Peter Meehan, and the various iterations of the Momofuku concept, is punk and posh, haute and bas, subtle and ostentatious. Their website calls for submissions not only of recipes, but of dirty jokes and tall tales. Sometimes it’s all about balance.
Modern Farmer (Hudson, NY)
Modern Farmer revels in all things farmer. Always maintaining a dependably farmer-steered perspective—whether it be a professional rancher or amateur dabbler—the zine covers all you need to know with regards to the farm. From intricate exploratory features on whether cattle are being slaughtered humanely enough, to profiles on extraordinary farmers and guides to must-have gear, we can all gain enlightenment from the stunning and informative Modern Farmer.
Put A Egg On It (NYC)
This art and literary bi-annual zine considers food, cooking and the collective bliss of sharing meals with friends and family. Inside it’s green, digest-sized pages you will find simple cooking tips, personal and photo essays, illustrations conveyed with a refreshingly irreverent tone.
Remedy Quarterly (San Francisco, CA)
The literary and inventive, Remedy Quarterly travels across vast expanses to access the food memories and recipes of inspirational foodies from across the globe. The people surrounding the meal are the chief characters of the story in this platform that revels in food and memory.
ROCKET Magazine (Tokyo, Japan)
ROCKET Magazine is the natural outgrowth of Tokyo’s ROCKET gallery, an art space showcasing food and art. The high-concept, ubercool foodieodical introduces new food culture, and sums up food related parties, exhibitions, travel destinations and innovators associated with the gallery.
Saucy Magazine (NYC)
Indie mag Saucy scrutinizes our “fallible relationships with food and each other.” Exercising the mediums of photography, illustration, story-telling and poetry, the publication eschews traditional content, like recipes, in favor of themes.
Swallow Magazine (NYC)
Swallow conveys each reported journey with a comical tone and a Pop-Art aesthetic. The zine dedicates each issue to an atypical travel destination, like Siberia and Mexico City, and shuns fads in foodie culture—don’t expect to find features on bone marrow or truffle oil here. Food and travel are instead viewed through the lens of art and fashion as their latest, highly anticipated issue reflects, as it highlights history and art more than food in some ways.
Sweet Paul Magazine (NYC)
Sweet Paul Mag showcases the work of the “incredibly talented posse of food-geek, photography-obsessed, craft-genius friends” of Norweigan craft and food stylist, Paul Lowe Einlyng. Guided by the motto “perfection is boring” Sweet Paul hopes to sweeten everyday life with easy to create ideas, craft-projects and recipes, “filtered through the lens of [Paul’s] seasoned stylist’s eye.”
Sweets & Bitters Quarterly (NYC)
Sweets & Bitters is a design-focused quarterly that aims to capture “the good life” in a series of photo essays presented alongside themed mini-cookbooks. In highlighting seasonal and local ingredients, the foodieodical also recognizes the practicality and viability of their suggested tips within the context of our modern world. One flip through the vivid spreads will leave you wishing there was some way to dive headfirst into the pages.
The Runcible Spoon (Washington, D.C.)
The Runcible Spoon invokes “daydreaming about food and cooking.” Equal parts food and art mag, the Washington D.C. publication features a collections of stories, collages and recipes with an artful aesthetic. Even better, it’s free.
Wilder Quarterly (NYC)
Geared toward the gardeners, growers, foragers of the food community, Wilder Quarterly imparts the horticulture-minded with an ever-useful gardening tool. WQ uniquely examines how culture, travel, food, and design interconnect with the growing world.
Devon Walsh is a budding writer, researcher, editorial web producer and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has traveled far and wide, hungrily eating her way through five continents, and documenting cultural happenings along the way. Viewing each adventure, and particularly the meals involved, as a gift, she seeks to investigate the ways in which food can serve as a context through which to explore foreign lands and their cultures, history, politics, psychology and beyond.