Mayor of New York Eric Adamsauthor of a cookbook, surprised attendees Monday at the 9th annual Jewish Food Media Conference, which brought together industry professionals and bloggers. Full Story, Photos, Video
By the COLlive journalist
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The 9th annual Jewish Food Media Conference was held in Manhattan on Monday, bringing together Jewish food industry professionals for networking and fellowship.
The conference, founded by a food blogger Melinda Strausstakes place one day before Kosherfest each year, giving food industry professionals who are in town for the annual Kosher Food Expo an opportunity to meet and network.
This year’s conference was organized by Shloimy and Shifra Klein of Fleishig’s Magazine, which has partnered with the charity Masbia to welcome members of the food and media industries to Sen Sakana’s restaurant in New York.
The event was sponsored by 7th Heaven Chocolates, an Israeli company, backed by a large group of Lubavitch investors led by the entrepreneur David Schottenstein. 7th Heaven goes by the name “Panda Chocolates” in the Israeli market.
The host of authors, content creators, recipe developers, influencers and foodie enthusiasts mingled and bonded with industry regulars in an intimate setting. The crowd enjoyed a tasting of Nikkei cuisine at Sen Sakana, experts in fusing Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, as well as a selection of Thomas Ashbourne mixed alcoholic beverages.
A highlight was tasting 7th Heaven’s range of delicious vegan chocolates, which taste like milk chocolate but are plant-based, created in Israel from the highest quality chocolate, leaving guests amazed be dairy free.
Speakers included Remi Franklinfounder and CEO of Light Switch Digital and co-founder of Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirits and Privé Revaux eyewear, who spoke to attendees about growing your social media platforms and setting achievable goals to succeed.
Jennifer Weisliterary agency agent Ross Yoon, met the attendees and shared his insights into the world of publishing, offering editorial and development advice and knowledge to aspiring authors.
A surprise guest was the mayor of New York Eric Adamswho stopped and signed copies of his cookbook Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes.
The mayor addressed the attendees, proposing that Jewish food writers think about how best to use good food and write about kosher food to fight anti-Semitism. Referencing the “Breaking Bread, Building Bonds” program he launched as Brooklyn borough president, the mayor said he plans to host dinner parties in New York City to promote understanding between different cultures.
“At each dinner, 10 people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds sat down and talked to each other,” Mayor Adams said. “If we want to increase stopping hate crimes, we need to start with something as simple as a conversation,” he said.
Before leaving, the mayor enjoyed a tasting of 7th Heaven chocolate, which he described as “delicious and surprisingly non-dairy!”
Guests were delighted to see friends and associates again after several months, and left with tips and inspiration to grow their brands as well as goody bags full of delicious samples.
“It was an honor for us to host this exciting conference,” said Shloimy Klein. “It’s so important for everyone in the industry to come together, network and grow their brands…the conference provides an incredible opportunity and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,” he said. .
VIDEO: Address by Mayor Adams