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MEET SEED FOOD AND WINE

The Festival

SEED Food and Wine Week is the premiere conscious plant-based food, wine, and wellness experience in the country. Now in its seventh year, the four-day festival showcases the best in plant-based foods, wines, spirits, chefs, restaurants, authors, athletes and visionaries from across the country.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the SEED Food and Wine Festival is to inspire, entertain and educate our community and the thousands of patrons who flock to our events from across the country, on the benefits of plant-based living, sustainability and wellness. All while celebrating the diverse cultures, unique beauty and splendor that is Miami.

National Recognition


Named Top 3 Food and Wine Festival in the Country by USA TODAY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Named Top 10 Vegan Cities in the country by VegNews

 

 

Charitable Initiatives

Debris Free Oceans is a Miami-based non-profit organization that inspires local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste as part of a global initiative to eradicate marine debris from our beaches, reefs, and oceans. This year we will partner with them to host a Coconut Grove Biscayne Bay clean-up and a sustainable fashion show.

 

 

Zero Carbon Footprint festival utilizing a variety of sustainable practices and off-set programs

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For Sponsorship or Exhibitor Opportunities please email:

 

Derek Hodes at derek@seedfoodandwine.com

Alison Burgos at alison@seedfoodandwine.com

Melissa Pacheco at sponsorship@seedfoodandwine.com

 

For Public Relations and Media Inquiries please contact JennyLee Molina at jennylee@jlpr.com

 

All other questions or inquiries please contact

Alison Burgos (954) 288-8691 or alison@seedfoodandwine.com

THE seed squad

Alison Burgos

Co-founder

Alison is no stranger to organizing and promoting large scale events. Since 1998, Burgos has produced destination weekends and events in Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Puerto Rico. And Burgos knows how to draw a crowd – her events attract over 30,000 people annually.

 

When she became diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, she was confined to a wheelchair from 2011 to 2012, then underwent knee replacement surgery, followed by six months of physical rehabilitation to be able to walk again.

 

Becoming more conscious of what she put into her body, she began consuming more fruits and vegetables, until adopting the plant-based diet she eats today. Realizing that changing her diet had put the spring back in her step, Gaber and Burgos saw the opportunity to teach others how to eat their way to better health.

 

As a foodie, and highly aware of the burgeoning foodie scene in Miami, they realized that with Alison’s extensive experience as an event producer, that organizing the first of its kind plant-based food and wine festival was the best way to educate as well as enlighten others.

Michelle Gaber

Co-founder

Michelle is a seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist. Having spent twenty-years interested in health and wellness. Michelle has a broad spectrum of talents. She was a certified spin instructor, STOTT Pilates trained instructor, Licensed Optician, trained raw food chef and the face of women centered online boutique, Kitty’s Toy Box.

 

A licensed optician by day, and passionate plant-based advocate by night who hopes to inspire others to live a conscious life. Michelle is passionate about her community and has served on numerous steering committees working with a wide range of organizations including: Aqua Foundation for Women, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Care Resource, National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment, The Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

 

In 2011 she was featured in GO Magazine “Working it! Top 20 Entrepreneurs.” Michelle shares her passion for plant-based living with her friends and family.

Derek Hodes

Sponsorship Director & Partner

Taking root, Derek has joined the growing Seed Family.  He brings to the table 20+ years of working hand-in-hand with marketers at all levels, building successful long-term relationships for both the event and its partners.

 

Establishing his marketing agency in 2004, Momentum Marketing Group, he understands the numerous challenges and demands that go into meeting sponsor’s expectations and delivering an exceptional event experience.

 

As a child growing up, his mom’s side of the family ran a large-scale event catering business, and so it would SEED things have finally come full circle!

JennyLee Molina

Director of Marketing & Communications

JennyLee Molina is one of Miami’s most influential communications professionals. As the founder of JLPR, JennyLee has represented clients in the areas of hospitality, wellness, entertainment, and non-profit focusing on an integrated marketing approach. Over the last 15 years, she has executed communications strategies, both nationally and locally, bringing to life award-winning campaigns with real impact. JennyLee has been an integral team member of Seed Food & Wine Festival since the inception in 2014.


Some of JennyLee’s awards include Miami Dade College Hall of Fame 2020, Expertise.com Best Content Marketing Agency 2019 + 2021, Miami New Times Best Of Miami Winner 2016 and Biz Bash PR Professional of the Year 2013. She has been featured by the New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, ABC News, INC Magazine, Ocean Drive and the Miami Herald among others. 


