Daily Bee: Edible Business Conference, #NationalBurgerDay and Madonna


Is it too early to think about dinner? We are delighted to learn that The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton, an incubator that assists budding food entrepreneurs, will present the first annual Edible Business Conference on Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7.  The event is “ideal for people working at all links in the food chain, from farmers to foodtech startups, from investors to concerned eaters, from food policy makers to agribusiness executives,” the organizers say.

The event will also feature a lot of eating and drinking — now, that’s the sort of business conference we like. (They had us at “raw bar” on the conference agenda.) There will be wine from Channing Daughters, nibbles from South Fork Kitchens and coffee from Hampton Coffee Company. Speakers include Amanda Hesser of Food52, Andy Arons of Gourmet Garage and Daniel Lubetzky of KIND bars. There’s also networking and a pitch-to-investors session.

Tickets are $159, plus $75 for the Saturday night chef’s dinner. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for students, farmers, senior citizens and others. For more information, email Kathleen.Russo@stonybrook.edu.

Did someone say National Burger Day?

So, we seem to have a food theme today. In a developing situation, we’ve just learned (thanks to Twitter) that it’s #NationalBurgerDay. That can only mean one thing: Go directly to LT Burger in Sag Harbor, and order one of Chef Laurent Tourondel’s creations. There are pulled pork and brisket burgers, Mexican burgers and even Mecox cheddar burger — the good chef likes to use local ingredients. There’s also skinny fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries….and did we mention milkshakes? OK, this dispatch is making us hungry. Let’s move on.

Madge takes the Hamptons

Now, this might be a little too celebrity-gossip-like for a fine business publication like ourselves, but we hear that Madonna has rented a 58-acre mansion in Bridgehampton. The Madge shack on Mitchells Lane is apparently right next to the horse farm she bought from Kelly Klein. Will local businesses get a visit from the Material, er, Woman? A source told the New York Post that visits to Candy Kitchen and fancier joints are unlikely: “She never goes out. She’s so happy in her house that she never leaves.” Well, maybe she’ll invite us over.

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