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Meet the innovators and influencers at the intersection of food and technology. Tech Bites investigates the profound ways the rapidly evolving digital world is transforming how we discover, produce, and share food in the real world. Are the food revolution and the start-up generation in sync or in conflict? Host Jennifer Leuzzi explores how technology impacts our culinary lives. Get connected @TechBitesHRN on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter or email us TechBites@HeritageRadioNetwork.org. Tech Bit ...
 
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Meet the Forbes 30 Under 30 Food & Drink class of 2022. The annual list identifies and applauds young innovators and entrepreneurs who are redefining the way we eat, drink and think about food. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Forbes Under 30 editors Chloe Sorvino and Kristin Stoller. Two of this year’s winners talk ab…
 
The food tech trend with the greatest velocity right now are culinary and chef-driven NFTs: non-fungible tokens purchased with ethereum, minted in the blockchain. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Chef Shirley Chung of Ms. Chi Café, writer Andy Wang and Grant Friedman, Director of the Private Client Desk for Coin Cloud,…
 
Following Tech Bites tradition, the last show of the year is a look into the future of trends and innovations. What do some of the top women in food tech see for 2022? Tech Bites host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Dr. Jasmin Hume, Founder and CEO of Shiru, a biotechnology company addressing a critical need in the food industry by providing access to m…
 
On Tech Bites, the penultimate episode of the year is always a look back. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks about 2021 with returning guest Rachael Nemeth, co-founder, and CEO of Opus Training, a mobile-first learning platform that delivers chat-based micro-training to address the 80% of the workforce that does not sit at a …
 
On this holiday episode of Tech Bites, we’ll look at paying it forward to building better communities with Studio ATAO’s The Neighborhood’s Table. Host Jenifer Leuzzi talks with Edric Huang, Head of Programming at Studio ATAO, about combating gentrification through intentional hospitality and their current fundraising project. Make it a real black …
 
Can you imagine a future where people don’t eat food produced from live animals? How many generations would it take for dairy-based ice cream to exist only in historical cookbooks as a taste of the past? On Episode 249 of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Matias Muchnick, the CEO and founder of NotCo, the five-year-old international plant…
 
What is the current state of growth and investment in food tech? The industry is coming out of the vacuum of 2020, with flush stock market gains and a sense of urgency about fixing the planet’s vital issues. This all lines up for an unprecedented investment period for food tech. On this episode of Tech Bites, Host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Rachel …
 
How many empty restaurant spaces are in your neighborhood? Do you know someone who is trying to turn their favorite recipe into a business, but can’t figure out how to get out of their home kitchen? Kitch is a marketplace that connects those with available commercial kitchen space with those who need it. It’s an easy turn-key solution to rent a pro…
 
Food delivery has never been more popular, nor more essential to people’s daily lives. Third-party delivery apps have dominated the space, dictating policies and payments for both home consumers and restaurants. Companies looking to take back control are creating their own platforms and systems. On this episode, Tech Bites host Jenifer Leuzzi talks…
 
Launched in 2021, Forge Project is an initiative to support leaders in culture, education, food security, and land justice. Forge exists as a platform for people and organizations whose crucial work serves the social and cultural landscape of our shared communities through a fellowship program, a teaching farm developed in partnership with Sky High…
 
In 2021, a year-and-a-half into the global Covid-19 pandemic, restaurant, food, and grocery delivery has never been more popular, nor more essential to people’s daily lives and the survival of the restaurant industry. Third-party delivery apps have dominated the space, dictating policies and payments for both home consumers and restaurants. Compani…
 
In 2021, a year and a half into the global Covid-19 pandemic, restaurant, food, and grocery delivery has never been more popular, nor more essential to people’s daily lives and the survival of the restaurant industry. Third-party delivery apps have dominated the space, dictating policies and payments for both home consumers and restaurants. Deliver…
 
In 2021, a year and a half into the global Covid-19 pandemic, restaurant, food, and grocery delivery has never been more popular, nor more essential to people’s daily lives and the survival of the restaurant industry. Third-party delivery apps have dominated the space, dictating policies and payments for both home consumers and restaurants. On this…
 
What’s the most important thing to teach kids about food? Maybe it’s not just flavors and cooking, but using food as a passport to learning about the world and the people in it. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Sarah Thomas, co-founder and chief imaginator of Kalamata’s Kitchen, the children’s digital platform that chr…
 
