Dale Talde’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his native Chicago where he learned to prepare meals alongside his mother. The proud son of Filipino immigrants, he grew up immersed in his family’s cultural heritage while also enjoying the life of a typical American kid. Dale applies this distinct Asian-American experience to the menu of his eponymous restaurant, TALDE, which opened in 2012. It quickly became a hit with diners and critics alike, and in August 2012 he and his partners, the THREE KINGS, David Massoni, and John Bush, launched Pork Slope, a Brooklyn roadhouse serving his take on classic American bar food. In 2012, he took over the kitchen and became a partner in Massoni and Bush’s older restaurant, Thistle Hill Tavern. In 2015, Dale, John and David opened a second location of TALDE in Jersey City, as well as an Italian restaurant and café, Carrino Provisions, with friends and longtime Jersey City residents, Alfonso Carrino, Anthony Carrino, and John Colaneri of HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins,” “Cousins on Call,” and “Cousins Undercover.” In fall of 2015, THREE KINGS opened the third outpost of TALDE in Miami Beach. In 2013, Dale was given both a “People’s Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine magazine, and a “Rising Star” award from StarChefs. Dale began his professional career in Chicago as part of the opening staff at two of the city’s most acclaimed eateries: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Thai-inspired, French restaurant, Vong-Chicago; and Chef Shawn McClain’s New-American restaurant, Spring. Dale was also a two-time cheftestant on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning culinary show, “Top Chef.” He competed in season 4, as well as on the show’s “All Star” season, and became one of the show’s most popular cast members.

J.J. Kasper is Founder of Blue Seed Collective, a Seed Venture Capital firm located in Brooklyn, NY. Previous to Blue, J.J. was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, a disgruntled lawyer, and a failed academic. 

John Stage is the founder and owner of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and most recently, Apizza Regionale, Flip Bird, Egg at The Bird, and Bar Granger at Gotham Market at The Ashland in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Nearly thirty  years  after  opening their first location in Syracuse, NY in 1988, Stage has grown Dinosaur Bar-B-Que  into  a nationally recognized brand, opening eight more locations, a catering division, an award-winning line of BBQ sauces and rubs, and releasing his own cookbook, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse.

Stage brings three different culinary concepts to Gotham Market at The Ashland, the new artisanal culinary market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. At the market, Stage and his son, Dylan, introduce: Apizza Regionale, serving regionally sourced Italian fare, including pizza, arancini, salads and salumi; Flip Bird, a spatchcock rotisserie and fried chicken restaurant using Amish antibiotic-free chicken; and Egg at The Bird, the market’s grab-and-go and sit down breakfast counter specializing in breakfast sandwiches, homemade granola and coffee from Devocion in Williamsburg. Stage also operates the market’s central bar, Bar Granger. When he’s not cooking, Stage is out on the road for cross-country motorcycle trips. For more information on John Stage, please contact gotham@beccapr.com.

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Chris Manca has been with Whole Foods Market since 2001, in a variety of roles. Chris spent 10 years leading the Specialty Department for the Northeast Region of Whole Foods, overseeing categories like Cheese, Beer, Wine, and Coffee.  

Currently, Chris is serving as their Local Program Coordinator and is charged with sourcing new local brands and helping them grow their businesses within Whole Foods Market. In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Jenn and their two young kids, Mason and Maya. Chris is a passionate home cook and craft beer aficionado. He loves anything in the form of a taco, and has been known to drink his fair share of locally made IPAs.

Eve Turow Paul is a journalist and advisor who studies the wants and needs of
young people around the world. She investigates the latest research in
psychology, sociology, anthropology, speaks to thought-leaders and interviews
people of the Millennial and Gen Z generations to gain a better understanding
of their anxieties, hopes and passions. She then looks at how individuals
soothe themselves and fulfill many of their needs through food culture, where
young people overwhelmingly spend their discretionary incomes.

Eve is the author of A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial
Generation's Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make
or Break the Future of Food
. Today, Eve utilizes her years of empirical research
to advise Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and independent entrepreneurs on
how to connect with and better serve Millennials.

Eve Turow Paul formerly worked for New York Times contributor and cookbook
author Mark Bittman. She is a Forbes contributor. Her writing has appeared in
a number of publications including The Chicago Tribune, Plate, The Village
, on The Atlantic, Refinery29, Huffington Post and more.


Alessandra Henderson is currently VP of Network at Human Ventures – New York’s first female-led startup studio – where she leads the team that identifies founders, builds early stage teams and pairs them with an expert network of industry professionals to amplify and scale their startups. Additionally, Alessandra is also the Founding Executive Director of the MIT NYC Startup Studio, MIT’s first remote accelerator program launched in June 2017. Previously, Alessandra served as Content Partner Director at Artsy (2010-2014), joining Artsy’s founding team to build and scale international partnerships. Alessandra holds a BA from Vanderbilt University (2007) and an MBA from MIT Sloan (2016), where she was the recipient of the Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. Entrepreneurship Award (2016) and Martin Trust (1958) Community Fellow (2016) awards. 


