Come with an open mind — and empty stomach.
Welcome to the inaugural Politics of Food event, which brings Downtown Manhattan restaurants and chefs together on Nov. 16 for a day of discussions and tastings.
Guests will enjoy two main events, presented by the 11-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Daily News; and City & State, the multimedia bipartisan news organization dedicated to New York’s federal, state and local government, political and advocacy news.
The Politics of Food Conference (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), which costs $45 per person, kicks things off in the morning at the New York Institute of Technology auditorium on the Upper West Side (1871 Broadway). The conference will explore food policy issues facing consumers and the food industry, and bring together top chefs, policy makers, and innovators from different fields to look at important food issues and trends. Topics will include the future of food programs for NYC’s vulnerable communities and legislating nutrition and food events in New York.
Bring your appetite to the Politics of Food Festival in the evening (7 – 9 p.m.) at the Museum of American Finance (48 Wall St.) in the Financial District. For $125, feast on dishes from Downtown restaurants while listening to live music and mingling with foodies and special guests.
Or, gain early access to the festival for $195 for a VIP reception (6-7 p.m.), where there will be meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs before others are let in. Participating restaurants range from tapas hotspot Amada to burger heaven Shake Shack.
Visit politicsoffood.nyc to purchase tickets or learn more about the Politics of Food events. Here are two chefs taking part in the festival.