If you live in New York City, how far would you have to go to get to a neighborhood farm selling freshly harvested greens? Turns out, you just need to get to Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with returning guest Rob Laing, CEO and Founder of Farm.One. Started in 2016, Farm.One grows rare herbs, …
 
Would you guess that the Brooklyn navy yard is the location of the world’s first commercially viable urban rooftop vineyard? With the help of Finger Lakes industry leaders and Cornell University, Rooftop Reds has developed a custom urban planter system. 42 of these planters cover the 14,800 square-foot rooftop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. On this epi…
 
Although it has been growing in popularity since its launch in 2017, Substack’s eNewsetter paid-subscription platform really took off during the pandemic. There are currently 500,000 paid subscribers generating some $17 million in revenue that goes directly to the editors/writers/journalists who produce the content and manage their own subscription…
 
The Barrio Fridge in East Harlem, New York, was started during the pandemic summer of 2020 by best friends Darrielle Carter and Seantell Campbell, who wanted to serve their community with free food during a time of crisis. Today there are two fridges, and two brand new apps: one for Apple and one for Android. On this episode of Tech BItes, host Jen…
 
Consumer demands are redefining what we expect from grocery delivery services. Ghost grocery, ultra-fast delivery and grocery tech are trying to answer those demands. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Elaine Russel, who manages the grocery-tech focused Albertsons fund at Greycroft, and Oleg Shevlyagin, the founder of th…
 
In 2019 Americans consumed 31.4 pounds of tomatoes per person, with sales topping $3 billion, and imports accounting for more than $2 billion. That’s why new ag-tech company AppHarvest is growing tomatoes in a 30-acre indoor facility in Appalachia. By targeting the popular vegetable and producing it at scale, the company hopes to change not only ho…
 
With Warm Welcome started in 2019 as a podcast with the intention to bring together the Asian American restaurant community. Today it is a digital media platform with a magazine, pop-ups, merchandise, and events on Clubhouse. On this episode, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Arnold Byun, founder of With Warm Welcome, about how the mission and commun…
 
For the past year, we’ve produced more than thirty episodes of Tech Bites remotely, focusing on the innovations of the food, tech, and restaurant communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. On this episode, host Jennifer Leuzzi connects remotely via Zencastr with past guests to look back at the year that changed our lives. Deepti Sharma, Founder a…
 
In today’s pandemic marketplace, restaurants have to create new revenue streams outside of an in-person dining experience in order to survive. How does a restaurant translate its real-life hospitality into something online and virtual? On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with video designer and director of photography, David B…
 
Taste the future of food today! On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with a panel of people innovating food products, like sausage, bread, and eggs, for a healthier and more equitable table. Joining the discussion: Cara Nicoletti, Founder and CEO of Seemore Meats & Veggies, William Schumacher, Founder of Uprising Foods, and Nat…
 
In March 2020 when Los Angles closed as a result of COVID-19, the Geffen Playhouse launched the Geffen Stayhouse. Bollywood Kitchen is the latest show in a new lineup of live, virtual, and interactive productions. The production is a live version of Sri Rao’s cookbook of the same name that shares the story of his parents immigrating to America, the…
 
Can you successfully translate an in-person wine tasting to online? How many people would log-on to a live Twitter feed on Wine Tasting 101? Answer: 1.4-million people. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Chicago-based sommelier Belinda Chang about how she built a successful, global business producing virtual wine and hos…
 
The start of the year is always a good time to make a plan for your career and look at what’s viable right now in the industry. If you’re looking to make a move or pivot your career, this episode of Tech Bites is for you. Host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Alice Cheng, CEO and Founder of Culinary Agents, about current open positions, their new Marketp…
 
Following Tech Bites tradition, the last show of the year is a look into the future. Tech Bites host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Vaughn Tan, a London-based strategy consultant, author, and professor at University College London’s School of Management about his predictions for 2021. He specializes in designing organizations that are resilient to and …
 
The penultimate episode of 2020 is a look back at this most tumultuous pandemic year with the founders of two restaurant tech businesses. Returning guests Krystle Mobayeni, founder and CEO BentoBox, and Xavier Mariezcurrena, co-founder of ChouxBox, talk about how their companies and their customers in the hospitality industry worked to survive thro…
 