In 2020, she began contributing to Miami New Times covering the plant-based food scene. Today, she focuses on sharing the "behind the scenes'' of her wellness journey and vegan community advocacy on Instagram @jennyleeisme and jennyleeisme.com.

Yvonne Santos

Brand and Design Director

Principle at Three Heads Marketing Group, a small boutique marketing agency with big ideas. With over six years of experience in concept, design, and branding, Yvonne leads her team on campaigns for Macy’s, Lifetime, Peroni, CIC and, brings her talent to us at SEED Food and Wine handling brand concepts, as well as, day-to-day creative needs. 

Josh Blaize

Operations and Logistics Director Festival Day Tasting Village

Beginning his  journey in the Event Production world in 2001, Josh has had the pleasure of working on some of the largest events the City of Miami and Miami Beach has to offer.

 

Possessing skills in many of the trades that the production world encompasses, his craft has taken him to several countries and all over the US producing large scale events and festivals. Having learned the ins and outs of this business under the tutelage of Ms Randi Freedman, owner of Logistics Management Group a leading event production company here in South Florida; he has honed his skills in efforts to provide flawless event experiences. The qualities that Josh has learned through these years help make his clients, as well as my vendors comfortable with the processes it takes to produce the best possible product while working within any budget. 

 

Owning and operating his company Operation and Production Specialists has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments in his career.

Sasha Bravo

Operations and Logistics Director Burger Battle & Blissful Brunch

Sasha Bravo, originally from Venezuela, knew from a very young she wanted to have a Business Career. In 2007 she entered FIU, all while working part-time in Hospitality, and she decided to marry the two disciplines.

 

Eventually, earning her Masters degree in Hospitality Management. 8 years ago she decided to quit her job and take a chance producing events on her own.

 

Now, she is producing large scale events and festivals throughout the country and loving every minute of it.

Jules Aron

Director of Mixology and Beverage

Jules Aron is an internationally renowned plant-based wellness authority, writer & content creator, dubbed “The Wellness Mixologist” by WOMEN’S HEALTH magazine.

Raised in the culturally rich, foodie haven of Montreal, by her parents, both culinary professionals, Jules moved to New York City to pursue her studies in publishing, nutrition and the holistic arts. She has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong, Yoga and the Ayurvedic Arts among other healing modalities, as well as Integrative Nutrition. This eclectic and diverse education has honed her holistic approach to wellness and lifestyle topics.

Jules is a trained holistic nutritionist, professional mixologist, wellness journalist and four-time best selling author of Zen and TonicVegan CheeseFresh and Pure and Nourish and Glow. Jules contributes to numerous, national wellness & lifestyle publications including THRIVE, Organic Spa, Women’s Health, Women’s World, MindBodyGreen and featured, among others, by NBC News, TODAY SHOW, New York Post, BuzzFeed, FeedFeed, Well+Good, GoodFull, and Byrdie.

Jules’s dedication to philanthropy + volunteer efforts includes partnerships with Lox Farms, Fresh Rx, Farm to Hospital Initiative, as well as Wellness in The Schools (WITS), and the SEED community.

Melissa Pacheco

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Relationship Manager

Melissa Pacheco has been Plant-Based for over 10 years and volunteering with SEED from the beginning. She's an Executive Recruiter with Chameleon Collective helping e-conscious Brands build their teams. She wanted to go all in this year and help SEED with her connections in the industry. 

Norm Adams

SEED Fort Lauderdale Ambassador

Norm was inspired to become plant based years ago due to health and compassion reasons. He has become a leader in plant based living in South Florida creating and leading the Las Olas Vegans (LOV), a plant based pot luck with guest speakers covering powerful topics from organic farming to raw food, vegetable co-ops, GMO labeling to animal rights.

Norm holds a certificate in plant based nutrition from Cornell University with Dr. Colin Campbell, completed courses at Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Hippocrates Life Transformations. Promoting a plant based diet is his passion and does this on a daily basis promoting LOV and SEED Miami!

Veronica Menin

SEED Miami Ambassador

Veronica is among South Florida’s original gangsters of plant-based, organic, sustainable, raw and vegan cuisines. She co-founded, Conscious Bite Out, a swanky travelling pop-up dinner series that has helped plant based living grow from a niche food culture into a full-fledged movement.

 

Menin also is the co-founder of Love Life Cafe in Wynwood, one of South Florida's most popular plant-based destinations.

 

In true leadership style, Veronica, has taken on the roll of SEED Ambassador spreading the ‘Seeds of Change’ not only here in Miami but across the country.