A Sense of Place: The Future of Local Food Retail 

In conversation with Casey Hogan, Jesse Baerkahn and Tzurit Or

Moderated by Leah Mennies

In this panel conversation, we'll discuss the purpose and responsibilty of restaurants and food retailers within communities, the current and potential roadmap for retail food establishments in Boston, and how food can be the medium for cutivating a sense of place in an increasingly placeless word.

Moderator: Leah Mennies

Leah Mennies is the Group Editor at John Brown Media, where oversees the content agency's U.S.’s editorial programs, with a specialty in food content strategy. Previously, she was the Senior Food Editor at Boston magazine, where she oversaw the publication's print and digital restaurant verticals. Her food writing has appeared in regional and national publications including Bon Appetit, The Washington Post, Coastal Living, PUNCH, Food & Wine, Gather Journal, Lucky Peach, and The Boston Globe.


Casey Hogan, Sr. Operations Manager + New Vendor Relations, Boston Public Market

Casey Hogan is the Senior Operations Manager, New Vendor Relations for the Boston Public Market, where she works with prospective and new vendors through the evaluation, concept development, and execution stages of opening a business within the Market.

Jesse Baerkahn, President/Founder, Graffito SP

Jesse Baerkahn is the President and Founder of Graffito SP (“GSP”), a Boston-based real estate development and urban design firm focused on complex ground-floor leasing + activation projects. Jesse has been working hands-on with restaurateurs, retailers, artists, makers, and other creatives in various capacities for two decades and is an outspoken advocate for real estate development strategies that embrace localism and experimentation.

Tzurit Or, Founder, CEO, Pastry Chef, Tatte Bakery & Cafe

Founder Tzurit Or started Tatte Bakery & Café in 2007, baking 20 hours a day in her home kitchen and selling her delicious creations to Boston farmers’ markets. After only one summer, Tatte expanded to its first brick-and-mortar bakery in Brookline, Massachusetts. She has since opened eleven Tatte cafes but the aim has always remained the same; each Tatte has its own individual sense of identity, feel and style but they all stay true to the original spirit – to what Tatte is all about.

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As usual, the talk is free.

Door: 6:00pm / Talk: 6:30pm


March 20,  2019