Edible Orlando Takes Manhattan


The Edible Orlando crew headed to New York City this past weekend for the Edible Institute, a four-day series of speakers and luminaries in the local food movement.

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Publisher Kendra Lott and Digital Content Editor Kristen Manieri accepted the award for Best Website.

Alongside editors and publishers from 80 other Edible publications from across the US and Canada, our team attended seminars led by noteworthy industry professionals, including Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate, and Betsy Andrews, Executive Editor of Saveur Magazine.

Friday evening turned out to be a momentous occasion when the Edible Orlando team won the Eddy Award for Best Website. Held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the Eddy Awards Gala recognizes excellence in publishing and outstanding contributions to the local food movement. This was Edible Orlando’s second Eddy Award.

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Editor Katie Farmand and hubby Jason Farmand (EO’s art director) with their daughter, Hazel.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Institute opened to the general public and was kicked off by keynote speaker Mark Bittman, food journalist and columnist for The New York Times. Bittman, who also wrote the best-selling How to Cook Everything, called for greater transparency in the food industry, encouraged the audience to challenge exploitative farming practices and made a strong case for cooking at home. “It’s the most economic way to eat and it gives us back control. Cooking puts us back in the driver’s seat,” he said. “To routinely outsource those decisions to an industry that doesn’t care about us is nothing short of reckless.”

edible inst panelAs the weekend progressed, a bevy interesting panel discussions took place on stage, including topics related to technology, seafood, farming and culture.

All in all, it was a fabulous trip and the team has returned to Orlando filled with fresh enthusiasm and ideas for supporting our local food culture.