For restaurants, food producers, and farmers, managing food waste is key to increasing slim profit-margins. Decreasing food waste in our global food system is crucial to achieving sustainability for people and the planet. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with two different tech companies attacking the food waste sustainabil…
 
Looking to volunteer at a non-profit to create change, support your community and fight racial inequality? There’s an app for that. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with Spicy Green Book founder and CEO Danilo Baston, about building a international directory of Black-owned businesses. The volunteer staff includes photograph…
 
On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi checks in with returning guests Chris Rawley and Austin Maness of Harvest Returns, the crowdfunding platform for farms. How have things been growing since their first appearance on Episode 168? Since the pandemic, the business has focused on two verticals, indoor farming and regenerative agricultu…
 
How has the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our current global food systems? And how can we fix it? MIT’s 12th annual Sustainability Summit, “Food for Thought: Leveraging Food for a Sustainable Future," aims to look at ways we can collectively improve food access and equity. The MBA student-led virtual event, taking place this November, will explore…
 
Could a beer save the planet and feed the world? Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced for human consumption is lost and wasted. A staggering quaintly of food that could easily feed the 840 million people who are hungry. The UN designated September 29th as International Awareness Day of Food Loss and Waste to grow awareness and inspire ac…
 
Smart Kitchen Summit 2020 is going virtual. Like so many events this year, the global pandemic has forced an evolution from in-person to online. Is the food tech world better positioned to go virtual? On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with The Spoon publisher Michael Wolf about the Smart Kitchen Summit 2020 and how they plan…
 
Will kids eat healthier if it’s a game? Can another digital platform be successful at teaching kids about good food? On this episode of Tech Bites host Jennifer Leuzzi talks with returning guest Julia Olayanju, founder of YScooks, a platform that employs technology to educate and inspire student to make healthier and sustainable dining choices. In …
 
Are you a food tech innovator running a startup that is working to tackle one of the urgent food system challenges facing us today? Maybe you’re working on shortened supply chains, food loss mitigation, accessible food e-comm or functional ingredients. Are you looking for global collaboration and top-notch mentorship to move your business forward? …
 
With the global pandemic closing restaurants and keeping people at home, how do chefs serve up hospitality and stay connected to their customers? On this episode of Tech Bites talks with chefs about their pivot to online cooking classes and new business. Philip Speer of Comedor in Texas started Assembly.Kitchen. Franklin Becker in New York started …
 
The global pandemic has brought some aspects of life to a stand-still, while others have accelerated at incredible speeds. eCommerce has grown exponentially. Restaurants were on the uptrend in adopting technology to increase their business reach, now those trends have become essential survival tools almost overnight. On this episode of Tech Bites, …
 
On June 26, 2020 the students of New York City’s Food & Finance High School graduated in an online ceremony. On this episode of Tech Bites, graduate Niyah Rivers produces a show for a look info the minds her fellow students Kayla Jenkins and Romeo Malpica, to hear their thoughts on their virtual graduation. Episode 211 of Tech Bites is made possibl…
 
In 2016, Janique Edwards moved to Brooklyn and wanted to find black-owned restaurants in her new neighborhood. Janique and Anthony (then boyfriend, now husband) had the idea to create the EatOkra app and launched the first version in 2017. People want to know who owns a business as they make their purchasing decisions. Reservation platforms and gui…
 
On Friday March 13, 2020 the senior students of New York City’s Food and Finance High School got their senior sweaters. Part of the graduation traditions, they were scheduled to take their class photo on Monday. Before that could happen, NY announced all public schools closing on Monday, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead of gathering…
 
The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, has been a highlight of the elite hospitality world for the past 18 years, creating a real-time snapshot of best of global dinning. This year’s awards ceremony was set to take place in Belgium on June 2, 2020. With the onset of the global pandemic, and the urgent crisis it has created within the restaurant in…
 
Information has never been more crucial to our collective livelihood and wellbeing than it is today. ESL Works, a startup dedicated to closing the workplace language gap, uses texting and SMS to deliver lessons to workers based around the actual tasks they do in restaurants. In March 2020, they created StopCovid.Co in response to the pandemic, addi…
 
It’s been a springtime tradition at Tech Bites, to do an episode on disconnecting from your tech as a counter point to our 24/7 digital lives. For the past several weeks, most of the world has been living indoors due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with no respite from our digital screens. In spite of being inside, life is not always - quiet. On this …
 
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