If you’re looking for a unique opportunity to engage with leaders in the food world, you won’t find a more influential group of advocates for your brand.
Eat Retreat is a creative retreat and national community of food leaders. Each year, we bring together people from across the country and across food disciplines for an immersive four-day retreat to exchange ideas, spark inspiration and create meaningful connections. It is an opportunity for radical cross pollination.
People in the culinary world speak a special language, and we are all connected through food. We each leave our own mark in the world, but together we are a powerful force in helping to determine what we eat now, and what we will eat in the future.
Emilia Juocys, Eat Retreat Alum & chef
Eat Retreaters are cooks, farmers, food writers, entrepreneurs, butchers, bakers, beekeepers, photographers, food system visionaries, community builders and makers of all kinds. Each year we curate a group of 40 influential food professionals from around the country through a competitive application process.
Marsh Skeele is a founding fisherman of the community supported fishery Sitka Salmon Shares.
Shanna Pacifico is a Brooklyn-based chef who has helmed some of NYC’s most notable kitchens. She creates seasonal, locally-sourced food influenced by her Brazilian-American heritage.
At Three Springs Farm, seventh generation farmer Ben Wenk grows apples, peaches, pears and cherries. The farm will soon offer a line of hard fruit cider.
Riana Lynn is the founder of FoodTrace, a technology company that builds sourcing software and apps for a stronger food system.
Rick Nahmias fights urban hunger as the founder of Food Forward, a non-profit that rescues local produce that would otherwise go to waste.
Caitlin Riley tells inspiring stories about people working in food, drink, health and sustainability as a video producer for Whole Foods’ online magazine Dark Rye.
Jesse Friedman is the brewer and co-founder of Almanac Beer Company, a farm-to-barrel brewery based in San Francisco.
Dafna Kory makes single-variety fruit jams, pickles and shrubs as founder of INNA Jam.
Eat Retreaters serve as ambassadors to their own food communities—nationally, locally and virtually. Collectively, we reach millions of people on social media. Our alumni network includes more than 150 food professionals, who are creators, founders and representatives of an impressive list of products and organizations, including:
Good Food Jobs • Bike a Bee • Pinterest • Sprig • Open Table • Kitchit • Civil Eats • Heritage Radio Network • Edible San Francisco • Farmrun • Underground Eats • Slow Food USA • Chuao Chocolatier • Drywell Art • Accel Foods • Williams Sonoma • Good Food Web • Dinner Was Delicious • Bitty Foods • Brooklyn Brewery • Siren Fish Co. • The Year In Food • Food + Tech Connect • Ichi Sushi • Dandelion Chocolate • INNA Jam • Sitka Salmon Shares • Fudehouse • Almanac Beer • Momofuku Culinary Lab • Enzo Olive Oil • Sur Le Table • Studio Industries • Whole Foods • Spice Hound • Food Forward • California Olive Oil Council • Heritage Foods • Environmental Defense Fund • Kensington Quarters
When I followed my instinct to cooking school, I had a vision of being a part of something bigger. Something was happening in the food world and I wanted to be part of it. Here’s a secret: it’s all about the people. The people that grow it, butcher it, ferment it, cook it, teach it, photograph it and, of course, eat it. Eat Retreat reminded me why I joined the ranks.
Clare Langan, Eat Retreat Alum, chef and culinary instructor
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Kathryn Tomajan is an olive miller who has made award-winning olive oil in California and Australia. She is a certified olive oil taster and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Olive Oil Council. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.
Heather Marold Thomason is a whole-animal butcher dedicated to sustainable meat production. She has raised pastured livestock, established local supply chains and developed retail and wholesale programs to improve market access. In 2016 she founded Primal Supply Meats in Philadelphia, PA.
Lesley Stockton is a freelance writer, recipe developer and food stylist. She is a former food editor at Martha Stewart Living and Everyday Food, and is currently the kitchen manager and staff writer at The Sweethome.