Jennifer DaSilva, president at Berlin Cameron, is a seasoned integrated marketer with nearly20 years of experience working on Fortune 500 brands. In her 14 years with the agency, shehas managed key accounts like Coca-Cola, Heineken Premium Light, Vimeo, Gilt, Wyndham,  Lexus, Vitaminwater, and Capital One, for which she led the post-acquisition transition ofING DIRECT to Capital One 360.

She began her account management career in the WPP family at J. Walter Thompson. Afterrising through the ranks working on packaged goods for Warner-Lambert, Jennifer thenventured to M&C Saatchi, where she worked on the global British Airways account.

Jen graduated with honors from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program atBoston College. She serves on both the WPP Business Development and Digital AdvisoryBoards, and sits on the advisory board of Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation.  Jennifer has spoken about her thoughts on female empowermentand entrepreneurship at Cannes International Festival on Creativity and Girl Up Leadership Summit.  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-dasilva-9759b72



Valerie Biberaj is the Director of the Kate Spade & Company Foundation, as well as Director of Philanthropic Programming for Kate Spade & Company. 

In this role, she has overseen the reinvention of the Kate Spade & Company Foundation, formulating the philanthropic strategies under the new mission statement of empowering women to transform their communities.  The Foundation contains a dynamic portfolio of grantees that economically empower underprivileged women in New York City through technology, entrepreneurship and the arts. From pilot programs with established organizations like the International Rescue Committee to nascent nonprofits like Coalition for Queens, the Kate Spade & Company Foundation prides itself on true partnerships with grantees, helping them succeed and grow in ways most meaningful to them and the women they serve. 

Valerie has worked for a number of non-profit organizations, notably helping launch The Lunchbox Fund's app, Feedie, which translated food photo uploads into actual meals for children in South Africa. Previously, she worked in the General Counsel and Chief of Staff’s offices at David Yurman where her projects included the Yurman Foundation. 

Valerie earned a BA from New York University in English Literature and Creative Writing, followed by a JD from Brooklyn Law School.  She is a member of the Artemis Circle of the New Museum, supporting female artists. 

This former New Yorker now lives with her husband, Ken, and two sons, Hudson and Grant, in Northern Virginia.



Dee Poku-Spalding is a social entrepreneur who was born in the UK and raised between London and Accra.

She is the Co-Founder and CEO of WIE (Women Inspiration and Enterprise), a leadership network whose mission is to support women in their career ambitions by providing real world learning via unique access to established business leaders. She is also the founder of The Other Festival, a new platform designed to showcase female makers and creators.

Dee began her career in brand marketing and promotions and founded Right Angle, a marketing consultancy that specialized in strategic partnerships, bringing entities such as movies, brands, non-profits, and high profile individuals together whereby all parties benefited from a given campaign.

A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures). She oversaw the international movie release campaigns for films such as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth; the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men and O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel and 21 Grams, and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and son.


Yao Huang is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Hatchery, an organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem. Hatchery’s big dataincubator works with corporations to collaboratively develop new innovations and companies for competitive advantage and revenue streams leveraging machine learning, artificial intelligence, prediction, natural language processing. She has helped over 350 early stage companies through various phases of maturity with a focus on product, business, revenue, and funding. She leads up the enterprise incubator in New York building products with corporate partners -- from ideation, development, sales, funding to exit. She is advisor and deal maker to the governments of 10 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to assist foreign technology companies in their expansion to the U.S. market.

Yao was named by Forbes as one of eleven women at the center of New York’s digital scene, by Beta Beat as one of 25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene, and TechWeek’s 100 most influential people in tech. She is part of the U.S. State Department Global Entrepreneurship Program Delegations in bringing entrepreneurship and initiatives to strategic countries.

Yao is a sought after speaker in areas of building internet companies, technology, big data, social media, and entrepreneurship. Yao and her efforts have been featured in Fortune, Inc Magazine, The Miami Herald, Reuters, Daily News, Red Herring, Crain’s, American Venture, and TED. She has a particular passion for helping entrepreneurs, women, and social causes with projects in place to build global communities, and push more women into executive positions.


A graduate of Oxford University and named on the Forbes 30under30 list in sports, Ishveen Anand is an expert in sports sponsorship. She has spoken on panels at Millennial20-20, Sports PR Summit and international conferences such as ISPO and Sport Accord. Award-winning marketplace OpenSponsorship connects brands to pro-athletes, e.g. influencer marketing specifically for sports. Clients include top agencies and brands such as Glassdoor, Birchbox and Draftkings, helping them drive new users through digital content. VC-backed, OpenSponsorship has been listed by Forbes as one of the hottest sports start-ups