Vanessa Ferragut, CMP is a Sustainable Event and Meeting Planner in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Ferragut Event Group, LLC, an event planning company that focuses on sustainable meetings and events. Vanessa is also a local foods enthusiast and Founder of Greenease, Inc, a mobile app dedicated to promoting restaurants, cafes and grocers that work with local farms and provide sustainable food options. She is passionate about supporting organizations that embrace sustainability in their business and service practices, promote community activism, and minimize their overall environmental impact in the hospitality sector. You can follow her at @vferragut and @GreeneaseApp.

 

Recent posts by this Author


The Sweet Market of Maple Water

Our bodies are made up of 60% water. Water, in general, is essential to our survival. Every day we lose water by simply breathing, perspiring, or by visiting the loo. So it goes without saying that we need to continue to replenish this loss…

Gluten-Free Goodness from Healthy Food Startups

For those of us who don’t know, gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley – and happens to be one of the most heavily consumed proteins on earth. But for a small percentage of the US population that lives with celiac…

Amplify Your Food Donations This Season with Amp Your Good

One in six people in America face hunger, and over 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table every day. While programs out there like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for…

Foodies Inspire the Rise of Supper Clubs

supper clubs

Eating out can mean different things to different people. For some it’s just a bite out when they don’t have the energy to cook at home. For others it may be a celebration or special occasion, or just a night out with good friends….

Fostering Creativity Through the World of Culinary Incubators

culinary incubators

Imagine you’re a first-time food startup. You have a great recipe, a tried and tested product, and a little bit of money to help you launch a dream. Where do you go from here? Launching a food startup isn’t the same as say, creating…

Servy Restaurant Review App Serves Feedback to Businesses

restaurant review app

As someone who grew up working in the hospitality industry – from my first gig bussing tables at Dutch’s Daughter in Frederick, MD to obtaining my Masters in Tourism Administration at the age of 32 – I understand how important, and oftentimes misunderstood, the…

Food Startups Changing the Way We Eat at Home

As an entrepreneur my mind is always racing – I’m thinking about that next big pitch, quarterly updates to our shareholders, what our competitors are doing, etc. Not a minute goes by where I’m not inundated with memories the past, or worried about things…

Fresh Food Tastes Better: Startups that Make Buying Local Easy

farm startups

Industrial farming came about at the turn of the twentieth century during the Industrial Revolution. As we began developing machinery to do most of the heavy lifting for us, small and medium farming and agricultural operations have steadily declined. Large industrial operations have since…

In Big Cities, a Bigger Focus on Rooftop Farms

In a recent column, I contemplated on who I thought were the first entrepreneurs. Ever. One of these, I’m sure, was the farmer. Times have changed and many would say that as consumption and populations increase, so will the need for farming. And, therefore,…

Foodscape Is Increasing Accessibility to Homegrown Food

The other day I wondered to myself, “who were the first food entrepreneurs?” Who were the first creative and savvy business people who had a product that others wanted? A product that others would pay for? And the answer I came up with: farmers!…

4 Startups for Those with a Sweet Tooth

4 Startups for Those with a Sweet Tooth

Dining out with me it’s understood that dessert is mandatory – at times the meal planned around leaving room for that. As soon as I see crème brulee on the menu it’s as if everything else ceases to exist. So, it didn’t surprise me to…

Is Juicing the New Startup Trend?

The Joyful World of Juicing Startups

Food trends can be a fascinating thing to follow. From cupcakes to kale, we’ve all jumped on one, or more, of these trends than we’d like to admit. And recently I’ve noticed a new (and profoundly healthy) food trend emerging: juicing. Juicing is a…