Each year we convene a community of rising and established talent in the food industry doing multi-layered work from food justice to food culture and arts. We host a series of panels and talks that center women-identified people of color to help level up each other’s work, think through our urban foodscape, develop ways to build community, and rise up through food-centered work.

Our 2nd Annual Community Symposium will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at NAVEL. This year’s theme is Build Our Own Table. Through collaboration and ownership of our resources as a means of collective survival in mind, we have put together a day-long event aimed at skillsharing knowledge for a better food economy. We’ll be discussing the leveraging of tools like tech and social media, and the demystification of institutional terms like ‘investment capital’ or ‘equity’ from abstract ideas to entry points for developing models of WOC-centered ownership.

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ATTRACTING FUNDING & INVESTORS: Sashe Chandran, Founder, Tea Drops

Sashee is founder and CEO of Tea Drops. Tea Drops creates dissolvable loose leaf teas - ethically sourcing all of their organic teas, and shedding about 20% less waste than traditional tea bag packaging. Tea Drops has become a favorite among new and experienced tea drinkers alike, launching innovative tea experiences that merge flavorful blends, food art, and edgy design. Tea Drops are loved by Oprah Magazine, the Tory Burch Foundation, and former first lady, Michelle Obama.


FOOD & TECH: Becky Tehrani, General Manaer, Caviar

Becky leads Caviar’s local strategy for helping restaurants navigate the changing restaurant tech landscape and launch & grow their takeout business. Previously, Becky had a number of roles leading strategy and partnerships in dining for American Express working closely with chefs, industry associations, restaurant tech platforms, and identifying key trends in the Industry. Becky is also a co-founder of the TechTable Summit, an annual event focused on bridging the gap between technology and hospitality.


ATTRACTING FUNDING & INVESTORS: Corissa Hernandez, Craft Beer Cellar & House of Xela’s

Corissa Hernandez is the co-founder and co-owner of Craft Beer Cellar Eagle Rock, The Empire Tavern, and House of Xelas. In 2007, Corissa and her partners opened Legacy Full Circle, a company dedicated to educating low to middle-income families about financial literacy and planning. Inspired to fill gaps for her community, she then opened three craft beer businesses over the next four years, establishing herself as one of the few female forces in a predominantly male industry. Her bars have been featured prominently in print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, LA Magazine, and EaterLA. Never losing sight of the importance of giving back, Corissa has partnered with over a hundred aspiring chefs and restauranteurs of color.


FOOD INFLUENCING: Jenné Claiborne, Sweet Potato Soul

Jenné Claibrone, vegan chef, blogger, and author of the Sweet Potato Soul cookbook, is known for creating healthy and easy-to-make vegan receipts. She has a popular Youtube channel, also called Sweet Potato Soul. Shen went vegan for ethical and animal welfare reasons, and was pleasantly surprised by the way in which it improved her health and happiness. Jenné has been featured on several shows and in various media outlets including The Today Show, the New York Times, Washington Post, and more. You can find her recipes on and in her cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul.



Teatro Luna (2000) & Teatro Luna West (2014) , called “Theatre That Matters” by the New York Times is a national ensemble of Latinx and Women of Color artists, organizers, scholars, agitators, creatives, teatristas, dreamers and thinkers who collaboratively create original performances and produce multi-genre events towards a social justice purpose. Founded in Chicago 2000, Luna originally organized for the purpose of exploring the varied experiences and cultures of Latina women. Since 2013 Luna develops and showcases the creative talents of women of color in addition to the Latinx femme individuals and provides both live and virtual forums for artistic, social, political, and educational outreach into our varied communities.



The L.A. Co-Op Lab helps groups who share our values and are serious about starting or converting to a worker co-op develop their business, financial, and governance models as well as with financing.



9:45AM Coffee and Refreshments, Capuyo Café , Amara Kitchen, OG Juices, and Follow Your Heart 

10:00AM Welcome 

10:15AM Owning Your Space

10:45AM Food Influencing 

11:45AM Food & Tech

12:15PM Lunch, Amara Kitchen

1:15PM Grounding Session: People's Yoga

1:30PM   Attracting Funding & Investors

2:30PM   Creating Worker Cooperatives

3:00PM   Happy Hour,  Xelas South Central Brewing Co. and Greenbar Distillery Rum Cocktails 

Break-out Space Activations:

Zero Waste, Elena Lopez of Todo Verde and LA Compost

Cookbook Pop-up, Now Serving

Raffle: June Oven Thrive Market