The 10th Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection at Bastyr University in Kenmore

Monday, March 21st

The Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection (F2C2) brings regional food & beverage Producers (farmers, fishers, ranchers, food & beverage artisans, etc.) and Buyers (chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, institutional buyers, instructors, students, etc.) together for the industry’s biggest event in Washington. We will learn from each other, work together to continue to develop our region’s local food economy, network and enjoy the best lunch of the year.

About: F2C2 has gained a faithful following of return attendees while annually drawing in new food producers and chefs for a delicious and social day of doing business while learning from each other. Tracking surveys have consistently shown that the event generates at least $1 million in new sales in our local food economy each year. F2C2 showcases and connects the producers and buyers who care about local, sustainable and delicious.

Where: Bastyr University, just outside of Seattle in Kenmore, will host F2C2 in 2016. In addition to having a beautiful campus and a closely aligned mission, Bastyr University will offer a much easier commute for many attendees and has ample, free parking on site with no height restrictions!

Keynote: This year Thor Hanson, San Juan Island based biologist and author of The Triumph of Seeds, will offer the keynote presentation. An engaging speaker and storyteller, Thor will draw from the pages of his book to discuss the coevolution of seeds and human, we couldn’t have gotten here without them.

Producers: do you have product(s) you would like featured on the breakfast or lunch menu, or during the afternoon tasting? Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to have your product star in Seattle’s Best Lunch Of The Year! Chefs: would you like to prepare a dish for one of the meals? Please email F2C2 Food & Beverage Coordinator Zachary Lyons at by January 31, 2016.

Registration for Buyers & Producers opens Tuesday, February 2nd.  Please help us spread the word, “join” the event on Facebook.

Directions To Bastyr

Bastyr University Campus is located at 14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028.

You can find directions on the Bastyr mebsite


Onsite Accommodations

Fifth Floor Accommodations Available at Bastyr University for F2C2 Guests

Bastyr University is holding a block of rooms for F2C2 guests who wish to reserve a room on campus for the night before or after F2C2.

The Fifth Floor Accommodations are simple, cozy and clean making for a good night of rest. Here are the room details:

  • Available as singles or doubles
  • $39.50 per night for a single
  • $29.00 per person, per night for a double
  • Shared restrooms and shower rooms
  • Small lounge area with microwave, freezer and refrigerator
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Rooms are limited and will only be held until March 11th

Please note – while Bastyr’s food service will be closed on Sunday and Monday evening, there are many dining options nearby and a shared kitchen is available for overnight guests who wish to prepare their own meals.

If you are interested in reserving a room, please call Bastyr University at 425-602-3075. Please let them know you are attending F2C2.

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Agenda at a Glance

Subject to change

8:00 – 9:00       Registration and Breakfast

Fuel up for a busy day of the business of food

9:00 – 9:25       Welcome: The What and Why of FORKS

Justin Newstrum, Chef and President of FORKS

9:25 – 10:25 Keynote Presentation: The Coevolution of Seeds and Humans

This year Thor Hanson, San Juan Island based biologist and author of The Triumph of Seeds, will offer the keynote presentation. An engaging speaker and storyteller, Thor will draw from the pages of his book to discuss the coevolution of seeds and human, we couldn’t have gotten here without them.

10:25 – 12:15 Business to Business Networking

After a quick introduction to our very popular speed networking session, attendees will have the opportunity to make new connections based on a variety of supplier/producer categories.

12:15 – 2:00    Best Lunch of the Year!

Taste what your fellow producers and chefs have been up to lately

2:00 – 3:00       Breakout sessions

Session 1

Reducing Food Waste for Good and Profit

On September 16, 2015 USDA and EPA announced the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. In the Pacific Northwest there are efforts underway that bring this goal closer to home. Ashley Zanolli, Environmental Engineer and waste expert for EPA, will lead us as we explore the issue of reducing waste, saving food and feeding people. Joining Ashley will be representatives from farming, fishing, restaurant, grocery and energy businesses who are leading the food industry in making changes that benefit people and the environment while increasing their businesses’ bottom line.

 Session 2

Keeping it Fresh: Social Media for Food Businesses

In this session we will examine techniques and strategies for keeping your social media presence fresh, day after day, week after week, month after month.  Social media is more than just sharing photos of the same product, plates or produce. How can you keep your audience engaged and expand your reach? Hear what some of the leaders in this space are doing.

Session 3

Making Farmers Markets Work for You

As noted by the Farmers Market Coalition, farmers markets generate business, and business creates jobs. A 2011 Economic Research Service report found that fruit and vegetable farms selling into local and regional markets employ on average 13 full-time workers per $1 million in revenue earned, for a total of 61,000 jobs in 2008. Comparatively, fruit and vegetable farms that are not selling locally employed only three full-time workers per $1 million in revenue. The numbers seem encouraging!  But what does it really take to make the farmer’s market work for you?

3:00 – 3:20       Break

3:20 – 4:20       Ignite Presentations: Enlighten us, but make it quick

“Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the tagline for Ignite events. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. During this hour-long session, we will hear from (8 or 9) presenters on topics of import and interest to the food industry, from hydroponic agriculture to Washington viticulture, it will be a fun and informative session! If you are curious to learn more about Ignite f

4:20 – 4:30       Closing Remarks

Justin Newstrum, Chef and President of FORKS

4:30 – 6:00       Tasting Reception      

                        Sample local food and drinks served by the folks who sell it

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