Opening Gala: Farm–>Table

Opening Gala: Farm–>Table

California Academy of Sciences

Opening Gala: Farm–>Table

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, WCSJ2017 Diamond Sponsor

Tonight, we celebrate the conference with a reception at the stunning California Academy of Sciences. The evening’s theme, Farm–>Table, will showcase California’s hyperlocal food scene, with the evening’s menu reflecting tastes of San Francisco iconic neighborhoods and highlighting local producers. Special guests will be on hand to offer demos and insight into the science of the Bay Area’s unique food and farm culture.

  • Heavy appetizers, dessert, wine, beer, and sodas will be served.
  • Buses depart the Marriott in waves from  6:15 to 6:45 p.m. The first buses return at 9:30 p.m.
  • Attire is business casual.


Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the Mission District of San Francisco. In our factory, we roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand. By sourcing high-quality beans and carefully crafting tiny batches, we try to bring out the individual flavors and nuances of each bean.

The Garrone family is passionate about edible fungi. For more than 25 years we’ve been dedicated to the growing, distribution and marketing of organic specialty mushrooms. Visit



IndieBio is the world’s largest life sciences accelerator. Companies from all over the  world apply to be part of a 4 month acceleration program which includes $250,000 funding, dedicated mentorship, and 24/7 access to a co-working space and bio-safety level 1 & 2 labs. During the program, teams are focused on turning science into product, closing customers, and raising follow-on investment. With a focus on biology as a technology, IndieBio companies solve problems in a huge range of industries such as the future of food, biopharma and healthcare, agtech, regenerative medicine, neurotech, biomaterials, and more.


Finless Foods is producing real fish meat in vitro to feed 8 billion people in 2020. Their fish is free from the mercury, plastic, and 
hormones that come with all aquaculture and factory fish.

New Wave Foods’ offers new-to-market innovative plant-based seafood alternatives.  Their first product is a plant-based shrimp that gives the same culinary experience as conventional shrimp.  

27 October 2017