Part of our daily routine here at The Spoon includes a lot of chats with food innovators bringing their new tech and ideas to market and in the process changing the way we eat.

In fact, we get so much good intel from these conversations we decided it’s time to open the dialogue and invite our readers to participate. That’s the goal behind Food Tech Firesides, our new online event series devoted to conversations with food tech experts about the most important topics in food innovation happening right now. Each month, we’ll “sit down” with one or two individuals contributing to the food community through their companies and innovations. Readers are invited to dial in, listen, and even post their questions in real time for the panelists answer.

We’re kicking off this series on May 30 at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT (Note: You can now listen to this conversation here in the form of a podcast). For this inaugural event, we’ll be talking food tech accelerators — what they are (versus, say, incubators), who they’re for, and what companies & founders can expect to get out of them.

Joining us will be Tessa Price, Lab Manager at the newly launched WeWork Food Labs and Peter Bodenheimer, Program Director at Food-X, one of the countries top food startup accelerators.

Food-X’s Peter Bodenheimer (left) and Tessa Price of WeWork Food Labs will lead the conversation.

Tessa leads programming for WeWork Food Labs, which she joined after a stint as program director for Pilotworks, the shared-kitchen startup that shut down in late 2018. She’s also done concept development work for a number of NYC restaurants, including Le Pain Quotidien and Taim.

As Partner and Program Director for Food-X, Peter handles the design and execution of the Food-X program, which recruiting, due diligence, program delivery, managing fundraising activities. His career in the food industry spans more than 20 years, including co-founding and leading business operations for Flatstack. He also cofounded the coworking space Launch Pad, as well as Launch Pad Ignition, the first startup accelerator in the Southeast U.S. He also built and launched BarNotes, a social discover platform for cocktail lovers.

You can join our first Food Tech Fireside by registering here (Note: You can now listen to this episode in the form of a podcast). Space is limited for this event, so sign up now to ensure your spot in the conversation.

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