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Innovation Minus the Buzzwords

Innovation is more susceptible to buzz words and clichés than most industries.  Partly because innovation is driving Silicon Valley, technology and all the relatively recent dramatic changes in our lifestyles, partly because it’s made a lot of people incredible sums of money incredibly quickly, and maybe because if you don’t do it, it’s hard to understand the nuts and bolts of innovation.   We sat down with Harvest Council Member Michael Perman, Imaginative Innovation Leader, C’EST WHAT? to break down innovation – what does it mean, how does it happen and how is it changing.  Michael is the Former Dean…

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On Wine & Innovation with Jesse Katz

You can’t come to Sonoma County and drive up and down one valley and call it a day, like you could in Napa. Sonoma County boasts distinct terroir and microclimates in five major Valley’s: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Knight’s Valley. With over 15 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs or appellations) and over 400 wineries, Sonoma County is the most diverse premium wine-grape growing region in the U.S. To ensure the agricultural heritage of the region, the winegrowers are working together to boldly become the first 100% sustainable wine region in the world. It’s a…

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Looking at the Future of Food with Dustin Valette

Time. It’s a precious commodity in today’s society. Food. It’s a staple of life. We all have to eat. At Harvest Summit we think it’s about time to recognize our always on, mobile way of life has changed how we look at food. Shopping, cooking and sharing a meal has changed dramatically. What will the future of food look like? We sat down with Harvest Council Member Dustin Valette, Chef/Proprietor of Valette Restaurant here in Healdsburg, to get his thoughts. What’s the big picture? I find people today care more than ever about where their food comes from. It’s not…

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Talking Innovation with Tara Sharp

Women entrepreneurs and IoT will be two of the biggest topics at Harvest Summit this November.  What can successful women entrepreneurs do to encourage the next generation?  Without fast and affordable access to the Internet, there is no IoT.   We sat down with Harvest Council Member Tara Sharp, CMO Sonic, Capture Wines Co-Founder, 18 Rabbits granola bar Co-Founder to get her unique insight into both. As a co-founder of two companies (18 Rabbits Granola & Capture Wines) what role did innovation play in your success? Innovation played the most critical role in the success of both businesses. If we had…

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Inaugural Harvest Summit Announced

The word is out ***************************** HARVEST SUMMIT INNOVATION FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCED A Diverse Gathering of Leaders Unite to Spark Innovation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 11, 2016 HEALDSBURG, CA – Announced today is the inaugural Harvest Summit, an invitation-only gathering for innovators, influencers and tastemakers joined by award-winning chefs, winemakers, and artisans to think, talk and celebrate the art, science and social impact of innovation. A select group of leaders outstanding in their fields will converge on Friday, November 4, 2016 at a private wine country estate in Sonoma County, CA, prior to the national election, to share transferable insights,…

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