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Welcome everyone to my podcast Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano. This podcast will feature in-depth interviews with plant-based celebs, politicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, influencers, environmentalists, doctors, chefs, animal activists and so much more! I am dedicated to exploring how certain individuals are making the world a better place for themselves, those around them, our environment and our animals through their food choices, practices and businesses. I really do believe if we ...
 
Host Elysabeth Alfano dishes and drinks with celebs on The Celebrity Dinner Party. What funny stories and inspirational insights do celebs and influencers have to share from their road to success? Over food and drink the unscripted conversation flow, as Alfano sits down with some of the most prominent chefs, actors, directors, musicians, comedians, politicians and sports figures to find out! Live streaming and filmed in front of an audience and viwers that shares in the food and conversation ...
 
A Chicago native, Elysabeth has been living and breathing the arts for all of her life. Born to parents who were odd collectors and dedicated art enthusiasts, she went on to study art history and fashion in Paris and Florence. She returned to Chicago and owned an international art gallery, stretching her arts connections beyond the visual arts to all arts communities throughout the city. Having the itch to create herself, she worked in the Chicago fashion industry, designing and producing te ...
 
A Chicago native, Elysabeth has been living and breathing the arts for all of her life. Born to parents who were odd collectors and dedicated art enthusiasts, she went on to study art history and fashion in Paris and Florence. She returned to Chicago and owned an international art gallery, stretching her arts connections beyond the visual arts to all arts communities throughout the city. Having the itch to create herself, she worked in the Chicago fashion industry, designing and producing te ...
 
Fear No ART host Elysabeth Alfano invtes 3 creatives to a monthly dinner made by a celebrity chef. Over wine, food and a few impromptu performances the conversations fhigh about art, the creative process and a bit of everything under the sun. Filmed live from Chicago's Mayne Stage Theatre in front of a live audience, Fear No ART presents The Dinner Party streams live on FearNoART.tv the last Monday of every month at 7:30 pm CST. Twitter to FearNoARTChgo to ask the artists questions and to be ...
 
The Plant-Based Business Podcast by Vevolution brings together leading plant-based and cell-based entrepreneurs and investors to discuss what it takes to create and scale a business. Hosted by Vevolution Co-Founder's Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel, we go deep with the innovators driving the plant-based and cell-based movement forward. Vevolution is the home of plant-based innovators bringing together investors, startups and change-makers to create solutions fora better world. Learn more at w ...
 
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Having just interviewed Jim Mellon on a Food Innovation & Invement Summit panel, I thought it would be a good idea to re-run this interview. Investor and Author of Moo's Law: The Investor's Guide to the New Agrarian Revolution, Jim Mellon, joins me on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss his vision for the global shifting food supply chain. Tune…
 
This week we are joined by Elysabeth Alfano, CEO & Co-Founder of VegTech Invest. Elysabeth is long-time founder of Plant Powered Consulting and Host of The Plantbased Business Hour. Launched in 2022, VegTech Invest and advisor to the active VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF (Ticker EATV). EATV invests in companies that are actively innov…
 
Jennifer Côté is co-founder of Opalia, a company delivering a new era of dairy by using mammary cells to make whole milk. Jennifer was a big cheese lover and wanted recreate the products she loved before she went vegan. She's now driving innovation in the cell-ag dairy space with the cutting edge tech at Opalia. Tune in to hear about her funding ro…
 
David Benzaquen, founder of Mission:Plant, is a powerhouse in the plant based space and this week's episode reflects the variety and depth of David's experience. David has a background in activism and at the start of this episode we talk about the power of advocacy work and how to have impact, before moving onto David's collaboration with a Certifi…
 
Many already believe that fostering an alt-protein industry in the US is important for helping the environment, but is it also going to protect American national security? We’re already importing much of our clean energy tech from Asia, but will we soon be importing our clean protein from other parts of the world, too? Congressman Ro Khanna, a Demo…
 
This week's episode features Christie Lagally, founder of Rebellyous Foods. From a background in aerospace engineering and advocacy work, Christie saw the need for big structural change in the manufacturing of plant based meat products. She and her team at Rebellyous are now working hard on cutting edge tech to provide affordable quality at scale. …
 
