For questions or information regarding any event, please contact our team at or 203-226-1112.

2013 Events

June 14-15, 2013: Aspen Classic

June 14: Run with celebrity chefs and wine experts through the city streets and parks of Aspen, while raising money for Wholesome Wave at the Celebrity Chef 5K Charity Run. Michel Nischan will be in attendance.

June 15: Michel Nischan at book signing at the Grand Tasting Pavillion.

June 20, 2013: It’s More than Food with Michel Nischan

Episode 5 of It’s More than Food will air LIVE on Heritage Radio Network from 4-5pm. This month’s show will feature Bookavore and Darien Librarian, Stephanie Anderson, as well as Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner. Michel and guests will highlight some of the top food books to add to your summer reading list and will undoubtedly remind us all of the benefits and rewards that we can reap when food is a meaningful and thoughtful part of our daily lives.

January-December 2013 (September 29-30, 2013 with Michel Nischan): Serenbe Southern Chefs Series

Join some of the South’s most talented chefs at the Farmhouse at Serenbe in Georgia and work side-by-side to create some of their favorite dishes and hear stories of their culinary history. Hands-on cooking, meals with wine and overnight accommodations at the Inn at Serenbe are included. Chefs include Michel Nischan, Linton Hopkins, Ann Quatrano, Andrea Reusing, Sean Brock, Hugh Acheson, Steven Satterfield, Chris Hastings, John Besh, Kevin Gillespie, Johnny Currence and Marie Nygren. Proceeds from the 2013 Southern Chefs Series will benefit Wholesome Wave.

Past Events

April 22-23, 2013: 4th Annual National Partner Convening: Cultivating and Advocating Sustainable Growth in the Local Food Movement

Convening Description

Wholesome Wave’s Annual National Partner Convening serves as a learning and networking opportunity for our partners, as well as a show of grassroots strength in Washington DC. Leaders from community-based agriculture and community development organizations, health professionals, chefs, and small business entrepreneurs from throughout the country come to Washington DC to cultivate and advocate for sustainable growth in the local food movement. Senior federal agency officials and policy makers also join the meeting for speeches, panels, and dialogue.

The 2013 agenda will feature discussions of the Farm Bill, best practices for on-the-ground programming to increase purchases of locally grown, healthy produce, and skill-building workshops. Speakers include Jose Andres, Chef/Owner of ThinkFoodGroup and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and Will Allen, Farmer, Founder and CEO of Growing Power. This year, we will also place special emphasis on building grassroots partners’ capacity for policy advocacy through a newly designed Advocacy Track.

February 24-25, 2013: Field & Fork Network Connections Conference

Chef Michel Nischan will close the conference with a presentation at 11:15am on Monday, February 25.

The farm-to-table movement is fueled by connections: consumer-producer relationships; farmer-chef partnerships; purveyor-producer ties. Connections are what make a local food system sustainable. We invite you to join us for two days of robust discussion about building a regional food system in WNY, unique networking opportunities, and inspirational talks from two well-known voices in the local food movement.

March 7-8, 2013: Partnership for a Healthier America, “Building a Healthier Future” Summit

Michel Nischan will take part in the “Healthcare Innovations: Helping Consumers” panel on March 8 at 10am.

Healthcare Innovations: Helping Consumers panel: “Obesity in America adds $190 billion annually to national healthcare costs. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations play key roles promoting healthier lifestyles and finding new solutions to help bring these costs under control. This session will look at innovative initiatives that promote health and wellness within the hospital environment as well as through other healthcare organizations and the communities surrounding them.”

March 20, 2013: No Impact Week, Auburn University

Auburn University will host a workshop with Michel Nischan as part of No Impact Week. Sponsored by the Community and Civic Engagement Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts. Pebble Hill, 2:30 pm.

February 16, 2013: TEDx Manhattan, Changing the Way we Eat

The goal of “Changing the Way We Eat” is to create new synergies, connections and collaborations across disciplines, to unite different areas of the food movement, and to introduce the TEDx audience to the exciting and innovative work being done in this field.   The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming is the lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan.

Michel Nischan, CEO/Co-Founder, introduces White House Executive Pastry Chef, Bill Yosses, in Session 2 at 1 hour 41 min. mark.

Click here to watch the “Changing the Way we Eat” sessions.

