Archive for June 2013

Part I – Robyn O’Brien AllergyKids Foundation

Robyn O’Brien is recognized by Teri Hatcher, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Bell and moms around the world. She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. She is a former food industry analyst, author, mother of four and the founder of AllergyKids Foundation. Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as a financial analyst that covered the food industry. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy. She has appeared on CNN, The Dr Oz show, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC’s Kudlow Report, Fox News and in several documentary films, including Food Patriots, Unacceptable Levels, Genetic Roulette. Robyn’s work has been recognized by individuals such as Yoko Ono, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the author of The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2010) and her work is seen in Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner’s 2012 video, Labels Matter, and in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. She is the founder of the visionary organization which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children.

Part II – Kristin Lajeunesse Will Travel for VEGAN Food

From nine-to-fiver to lifestyle-designer, Kristin Lajeunesse has taken her background in marketing and applied it directly to the things she loves most: food, travel, and helping others discover ways in which they too can do what they love for a living. On February 14, 2011 Kristin launched the first and only vegan wedding resource website, Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings. While she was finding her entrepreneurial legs she honed her communications skills while working for the World Society For The Protection of Animals, and her social media consulting skills with Vegan Mainstream. Before long Kristin’s entrepreneurial and traveling spirit grew stronger, she left traditional comforts behind and in September 2011 hit the road on an epic, life-changing road trip across the country. Will Travel For Vegan Food was born and has since blossomed into a growing business venture. Kristin is currently working on a book about her road trip, and continues to stretch her entrepreneurial stride as she helps others grow their businesses through social media and online marketing guidance.

Part I – Erin Meagher Fairtrade Movement with Kelapo

Erin Meagher is the developer of Kelapo™ Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, a product manufactured and marketed by Beneficial Blends LLC, headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Prior to creating Kelapo, Erin was a high school business teacher with a passion for motivating students to pursue entrepreneurship. While still teaching, she discovered extra virgin coconut oil. She launched Kelapo on 2009 with the goal of producing the very best quality coconut oil on the market, while ensuring fair and ethical treatment of the farmers who cultivate it. She insists the farmers be protected under the IMP Fair Trade Program, that they are organic-certified, and that the company engage in eco-friendly practices.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from NC State University in Business Marketing Education.

Part II – Paul Huljich Stress Pandemic

Paul Huljich co-founded Best Corporation, a pioneering organic foods company of which he was chairman and joint-CEO. In leading the company to great success, during which its value grew to more than $100 million. Over time, Huljich developed a number of stress-related conditions. Ultimately, in 1998 he had a complete mental breakdown as a result of years of unchecked stress. He lost his rights as a citizen and was made a ward of the state.

Despite seeking the best care available, Huljich was informed that there was no cure for his illness and that he would inevitably relapse. Determined to free himself of his conditions, he began a comprehensive search for answers. He traveled to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and voluntarily admitted himself to the Menninger Clinic in Kansas for treatment.

Aided by exhaustive research, Huljich ultimately succeeded in fortifying himself and mastered his stress. He was able to overcome his debilitating condition by using empowering techniques to achieve a healthy, positive way of life, by developing and implementing his nine-step LifeReStyle Process.

Since the year 2000, Huljich has not taken any medication related to his conditions, suffered any relapse nor needed any further treatment regarding any kind of mental illness. He has fully cured himself and has never felt better. He is back in business and, better and stronger than before. He shares his personal story and his path to recovery and wellness in a holistic way, in Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution.

Huljich is a Public Speaker, Stress Management and Lifestyle expert, a member of the American Institute of Stress and blogs for Psychology Today. More at and

Part I – Erik Blauberg Master Chef Cooks Vegan

With more than 20 years of experience, renowned culinary expert Erik Blaubergis known around the globe as a master chef and first-class restaurant consultant. He has brought his considerable talent and expertise to such acclaimed eateries as Manhattan’s famed 21 Club, Colors, American Renaissance, the Ritz in London and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Blauberg has garnered rave reviews from revered publications such as Bon AppetiteGQEsquireForbesThe New York TimesNew York MagazineNew York Daily Newsthe London Times and The Observer, to name a few.

He can be seen on The Food Network, The Discovery Channel, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and MSNBC, and he has made numerous guest appearances on the CBS Morning News, The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Regis and Kelly.

As the founder of EKB Restaurant Consulting, Blauberg creates food programs and raises service standards for venues around the world. He is recognized for his ability to understand and help restaurants respond to economic, dietary and industry trends.

Blauberg’s professional accolades include being named “one of the world’s great chefs” in the Culinary Institute of America’s Great Chef series, serving as executive chef for the 12th Annual James Beard Holiday Auction, earning the Special Achievement Jay Walman Award, and receiving four stars from Forbes magazine eight years in a row. The Academy of Hospitality Sciences named him one of the world’s best chefs and presented him with its prestigious Five Diamond Award. Food critic John Mariani, famed food columnist and author, named Chef Blauberg one of the top 10 chefs in New York City.

His education in the culinary arts came the old-fashioned way, by working alongside some of the most celebrated chefs in the world, in regions including the US, France, England, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Japan. He traveled to the French kitchens of Paul Bocuse and Roger Verge, the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Kicho in Osaka, and to the Restaurant Freddy Girardet in Switzerland. In New York, he sharpened his culinary skills at Bouley, La Cote Basque, Windows on the World and Tavern on the Green.

Blauberg has contributed to countless cookbooks and recently joined other prominent chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Thomas Keller and Charlie Trotter, as a contributor to the vegan-inspired cookbook, “The Great Chefs Cook Vegan.”

Part II – Gene Baur Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME Magazine. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. His book, entitledFarm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, was published by Touchstone in March 2008 and has appeared on the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.

Part I – Marion Nestle Food Politics 10th Anniversary

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health . Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002, revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003, revised edition, 2010), and What to Eat(2006). Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine , was published in 2008 and in paperback in 2010. Her book with Dr. Malden Nesheim, Feed Your Pet Right, came out in 2010. She is currently working with Dr. Nesheim on a book about calories for University of California Press. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily (almost) at and at The Atlantic / Life. She also twitters @marionnest

Part II – Erica & Sara Kubersky Mooshoes

MooShoes, Inc. is a vegan-owned business that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories. MooShoes offers its services through an online store as well as in its lovely retail store in New York City, the first cruelty-free store of its kind in NYC.

Founded in 2001 by sisters and Queens natives, Erica and Sara Kubersky, MooShoes was originally located near the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan in a defunct butcher shop. After a brief period on Allen Street, MooShoes re-located to its current location at 78 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

MooShoes is also home to a slew of rescued cats who were adopted from some of our favorite local organizations, many of whom hold adoptions days at our store from time to time. They’ve held many events at the store for many talented, generous individuals and organizations in the vegan community.

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