In this week's mini episode, Erik speaks to Lewis Foster, founder of vegan dating app: Grazer. Lewis was working in the film industry, when he was offered to pitch a project that didn't feel in line with his vegan ethos. This marked a turning point towards a mission-aligned career. Tune in to hear Lewis talk about his experience of finding funding …
 
Former CEO of VFC, Matthew Glover, is on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss the recent video that takes on KFC's claims of humane animal treatment. We also discuss Matthew's long, long history in the vegan movement with Veganuary, Million Dollar Vegan and Veg Capital. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/brandi…
 
Damien talks to Dan Murray-Serter, co-founder of smart supplement, Heights. Dan was struggling with insomnia and anxiety, when a dietitian suggested a simple solution in the form of a dietary supplement. The results were life changing, prompting Dan to see the importance of taking care of our brains and create Heights. In this episode, Damien and D…
 
On this week's mini episode, Vevolution funding success story, we are joined by Jean Louwrens, CEO and Co-Founder of De Novo Dairy. De Novo Dairy is a South African precision fermentation startup creating the future of nutrition . De Novo Dairy produces nature identical, animal free proteins for optimum human nutrition. Jean discusses the importanc…
 
Erik is joined by Deborah Torres, founder of Atlas Monroe, whose vegan fried chicken has won multiple awards. Deborah is a great storyteller, with a fascinating origin story to her company and some good insights from her appearance on Shark Tank. Tune in to hear Deborah talk about jumping in at the deep end, and the impressive growth of Atlas Monro…
 
In the first episode of Season 4, Erik interviews Stephanie Michelson, founder of Jellatech. Jellatech uses cells to grow, design and purify collagen and gelatin for applications in a range of markets, from medical to consumer based products. Erik talks to Stephanie Michelson about how she spotted the niche in the market, and the incredible science…
 
Former Co-CEO of Whole Foods, Walter Robb, discusses the state of today's grocery stores in a potentially post Covid world on the Plantbased Business Hour. Tune in to hear if DTC is here to stay, if grocery stores will reallocate real estate to vegan brands and if the consumer will ever be ready to accept cellular meat. For plant-based media/brandi…
 
While it’s a charity, Family Empowerment Media tries to run like a business in that it relies heavily on measurable, evidence-based strategies that produce a significant return on their investment. Though the return they’re seeking isn’t a financial one, but rather is in the form of the social change they’re working to create, mainly by empowering …
 
What will it take for cultivated meat to succeed? CEO Eric Jenkusky, of cultivated meat scaffoliding biotech company Matrix F.T., is on The Plantbased Business Hour. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabethalfano.com. For more information, visit E…
 
If you’ve been listening to the show for some time, you know that replacing animals in the food system is a topic very close to my heart. While the meat and egg industries in the grand picture have still been largely unaffected by plant-based competitors, that’s not the case in the milk industry, where the explosion of plant-based milks has very ta…
 
CEO of Boosh Plant-based Brands, Jim Pakulis discusses if plant-based consumption will catch up with skyrocketing plant-based investing on this edition of The Plantbased Business Hour. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabethalfano.com. For more i…
 
Live! A guided tour of The Better Meat Co. with Paul Shapiro on The Plantbased Business Hour. After the tour, it is a taste test of bacon, burgers, sausages and more! Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabethalfano.com. For more information, visit …
 
I try to read any new book that comes out on the topic, and that includes Richard Munson’s new book Tech to Table: 25 Innovators Reminaging Food. I really enjoyed reading this book by someone who’s far more well-known for his deep-dive biographies of visionaries like Nikola Tesla and Jacque Cousteau, but now has written a new book featuring dozens …
 
LIVE FROM FUTURE FOOD TECH: Anuj Maheshwari, Head of Agri-Food Investing at Temasek discusses their strategy for plant-based innovation and alternative proteins throughout the supply chain (AKA VegTech-type investing.) Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabe…
 
Beyond Meat's Head of Communication, Shira Zackai Discusses Beyond's nutritional and planetary impact on The Plantbased Business Hour. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabethalfano.com. For more information, visit ElysabethAlfano.com. Connect wit…
 
Nil Zacharias of Plantega is creating plant-based deli menus for bodegas across New York. What has the field marketing taught this Co-Founder about plant-based consumption, repeat purchases and the adoption curve? Subscribe now to never miss an episode. For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabetha…
 
