Begin each day with panel discussions at The New School, followed by demos, lectures, and hands-on sessions at ICE.

General admission includes access to all four panel discussions and the conference keynote – plus your choice of one demo – during the two-day conference. Make the most of your experience by adding on a hands-on cooking session and attending our cocktail party!

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Friday – April 28th
Day One: Reimagine

All panel discussions and conference keynote are included in your general admission ticket.


Reimagining Sustainable Restaurant Kitchens
Professional kitchens – both in restaurants and in institutions such as schools, hospitals, and prisons – can be made more energy-efficient and more sustainable in terms of their use of waste. Design and new technologies can contribute to create better appliances and environments for culinary professionals.
Panelists: James Feustel, Elizabeth Meltz, Robert Laing, Sara Brito
Moderator: Alan Someck

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Reimagining Sustainable Connections Within Food Chains

Food chains – connecting producers to distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers – play a crucial role in contemporary food systems. What improvements can be implemented in the connections among stakeholders to make food more accessible, affordable, and sustainable, while reducing overall food waste?
Panelists: Michael Hurwitz, Thomas McQuillan, Elizabeth Balkan, Eric Stone
Moderator: Fabio Parasecoli 

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Massimo Bottura
Massimo opened Osteria Francescana in 1995 in his hometown of Modena, Italy. Over the past decade he has become the leader of the contemporary Italian kitchen. In June 2016, Osteria Francescana was awarded the No. 1 position on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Through Food for Soul, the non-profit organization founded by Massimo, he aims to empower communities to fight food waste through social inclusion. His goal is to encourage public, private and non-profit organizations to create and sustain community kitchens around the world. Each project aims to bring a sense of dignity back to the table by promoting the values of art and beauty, encouraging solidarity within local communities and recovering food, places and people. The Refettorio initiatives he launched during the Milano Expo in 2015 and the Rio Olympics in 2016 reflect this approach, offering a relevant template in rethinking food distribution and consumption.

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Resume at the Institute of Culinary Education
225 Liberty St, 3rd Fl

One demo during the two-day conference is included in your general admission ticket. On the day you aren't attending a demo, consider signing up for a hands-on cooking session!


Chef Dan Kluger of Loring Place
Join Dan Kluger, chef/owner of Loring Place in NYC for an inspiring cooking demonstration featuring innovative and delicious dishes that eliminate food waste.


Whole Hog Butchery with Mangalitsa by Møsefund
Join owner of Mangalitsa by Møsefund, Chris Andersen; brand ambassador Patrick deMunecas; and ICE chef-instructor and butcher Charles Granquist for a whole pig butchery demonstration, followed by a salumi tasting.


On the alternate day of the demo you select, sign up for a hands-on cooking session:

*Requires additional fee & reservation


Fin, Claw and Tail: Cooking the Entire Fish
Chef Bill Telepan of Oceana, local and sustainable seafood sourcing champion, will teach you two of his favorite recipes for zero waste seafood cooking – lobster bolognese and Provençal bouillabaisse – all while sharing his commitment to reducing waste in his professional kitchen.

Vegetable Butchery
Learn to coax unexpected flavors and textures out of seasonal vegetables with ICE chef Michael Garrett. In this class you will learn creative ways to utilize whole vegetables, from tops to roots, and discover innovative flavor pairings and techniques to turn simple vegetables into dramatic plated dishes.

Intro to Hydroponics
Learn how to grow herbs, greens, fruit and flowers indoors using hydroponics in a controlled environment under artificial light with Farm.One’s farm manager, David Goldstein. This introduction to the high-tech world of indoor growing will open your eyes to the possibilities of year-round, pesticide-free, high-quality, high-yield agriculture suitable for space of any size. Explore ways to reduce food waste through crop selection and harvest techniques.


Kick back in ICE's library, sample chocolate in our bean-to-bar lab, pick herbs in our hydroponic farm, or simply enjoy the company of conference attendees and presenters over cocktails and snacks prepared by ICE's chef instructors.

*Requires additional fee & reservation


Saturday – April 29th
Day Two: Repurpose


The New School
Tishman Auditorium at University Center
63 5th Ave

All panel discussions are included in your general admission ticket.


Repurposing Food Waste
Food waste reduction at each link of the food chain needs to go hand in hand with approaches and technologies to find new uses for what would be otherwise thrown away, from ugly vegetables to the by-products of food production. Scientists, chefs, designers, and consumers can all contribute to finding creative ways to implement a truly circular economy in the food system.  
Panelists: Kate MacKenzie, Jehangir Mehta, Doug Rauch, Katy Franklin
Moderator: Andrew F. Smith 

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Repurposing Spaces & Materials
Unused or underused spaces, such as abandoned lots and old buildings, can be transformed by architects, interior designers, entrepreneurs, and food producers – from urban farmers to DIY manufacturers. Such efforts also include construction materials, which can turn from waste into resources.
Panelists: Jonsara Ruth, Missy Robbins, Bill Hilgendorf, Dr. Robert Graham
Moderator: Steve Zagor

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Resume at the Institute of Culinary Education
225 Liberty St, 3rd Fl

One demo during the two-day conference is included in your general admission ticket. On the day you aren't attending a demo, consider signing up for a hands-on cooking session!


Beer to Grains to Bread, and Back Again
Join us for a fascinating demonstration highlighting the evolution of two of the world's most popular foods and beverages--bread and beer. Madi Holtzman and Devin Hardy of Toast Ale USA will demonstrate homebrewing with fresh bread that would have otherwise gone to waste. Ashwin Goutham Gopi of RISE Products, will lead a talk on the technology they've created to upcycle spent grains from brewers, one of Brooklyn's largest sources of food waste, back into food. During the demonstration, you will be among the first people in the U.S. to sample Toast Ale's pilot batch, paired with breads baked using RISE flour by ICE pastry chef-instructor Kathryn Gordon.


Movements in Spice
Gestures, inventiveness, expression and efficiencies can be discovered through flavors and spice. Celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner will team up with master spice blender and author, Lior Lev Sercarz, to explore food making through objects, emotions, actions and creativity – all in consideration of their visionary processes to reduce waste and maximize sustainability.


On the alternate day of the demo you select, sign up for a hands-on cooking session:. 

*Requires additional fee & reservation


Sustainable Bean-to-Bar Chocolate
Sourcing is one of the most critical components to making small-batch chocolate, and sustainability is at the forefront of most chocolatiers decision-making process. Chef Michael Laiskonis will guide you through the process of bean-to-bar chocolate making in ICE’s state-of-the-art Chocolate Lab, while discussing methods for reducing waste at various points throughout the process.

Fermentation as Preservation
Create delicious and healthy probiotic foods, while preserving the season’s bounty with fermentation. Join chef Jaime Young of the critically-acclaimed Sunday in Brooklyn for an introduction to the basics of food microbiology - transform your raw produce into probiotic superfoods. You will learn about and taste a variety of fermented food types created by Jaime: vegetables, dairy, beverages and vinegars, as well as make a veggie recipe or two to take home and ferment yourself.

*Schedule is subject to change

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