Startups and Famous Chefs Come Together for the Very First Silicon Alley Supper Club

Last Tuesday night, various members from New York’s tech community gathered for the first Silicon Alley Supper Club. Aimed at bringing together NYC startups through a love of good food, the August 5th event was headlined by former Top Chef contestant Lee Anne Wong.


Guests at the first Silicon Alley Supper Club watch former Top Chef contender Lee Anne Wong’s dumpling demo (via The Daily Meal)

Created by The Daily Meal, the online publication dedicated to covering all aspects of the food and drink experience, the Silicon Alley Supper Club is an ongoing series dedicated to providing a unique networking opportunity for those in the NYC tech scene – whether they work at a tech giant like Google or a startup like It’s On Me (formerly known as Drinkboard).

“Silicon Alley has really come to incorporate the startup culture citywide, and we are happy to not only be a part of it, but to now serve as a meeting place for companies in the area,” said Jim Spanfeller, founder and CEO of Spanfeller Media Group, the parent company of The Daily Meal. “The digital ecosystem has changed everything, and food media is no exception. Part of that ecosystem is making use of new technologies, and that’s something we’re very familiar with here at The Daily Meal.”

Representatives from Google, CNN, Studio Industries, Facebook, Google, Mashable,, Krux, Food + Tech Connect, and even Tech Cocktail attended the first Silicon Alley Supper Club event, with nearly twenty different startups present.


Chef Wes Whitsell’s scallop crudo, with charred corn, cilantro, fresno, and sesame (via The Daily Meal)

Aside from chef Lee Anne Wong, who made a variety of dumplings for the crowd, NYC chef Wes Whitsell served two types of crudo, while the David Burke Group’s pastry chef Zac Young made desserts.

The next event in the series has not yet been announced, but you can read a full summary of the event at The Daily Meal, as well as see a slideshow from the evening.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.
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