LIVE from Ingredion's Expo West Booth: Matt Olsofsky, Founder of Take Two Milk, Jorge Azevedo, Chief Growth Officer of Planter, Beth Tormey, VP and General Manager Systems and Ingredient Solutions, Ingredion and Karen E. Constanza, Marketing Manager, Meat Alternatives, Ingredion. They all answer the same question: will alt protein persist through w…
 
For those of you who’ve been enjoying Business for Good for some time, today’s guest may sound familiar. That’s because Kim Le is not only our guest on Episode 85, but she was also our guest on our 49th episode back in 2020. If you’ve not heard it, I do recommend you go back and check it out, which will be helpful in seeing just how much has change…
 
Author Dick Munson (Tech To Table) discusses if blockchain technology will transform the food supply system on The Plantbased Business Hour with Elysabeth Alfano. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabethalfano.com. For more information, visit Elys…
 
One of the most common questions I get from listeners is: how can I invest in companies you feature on the show? Well, most of them are startups backed by VC dollars, and that means the average retail investor isn’t typically going to be able to invest in these early stage private companies. But what if there were a way to invest money in an index …
 
CEO of Wicked Kitchen and Former General Mills Exec, Pete Speranza, talks plant-based business trends on The Plant-based Business Hour. Start-ups and investors take note! This interview will discuss the burgeoning secular trend of plant-based innovation and how to take part in the industry growth.By Elysabeth Alfano
 
nvestor and Author of Moo's Law: The Investor's Guide to the New Agrarian Revolution, Jim Mellon, joins me on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss his vision for the global shifting food supply chain. Tune in to hear this billionaire's predictions and top investment picks! Subscribe! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking,…
 
Humanity’s relentless demand for seafood is emptying the oceans with little end in sight. Does the path to freeing fish from us run through fungi fermentation? That’s exactly what Anne Palermo is betting. As you’ll hear in this interview, Anne is a former asset manager at Morgan Stanley who decided mid-career that she wanted to start her own chocol…
 
Jeremy Coller, Managing Partner of Coller Capital, Preeminent Food Tech Investor and Funder of Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) joins me on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss the risks of investing in animal agriculture and the growing number of investors (representing $47T in capital) pushing for higher standards and change. Sub…
 
The President of VegTech Invest, Sasha Goodman, Managing Partner of Kambio Partners, Ken Kornbluh, and Founder of DEA Wealth, Chris Buck, join me on the Plantbased Business Hour to discuss VegTech Invest, the making of an ETF on the New York Stock Exchange, and the secular trends emerging from the current industrial revolution. Subscribe now to the…
 
You know when you get a food product like those Beyond Meat sausages and see that instead of plastic, it’s in one of those biodegradable trays or bowls? Have you ever wondered how they do that? I mean, that bowl needs to repel oil and water from its surface without getting soggy, but still be actually biodegradable. Seems impossible. Well, it turns…
 
CEO of EatWell Group, Marc Aneed, joins me on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss investing up and down the plant-based supply chain. Tune in to learn about the structural growth of this secular trends. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabeth…
 
Head of Global Marketing of Eat JUST inc, (Eat JUST and GOOD Meat), Tom Rossmeissl, joins me on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss branding in a flexitarian and increasingly competitive world. Subscribe right now to never miss this podcast! For plant-based media/branding consulting and public speaking, reach out at elysabeth@elysabethalfano.co…
 
When it comes to food, we often hear that switching to organic, local, non-GMO production methods are what’s best for the planet. But, what if the preponderance of scientific evidence doesn’t support such claims, and that actually both the planet and public health are better off with the synthetic fertilizer banned by organic standards; that buying…
 
For real: What were you doing during your sophomore year of college? Probably not what Jessica Schwabach was doing, which was starting her own plant-based meat company. Two years later, Jessica has gone through two prestigious accelerator programs, created products that have been sold in dozens of stores, and just raised a $4 million seed round, in…
 
Climate Change, Animal Agriculture and What The Heck? Middlebury Professor Jason Scorse is on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss the Masters of Art in International Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice program, The Center for the Blue Economy and what you can do now to have a positive impact on climate change. Tune in. Things will ge…
 
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