This past weekend, Oatworks celebrated the first annual Brainfood Conference with Spoon University at AlleyNYC. Spoon University is an online publication designed to educate college students about food—how to eat it, cook it, think about it, and everything in between. Spoon University has chapters at colleges all around the country, so the conference was populated by the best and brightest students from all over, united by their love of, well, food!
Conference attendees enjoyed two days jam-packed with speakers, panels, workshops, and of course, quite the assortment of delicious food. Both days kicked off with registration and a complimentary breakfast that included yogurt, doughnuts, coffee, and some well-deserved Oatworks! Participants chatted, nibbled, and sipped as they met fellow foodies and mingled before the festivities began.
Some highlights included a keynote speech by Melissa herself of Baked by Melissa, in which she talked about her love for baking and excitement and craziness of starting your own business. Later, in a panel called “How Our Generation Talks About Food,” panelists discussed how millennials spend less time eating their food than they do hyper-analyzing, photographing, and filming it. Even Julia Kramer, associate restaurant editor of Bon Appetit, says she trusts Instagram images for restaurant recommendations.
There was also plenty of career advice for college students from startup founders including Tyler Gage of Runa Tea and Amanda Zuckerman of Dormify, with many founders saying that college was the perfect time to take risks and pursue what you love.
The overall message of the conference? Food intersects with everything, and it’s important to be engaged and informed. We agree!