MANCHESTER - On Saturday, Sept. 13, the first of three TEDxBattenkill events will be held at Maple Street School from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

TEDxBattenkill is an independently organized TED event featuring action-inspiring live talks by thoughtful leaders and innovators, a locavore lunch and networking reception where the public can meet the speakers, discuss, debate and be inspired by the talks.

Organizers of TEDxBattenkill, Michael Ellenbogen from Eons Creative and Kate Pace from Route 7 Social, selected seven "talks" from a field of entries and no m inations. Each "talk" is limited to 18-minutes and delivered by a high-ranking professional sharing a poi gnant experience or idea.

Valentina Rice
Valentina Rice

This is the second of a series of three releases introducing two more of TEDxBattenkill's presenters, and the Local Chef Locavore Potluck Lunch.

Joshua Cogan is an Emmy Award winning photographer and anthropologist whose work has taken him to 40 countries and five continents. Cogan has created new means of storytelling and cultural exchange using his passion for culture, ecology and imagery. His TEDx-talk, "Things We Forgot," illustrates the meaning and importance of cultural diversity, knowledge systems and the craft and ritual traditions that make us unique.

As VP of International Sales and Marketing at Penguin Publishing, Valentina Rice traveled the world, taking advantage of opportunities to explore the culinary delights of nearly every continent.


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Inspired by her first love and passion - Italian food - Rice founded Many Kitchens, a highly curated online marketplace for artisanal food products. Many Kitchens brings together a community of people who care deeply about where and how their food is made. Her TEDx-talk, "Why Competition is So Last Century" illustrates why the combined influence of this community is so much more than the sum of its parts.

All ticket-holders will enjoy the first annual Local Chef Locavore Potluck Lunch, celebrating Southern Vermont's Award Winning, Artisanal Food Community. Local and regional chefs, restaurants and artisanal food producers have partnered with TEDxBattenkill to offer everyone a healthy and delicious lunch. Some chefs will be on site to personally share their food while others will rely on the lunch committee to do the same. Lunch begins with a Vermont cheese station, wine and beer tasting and is followed by menu items from Mother Myrick's Confectionery, TED | Manchester Vermont, The Dorset Inn, CCC Bakery, Northshire Brewery, The Barrows House, Garden Arts Fresh Market, Bistro Henry, Crowley Cheese, Jasper Hill Farms, Taylor Farm, Grafton Village, and Farrell Distributing.

Seating for this event is very limited. For event details and to purchase tickets, visit www.TED xBattenkill.org.

TEDxBattenkill, presented by Global-Z International, is a community event organized around a common goal of enriching culture, creativity, and potential along the Battenkill. Many local and regional businesses have participated in the event. Gold Level sponsors are Champlain College, Vermont Country Store and Vermont Office of the Creative Economy.

For more information, call Michael at (802) 768-8498 or Kate at (802) 379-3617.