New York State’s food and beverage industry is coming together for a Long Island event you won’t want to miss.

Growth of the Urban Foodscape is where NYS food and beverage companies will connect with public, private, and university resources that can help them grow.

As an attendee at this half-day event, you will:

  • Discover funding opportunities
  • Talk to technical resources
  • Meet with suppliers
  • Hear from industry experts
  • Find potential distribution channels
  • Connect with buyers
  • Network with peers

As an exhibitor or resource, you can meet food and beverage companies who are looking to gain an edge.

All participants are invited to donate a non-perishable food item to the FSC Food Pantry, which is supported by Island Harvest.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Farmingdale State College

Ballroom in Campus Center

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, NY 11735

Wifi PW
Username: fuzehub@farmingdale

Password: 962148


  • 7:00 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    Formal Event Begins / Welcome Remarks

    – Dr. Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)

    – Dr. John S. Nader – Farmingdale State College

    – Cynthia Colón – MTRC (Stony Brook U.)

    – Erica Chase-Gregory – Farmingdale SBDC

    – Michael Tucker – LIFC

    – Elizabeth Lusskin – ESD, Division of Small Business & Technology

  • 9:30 AM
    Keynote Speaker

    Doug Whitcomb, CPO & Founder, Whitson’s Culinary Group

  • 10:00 AM
    Network / Resource Interactions
  • 11:00 AM
    Panel Discussion

    – Kim Bawden – P2I at RIT
    – Ed Maguire – COE at Cornell AgriTech
    – Kevin Byrne – FSQA Solutions, LLC
    – Diane Giordano, CPA – Marcum LLP

    Moderator – Eric Fasser, FuzeHub

  • 11:30 AM
    Networking / Resource Interactions
  • 12:30 PM
  • 12:30 PM
    End of Formal Event
  • 1:00 PM
    Doors Close


Douglas Whitcomb is Chief Product Officer and company founder. Currently, he oversees the company’s Purchasing, Nutrition and Menu Development.
Doug Whitcomb
Chief Product Officer, Founder - Whitson's Culinary Group


Erica Chase-Gregory joined the Farmingdale SBDC in 2011. Erica owned and operated her own consulting business prior to joining the Small Business Development Center.
Erica Chase-Gregory
Regional Director


Dr. John S. Nader became President of Farmingdale State College in July 2016. Since his arrival he has worked with civic, business and institutional leaders to enhance the profile of Farmingdale State College as a vibrant campus vital to the future of Long Island.
Dr. John S. Nader


Michael is the president of the Long Island Food Council, dba NY Food Council. Read More...
Michael Tucker
President, Long Island Food Council


Mr. Hamilton is the Director of Programs for Economic Development.  He oversees five major program areas within Economic Development.
David Hamilton
Director of Programs for Economic Development - Stony Brook University


Everton's focus is helping the manufacturing community, general industry, start-ups, local colleges, and universities to advance innovation and technology. More...
Dr. Everton H. Henriques, MA, HON
Director of Manufacturing and Technology Initiatives, FuzeHub


Executive Vice President for Small Business and Technology Development at Empire State Development, focused on technology and research commercialization, Life Science Initiative and Venture investments.
Elizabeth Lusskin
Executive VP, Small Business Development - ESD


Kim's primary role is to provide technical assistance to industry. Ms. Bawden supports manufacturers throughout the supply chain. More...
Kim Bawden
Technology Commercialization Program Manager, Senior Staff Engineer, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT


Ed is a Business Development Specialist, with the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY.
Ed Maguire
Business Development Specialist


Kevin is the owner and Senior Food Safety Consultant at FSQA Solutions, LLC. He maintains industry certifications in GMPs, GDPs, HACCP, food safety and food defense, SQF and BRC.
Kevin Byrne
Owner, Senior Food Safety Consultant - FSQA Solutions, LLC


Diane Giordano is a tax & business services partner in the Firm’s Melville office.
Diane Giordano, CPA
Tax and Business Service Partner, Marcum LLP


Eric has held various product development roles with manufacturing companies for over 20 years. Prior to joining FuzeHub he ran his own engineering and prototyping firm and now manages FuzeHub’s Solutions Program. More...
Eric Fasser
Solutions Program Manager, FuzeHub

Exhibitor Guide

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Taste NY - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County

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Taste NY highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. Taste NY aims to create new opportunities for producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships.

The agricultural industry in New York State continues to grow at an exceptional rate. The state boasts more than seven million acres of farmland and 36,000 farms. It is the second largest producer of apples and maple syrup in the country, and the top honey producer in the Northeast.

Additionally, the state ranks first in the U.S. for the number of

The Long Island Food Council

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The Long Island Food Council was created to bring people together, to create collaboration amongst food, beverage and service professionals in the region. Our members and partners are leaders in their field providing a network of experts and experience. These valuable connections enable the council to provide a platform for education and dialogue at monthly meetings and events. In recognizing the economic potential in the food and beverage industry on Long Island we continually strive to bridge the gap between our industry, academia and all levels of government.
The synergy that has been created by working together strengthens each member, fosters innovation and growth. We embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and honor excellence in business

Urban League Long Island

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The Urban League of Long Island is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights and urban advocacy group. The Long Island affiliate of the National Urban League was founded in 1972 by a group of Grumman workers who couldn’t find working opportunities. They incorporated the affiliate within the terms of affiliation of the National Urban League in 1974. The Urban League employs a five-point strategy, tailored to meet the needs of our local Long Island constituency, in order to implement the mission of our Movement. The Urban League has recognized the importance of exposure and partnerships with various companies and organizations to meet the needs of communities.

Webster Bank

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Webster is a leading commercial bank that delivers financial solutions to businesses, individuals, families and partners. With over $70 billion in assets, we offer digital and traditional service delivery through our differentiated lines of business: Commercial Banking, Consumer Banking and HSA Bank, one of the country’s largest providers of employee benefits solutions.

Workforce Development Institute

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The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that works to increase opportunities for all New Yorkers to succeed in the workforce while earning family-sustaining wages. We use a range of tools including “boots on the ground” information, workforce expertise, data analysis, and flexible funding to facilitate projects that help labor unions, employers, educational institutions, and other workforce partners think and act differently regarding hiring, training, educating, and retaining an inclusive and productive workforce.



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