February 14, 2013: It’s More than Food, A Place at the Table: Food Access in America

Food insecurity, obesity, diabetes, hunger, and federal food assistance- these are the topics of the day on It’s More Than Food. In the debut episode, host Michel Nischan is talking with two guests about food access. Lori Silverbush is the Co-director of the A Place at the Table, a film that highlights hunger’s economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation. Janet Poppendieck is a Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, and the author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America and Bread Lines Knee Deep in Wheat. Find out about the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Why so many Americans view SNAP participants as ‘welfare queens’, and how do negative opinions of low-income people feed the problem of food insecurity. Listen to Michel, Lori, and Janet discuss some stories from A Place at the Table, and how people of all ages are affected by a lack of healthy food in their communities. Later, hear Michel and Janet talk about emergency food’s affect on our everyday culture, and the importance of a living wage in establishing food security. How do initiatives like Green Carts help to provide access to healthy food in food deserts and create jobs? Find out on the first installment of It’s More Than Food! This program has been brought to you by Wholesome Wave.

October 22-26, 2012, Food Day Events

Food Day is October 24, 2012! Wholesome Wave & many of our partners will be participating in Food Day events around the country. Check back here for a listing of events in your neighborhood during the week of October 22-26.

10/23, 5:30-7:00pm: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the World of Food

Michel Nischan will join James Beard award winning chef Andrew Zimmern, along with some of New England’s top chefs and restaurateurs at Babson College (Wellesley, MA) to chat about the world of food. Registration is required!

10/23: Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association co-hosts Food Day San Jose at San Jose State University. Click here to download the poster for more details.

“Food We Eat” 12 noon – 3p.m in the Student Union, Umunhum Room
Featuring discussions about local school food, distribution and accessibility, Cottage Food Law, and the Food and Farm Bill

“Food We Grow” 3:30p.m. – 5p.m. in Morris Dailey Auditorium
Featuring a panel on school gardens at all levels: K-12, Community, and College/University.

Tasty, Local Eats Provided by Slow Food South Bay; Canning Demonstration by Paige Byer of SV Local Market; ‘Locavore Fair’ featuring Local Food Resources: where and how to access them & get the most out of eating them; Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Art Show; Donation-based Farmstand Featuring Local California Farmers

10/23, 3:30pm & 10/24, 8:30am: Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink celebrates Food Day at Phillis Wheatley Elementary in Miami, FL

On Tuesday, October 23, under the guidance of Ms. Kelley, chef Keith, Himnahtoohyah and farmer Melissa, the science club will plant seedlings brought from several local farms into the school’s six raised garden beds. To learn more about Tuesday’s events, pl

On Wednesday, October 24, 4th and 5th graders will gather in the cafeteria to learn first hand about real chickens and real eggs from chef Keith who raises both at the Earth and Us farm. The presentation will include a show-and-tell of several types of eggs, as well as a DVD of the Lake Meadows farm. Chef Bradley will serve a fresh local tomato and squash quiche made from the Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink kitchen.

To learn more about these events, click here to download the media alert.

10/24: Wholesome Wave Twitter Chat 10am EST

On October 24 at 10 a.m. EST, join Wholesome Wave and our CEO Michel Nischan for a Twitter chat about local food and local farmers in celebration of Food Day 2012.

This is your chance to ask us questions, describe innovative programs and ideas that increase access to local foods and benefit local farmers, share with us ways in which you make local food a part of your daily life, and discuss challenges that surround local food and supporting local farmers. Send tweets at any time before or during the Twitter chat using the hashtag #wwfoodday. We will respond live @wholesomewave.

10/24: Food Day with Food Corps & Wholesome Wave at Barnum School in Bridgeport, CT

Wholesome Wave & Food Corps are teaming up to bring Food Day to Barnum School in Bridgeport, CT. Students will have the opportunity to decorate local pumpkins, watch cooking demonstrations, and taste recipes prepared with local ingredients.

10/24, 12:00pm – The Big Apple Crunch, throughout NYC

The Big Apple Crunch is an attempt to set the world record for the “Most Participants in an Apple-Crunching Event.” New Yorkers can participate by getting together and crunching an apple at one synchronized time – 12pm on October 24th – or any other time that day. We want it to be the crunch heard ’round the world! Please pledge to take a bite with us at 12pm or at any time during the day that works for you. You can also organize a group crunch on October 24th. – a New York City based organization tracking new world records – will be tracking our progress towards having the “Most Participants in an Apple-Crunching Event!” To register, click here.

