Author Archives: Michelle Paratore

About Michelle Paratore

Management consultant obsessed with food justice, food politics, food start-ups, food sustainability, and eating food too...

Event recap: San Franola Summer Food Summit

This is a shamefully late post but better late than never. I wanted to share some musings from an event last month: San Franola Granola, a local freshly-roasted granola producer, hosts quarterly food summits with the goal to “bring together … Continue reading

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The Future of Protein: Event recap

On Thursday night, I organized an event on behalf of the Food Startups group focused on innovation in protein. We featured a panel of entrepreneurs and investors working on both plant-based and insect-based protein sources. Wade Roush from Xconomy did … Continue reading

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Exo: Is that a cricket in my protein bar? I hope so!

I’ve been fascinated by the concept of entomophagy (edible insect consumption) ever since I heard about Don Bugito when visiting La Cocina in the summer of 2011 (Don Bugito is a San Francisco street food operation serving dishes inspired by … Continue reading

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Can We Be Saved From Our Own Appetites? by guest blogger Austin Kiessig

The Atlantic recently ran a cover story with the provocative title, “How Junk Food Can End Obesity.” Author David H. Freeman makes the case for why we must turn to big food companies to save us from our obesity crisis. … Continue reading

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Rethinking the obesity paradigm (part 1)

This is the first part of a post I’ve been meaning to write for many months now, ever since the second annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area (COBA) Conference, held in February (I know, an embarrassingly long time ago – blame … Continue reading

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LolaBee’s Harvest: The race for online groceries in the Bay Area

In spite of the death of Webvan in 2001, the world of online grocery delivery has been slowly creaking back to life. The explosion of CSAs in the late 00’s brought fresh produce to the doorsteps of thousands of Bay … Continue reading

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Fundraising for Food Startups Panel

The Food Startups group kicked off the 2013 year with a packed house for its first event on Thursday, January 10th. I’m thrilled to share that I’ve joined Matt Wise and Andy Saebjoernsen as a Co-Organizer of the group, and … Continue reading

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Call for food-related social entrepreneurs

See below for a request from a friend of mine at Wharton who’s looking for exciting Food & Nutrition social enterprises: *************************************************************** This year, Wharton Social Venture Fund (WSVF) is participating in an exciting initiative sponsored by a new domestic … Continue reading

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Local Food Lab Fall Demo Night

On Wednesday, November 14th, I had the pleasure of attending Local Food Lab’s Fall 2012 Demo Night in Palo Alto. Founder Krysia Zajonc summarized Local Food lab concisely in her introduction of the event, explaining that Local Food Lab is … Continue reading

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Demo night for small batch Bay Area food producers

Matt Wise and his food startups meetup team executed another successful event last Thursday night along with the help of Buyer’s Best Friend. They brought together a great group of small batch food producers along with attendees doing all sorts … Continue reading

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