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Sustainable, Local Foods: Not Hardly A Trend

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Sustainable foods. Green foods. Buying local. You may ask yourself, are these just trends? Well, we’re here to tell you, NO! It’s a foreseeable way of life, the wave of the future. This past Monday proved just that. From the turnout at the “Local Food Goes Digital” event at Chef Tony’s Restaurant, consumer demand to be “in the know” about their food is unmistakably here to stay.

In an effort to bring the discussion of food trends and current demands in the DC, MD, and VA (DMV) regions to the forefront, Foodem’s, Kash Rehman and Full Plate Ventures, Cheryl Kollin teamed with Digital Capital Week and Tony Marciante (Chef Tony), the owner of Chef Tony’s Restaurant. Together, with a room full of anxiously engaged and communicative participants, various topics were examined. Everyone from local farmers to policymakers, restaurant owners to caterers, local food alliances to food sellers and buyers voiced their experiences, thoughts and opinions on subject matters including, but not limited to:

  • The sustainable food movement in the DMV region.
  • Barriers suffered by small-producers in getting their products to market.
  • The online tool Foodem, how it’s disrupting the traditional supply chain, and how it’s bridging the gap between food distributors, specialty food manufacturers, local farms and wholesale food buyer.
  • Chef Tony’s take on choosing and buying fresh, local food products and ingredients as the basis for his daily menu and how he leverages Foodem.

In fact, the discussions were so in-depth and passionate that the event last nearly an hour after it was suppose to end.

We would like to thank everyone for sharing in success of this event, our speakers, Digital Capital Week, and Chef Tony for providing the space. Special thanks to the Montgomery Countryside Alliance for all that they do; a portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to the Alliance.

If you attended our event, let us know your thoughts. What stood out the most to you? Be on the lookout for future Foodem events!

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