10/24, 4:00-7:00pm: Athens Farmers Market;  Food Day, southern style.

Athens Farmers Market City Hall 301 College Ave Athens, GA 30601

Home v. Away Cook-off
Home cooks battle Athens’ finest chefs with market produce as their inspiration in an Iron Chef-style competition

Five for Food Day Auction
Buy 5 different products from our market growers and you’ll be eligible for a $50 market gift certificate. Eat your fruits and veggies!

10/24: Urban Oaks is coordinating Food Day events in New Britain

Biggest, most exciting, is the special Urban Oaks and locally sourced lunch option at CCSU; along with the college students, diners for lunch will include a busload of Smalley Academy(our local very needy school) students most of whom have been or will be in our farm’s after school Growing Green programs. Deanna Lampo, Food Corps member for NB, will accompany those students with school staff.

Also, a Puppet show, Fernando the farmer, in English and Spanish presented by the Hispanic Health Council at the Community Health Center waiting area/lobby with a tasting/sampling table of Urban Oaks’ produce and info on health eating.

10/24: Denver celebrates Food Day at free event at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver is celebrating Food Day at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens. It is a FREE event open to everyone who wants to help celebrate Food Day. It will kick off at 10am with a “Healthy Family Eating” cooking demo by Chipotle. After that there will be a film screening of “A Garden in Every Neighborhood” hosted by Denver Urban Gardens. Between 11:30 and 12:00 there will be healthy restaurant samplers from some of Denver’s greatest restaurants. And we are very excited that Denver’s Mayor Hancock and Denver Seeds will be giving a speech addressing Food Day at 12:15. Throughout the afternoon there will be many seminars including food safety and preservation and how to eat and shop healthy on a budget. There will also be many informational booths set up throughout the day. Make sure to check Denver Botanic Gardens website for more info and schedule:

10/24, 6:00-8:00pm: Hartford Food Systems’ presents Food Stamped

Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system. (62 minutes) A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panelists include Martha Page, executive director, Hartford Food System; Lucy Nolan, executive director, End Hunger Connecticut; and, Grace Damio, director of Research and Service Initiatives, Hispanic Health Council. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments. For more information, call the Hartford History Center at 860-695-6297.

10/24, 4:00-7:00pm: Community Health Works and Strong4Life presents Harvest Your Health at the Mulberry Street Market in Macon, GA

Join Community Health Works, Strong4Life, Macon Roots and the Mulberry Street Market team for a day of family fun, food and fitness! There will be healthy cooking demonstrations, local food tastings, free health screenings, information on child nutrition and physical activity, gardening activities with the veggie van, games and activities and raffles. Click here to download the Harvest Your Health flyer.

10/25, 3:30pm-dusk: Farm Fresh Rhode Island hosts Armory Harvest Party

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is throwing an Armory Harvest Party at the Armory Farmers Market on October 25th from 3:30pm-dusk to celebrate Food Day and the Harvest. Click here for details on the Armory Farmers Market.

10/26: St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Maine presents the 6th Annual “Alive in Lewiston”

A delicious home-style meal featuring local farm ingredients, live Americana music from some of Maine’s best musicians, and a space covered with wall to wall community inspired art? What’s NOT to love about this year’s sixth annual Alive in Lewiston!  A celebration of local food, music and art, Alive in Lewiston has been bringing friends, family and neighbors together each year to enjoy an artful and relaxing evening out while helping to support the community gardening, food access and cooking and nutrition projects of Lots to Gardens and the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. This years Alive in Lewiston will also help honor Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food and the “Bring Health Back” youth campaign. Hosted at this historic Wallace School Building (home of the Nutrition Center) at 208 Bates Street in downtown Lewiston, Alive in Lewiston begins at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:00 pm.  For those eager early birds, tickets are an affordable $15 through the week before the event and $20 at the door.  Kids under 12 are $5 in advance or the night of the event.  For more information or to RSVP please contact 207 513 3844 Click here to download the Alive in Lewiston flyer.

Partner Events

Wholesome Wave partners throughout the United States host an array of events. Please check here to find an event in your area. If you wish to have an event listed, please email