Our Story

Welcome to Let’s Talk About Food. I’m the founder, Louisa Kasdon. LK Headshot In 2010, I started an organization with a clunky sounding name, Let’s Talk About Food. My goal was simple: to engage people of all ages in the conversation about food. I didn’t care if the hot topic for any one individual was sustainability or urban farming; obesity, school food, food labeling; home cooking, or even just the joy of eating. I figured that if you could connect each person with a food passion, that passion could eventually be turned into action. Let’s Talk About Food has morphed from my little do-good idea to a city-wide umbrella organization that presents educational events in partnership with universities, museums, libraries, hospitals, cities and towns, cooking schools, trade organizations, science festivals and a host of other non-profits. It all began with a press screening of the documentary, Food, Inc. When the film came out, I yippie-d at the preview. As the food editor oft the Boston Phoenix and former restaurant owner, I was convinced that Food, Inc. would be the trigger for an energetic conversation. I wrote a glowing review. But at the time no one wanted to see the movie. With help from food friends, we put together a screening at the Boston’s Museum of Science for the food community –chefs, nutritionists, academics, people from the public sector and basically anyone else in our contact lists. The response was overwhelming. An auditorium filled at 2 PM on a Tuesday afternoon, with 200 more on the waiting list, shocked me and the staff at the museum. I knew I was on to something. Let’s Talk About Food was born. Since that first event, we’ve partnered with the Museum of Science, Harvard Law School, Chefs Collaborative, the New England Aquarium, the City of Boston and the City of Cambridge and many more to bring experts and the public together, most notably at a public festival which brought 10,000 people out in a summer rainstorm. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished. But here’s the point: I didn’t do it alone. I reached out to everyone I knew and asked them to help. By asking organizations, experts, volunteers to do what they do best and most easily, I was able to put together the blueprint for a community conversation around food.  With passion, a playbook and plenty of good partners, you can spark a food revolution in your own town ((even with a non-existent pocketbook)–. Through the simple act of public conversation, we can change the future of food in our country –one city at a time.
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Meet The Let’s Talk About Food Team

LK HeadshotLouisa Kasdon is the CEO and Founder of Let’s Talk About Food. In this capacity, Louisa has created over 50 food and health based public events in Boston that bring the public and experts together to deepen their understanding of the role of food in our world. Her producing partner is the Boston Globe, and institutional partners include the Museum of Science, Harvard University, the New England Aquarium, Project Bread, Northeastern University, the Boston Public Library, and the Harvard/MIT Broad Center and the Cambridge Science Festival among others. Louisa is also a Boston based-journalist with over 500 published articles and several books on food, business and health for national, regional, and international publications. Kasdon was the food editor of the Boston Phoenix for 15 years, and a senior editor at Natural Health and Boston Magazine.

  Jennifer Garrett is a freelance project manager and event producer specializing in partnership development. After a 15 year career in retail supply chain and consumer product life cycle management, she decided to follow her passion for engaging audiences through creating unique and thoughtful educational events, joining the Lectures and Special Programs team at Boston’s Museum of Science as Associate Producer in 2010. During her time at the museum she had the opportunity to work with luminaries such as actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, theoretical physicist and string theorist Brian Greene, and food journalist Mark Bittman. With a focus on local food, her freelance clients have included the Nantucket Wine Festival, Massachusetts Cheese Guild, The Trustees of reservations, and the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives.

  cropped-matchLeigh Vincola is a writer, editor and freelance culinary professional. Her work involves marketing, sales, writing, branding, events and PR for food related business and organizations. Raised in Boston with dual US and Italian citizenship, she is most inspired by seasonal New England, and regional Italian foods. As the former Director of Marketing for Edible Boston, Leigh has a deep appreciation for the region’s farms, producers, restaurants and chefs. Leigh also has ten years’ experience as professional writer, editor and writing coach. Her focus is on lifestyle article, e-book and web content writing, as well as non-fiction manuscript editing and development. Her writing has been published in local and international magazines and she is working on a full length manuscript. Leigh holds a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture and master’s degree in English/non-fiction writing.
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Food Policy Action’s mission is to highlight the importance of food policy and to promote policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, protect and maintain sustainable fisheries, treat farm animals humanely and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production. Food Policy Action promotes positive policies through education and publication of the National Food Policy Scorecard.
RIW Color Logo - JPG (00018104)Ruberto, Israel & Weiner is a full service Boston-based firm, serving the hospitality and retail industries  for over 40 years. We understand the unique legal and business challenges of these industries. RIW organizes seminars; publishes articles; and serves on boards for hospitality industry companies, and is a co-founder of the annual Boston area  Restaurant Trends Seminar.
marlo marketing is an integrated marketing and communications agency with offices in Boston and New York City. They represent best-of-class consumer lifestyle and professional services clients ranging from early stage start-ups to national Fortune 500 companies.
wburWBUR, 90.9 FM and wbur.org, is Boston’s NPR® news station and the home of nationally syndicated programs, including On PointHere & NowOnly A Game and Car TalkWBUR provides listeners with thorough coverage of local, national and international news from NPR, Public Radio International and the BBC, in addition to its own locally produced content from a dedicated newsroom and from the daily news magazine Radio Boston. Listen to WBUR at 90.9 in Boston, or 89.1 and 92.7 on Cape Cod and the islands.
Revolution Foods (a company founded by 2 moms) is committed to transforming the way America eats by providing access to great-tasting, healthy meals for families across America. Since its founding in 2006, it has served over 125 million healthy, delicious, kid-designed, affordable meals to schools across the country. Expanding upon its success in schools, Revolution Foods launched a line of high-quality, ready-to-eat Meal Kits, available at retail. Today its 1,000+ locally-hired employees share in the Revolution Foods mission by creating and delivering approximately 1.5 million freshly prepared meals to students in schools, every week. Based in Oakland with kitchens throughout the US., it was twice named the second fastest growing company in America’s inner cities by the Inner City 100 List and ranked by Fast Company as #6 (for food) on the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.
If you’re interested in becoming a partner or sponsor of Let’s Talk About Food, contact Louisa Kasdon: louisa@letstalkaboutfood.com.

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