Need Work? Need Workers? Check the First Ever Good Food Jobs Fair

If you have any interest in becoming a cheesemonger, butcher or specialty foods buyer, running an urban farm, shooting documentaries about farm workers, writing the history of the taco, working the line in a killer farm-to-table restaurant, working to change agricultural policies, opening your own craft beer bar and grilled cheese shop or helping kids discover the joy of a watermelon radish, then have we got the job fair for you.

If you have any interest in becoming a cheesemonger, butcher or specialty foods buyer, running an urban farm, shooting documentaries about farm workers, writing the history of the taco, working the line in a killer farm-to-table restaurant, working to change agricultural policies, opening your own craft beer bar and grilled cheese shop or helping kids discover the joy of a watermelon radish, then have we got the job fair for you.

Held on February 24th in conjunction with Just Food’s annual conference–this year’s theme is “Eat · Work · Grow the Movement“–the fair is being organized by Good Food Jobs, the job-hunting site that does exactly what its name suggests, in fact they call themselves a “gastro-jobs search tool.” What that means is that beyond the coolest job postings you’ve ever seen, like internships at a food tech start-up or buyers for a vegetable distributor, the site offer links to resources for training and education, as well as profiles of folks in food that are well worth a read.

This is your chance to meet the people behind those postings in person, and maybe convince them to hire you, or just learn more about what they’re doing and hope to achieve. Networking, we believe it’s called.

It’s February 24th, from 5:30 to 7 pm, at the Food and Finance High School at 525 West 50th Street in Manhattan between in Tenth and Eleventh Streets, which is itself a cool place to check out, if you’ve never seen this public school’s training kitchens. The event is $15 for job seekers, or free if you have bought a ticket to either day of Just Food’s conference. (More on that here.) If you’re a business seeking employees, on the other hand, you have until Friday to apply to run a table at the event. It’s $100, includes two free postings on GoodFoodJobs.com, and here’s where you apply.

goodfoodjobs.com/jobfair

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.