Generation Yum: Learn how Millennials and Gen Z are impacting the food system

Come see a presentation on Feb. 20, 2019 at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Michigan State University Extension is collaborating with the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, GROW and Start Garden to host a series of networking and educational events for food business entrepreneurs. Culinary Conversations is the title of the series. Eve Turow Paul, is a thought-leader on youth culture and the food system. She will be the featured speaker at the Feb. 20, 2019 event from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market located at 435 Ionia SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Turow Paul has spent several years researching and writing about food culture and the ways in which 21st century innovations and pressures are re-shaping the human experience, and thus, people’s wants and needs. This is most evident within the Millennial Generation (1980-1996) and Generation Z (1996-2010). Turow Paul is the author of A Taste of Generation Yum, How the Millenial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs, and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food. She has worked with Google Food Lab, the Culinary Institute of America, SXSW, Nestle Food4Talk, and many others. The Feb. 20 event is $20 to attend and is open to the public. Registration is available at this link.

Culinary Conversations is a new MeetUp group serving West Michigan’s food industry professionals (growers, producers, restauranteurs, distributors, and others). It is designed to strengthen the social capital within the region’s local food system. Culinary Conversations will offer regularly scheduled MeetUp gatherings that include networking, educational opportunities, and speaker events.

Michigan State University Extension’s Community Food Systems Work Team and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems has been working for many years to strengthen the local food system and social capital within the food system in Michigan. MSU supports local food councils, food hub development, farmers markets and the development of new food businesses and food products through the MSU Product Center. For more information, contact an MSU Extension office in your community using our toll free number, 1-888-678-3464.

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