Seed Food and Wine Team
Who We Are!
Seed Food and Wine is not just a festival, we are a movement, a community of ideas and passionate people committed to elevating the conversation around plant-based foods, sustainability, conscious living, vegan living and the welfare of animals.
For Sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities please email Anthony at FestivalSponsor@agency21consulting.com
For Public Relations and Media Inquiries please contact BrustmanCarrino PR at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 hold 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!
BRUSTMAN CARRINO PR / Public Relations Agency
With the firm for close to two decades, Managing Partner/President Larry Carrino oversees publicity, special event and marketing campaigns for the firm’s roster of top restaurant, hospitality, event, arts and entertainment accounts. He is well-known for his superlative work as publicist for nationally esteemed celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and currently spearheads regional PR efforts for the famed Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The current PR chair for Slow Food Miami, he sits on the board of the Miami Light Project and is the former chairman of the South Florida chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food. In 2009 he was selected as one of the top “40 Under 40″ Professionals by Gold Coast magazine and was cited as “Best Flack” by Miami New Times in 2008 and again in 2013. A talented writer, he has penned several features for publications including Miami Herald, Broward New Times, Florida International, and Restaurant Hospitality.
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 cofounder of Love Life Cafe in Wynwood. 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.
Seed Summit Chair
After switching to a plant-based diet for health reasons, Desiree experienced first-hand the healing benefits of eating nutrient dense food and knew she couldn’t go back to her old eating habits. While loving what a plant-based diet did for her body, she still missed eating the Puerto Rican dishes her family would make that were delicious but not the healthiest. She started incorporating Latin seasonings to her plant-based meals and loved the way the food tasted. She wanted to help others create delicious plant-based meals without sacrificing the flavor so she created the food blog Rican Vegan. Desiree creates healthy plant-based versions of traditional Latin dishes for her blog so that she can inspire more people to make the switch and experience the health benefits for themselves while enjoying flavorful food at the same time. Head over to RicanVegan.com for more of her recipes.