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The Founding of the Food Network: A 20 Year Retrospective

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, Wollman Hall 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

On September 27, 1993, the Food Network began broadcasting old cookery tapes. It wouldn’t start live broadcasts for another two months, and when it did, there were many viewers. From these modest beginnings, the Food Network has grown into one of America’s most successful cable network channel and in process, it has engendered hundreds of other food and cooking shows on cable and broadcast networks, and its culinary competitions have converted food into a spectator sport. The Food Network’s continued success demonstrated that food had become a central feature in media and American life.

Come join the founders of the Food Network who will discuss those fragile early months and join with us in celebrating the beginning of the network that changed the way America eats.

Speakers include Reese Schoenfeld, co-founder of CNN and the first president of The Food Network; Joe Langhan, formerly an executive at Colony Communications and currently president, Media Program Network; Pat O'Gorman, lead producer, TVFN; and Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: Inside the Food Network. Moderated by Andrew F. Smith, faculty member of the Food Studies Program.

Sponsored by the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.  



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