NYIFT Dinner Meetings

NYIFT Dinner Meeting and Tour of
Montclair State University Food Science & Nutrition Labs
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tour of Montclair 3:30 pm  |  Board Meeting at Fascino’s 3:00 pm
Networking 5:00 pm | Speaker Presentation 6:00 pm  | Dinner 7:00 pm

Date:          Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Title:        Unwrapped: Food Processing in Developing Countries
Speaker:   Donna Rosa – International Business Development Consultant
Venue:      Fascino, 331 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042 – Directions
Fascino is considered one of the Top 25 restaurants in NJ by NJ Monthly.

TOUR of Montclair State University’s Food Science & Nutrition Labs
One Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043 –  Directions

Space is limited to 25 people. Parking (Fee approximately $5) will be available at Red Hall. Meet at University Hall on the campus of Montclair State University at 3:15 p.m. Dr. John Specchio will give you an overview of their new program and a tour of the Food Science Teaching Lab, Research Lab, Food Systems Teaching & Research Lab. The tour will end at 4:30 p.m. giving you enough time to drive to the dinner meeting at Fascino’s.

Donna RosaHave you ever wondered what food processing looks like in emerging nations?

There’s very little. USAID and other agencies tend to focus food-related aid on technical agricultural support. While that’s certainly of primary concern, there’s an overlooked opportunity to develop local food processing sectors. Basic processing would create more profitable value-added products and enhance food security by providing a means of food preservation. It would also minimize manual labor and increase output via automatic equipment, reduce food loss due to spoilage, and create jobs and livelihoods.

Join Ms. Donna Rosa for a fun, mouth-opening world tour of the state of food production (and eating!) in Africa and other developing regions. Recounting her field experience with small food enterprises, Ms. Rosa will take you inside the facilities of a variety of rural agribusinesses and processors. In a global travelogue you’ll learn about the management challenges of these companies, what constitutes “food safety” and “quality control”, adventures in local dining, and what our industry can do to foster food security.

Ms. Donna Rosa is an international business development services (BDS) consultant specializing in the food processing and agribusiness sectors. She works with micro- and small enterprises in developing countries, offering advisory services such as business analysis, business plan development, market research, training, organization development, and counseling.

Ms. Rosa began her career as a food technologist. She later obtained an MBA and transitioned to the business side of the food industry, working for both food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. She spent 2 ½ years in Zurich and worked in 13 countries before discovering international development and aid work. Ms. Rosa has helped farms, small businesses, and community groups in 14 developing countries and has coined the term “aidtrepreneurship” to describe assistance for entrepreneurs in the developing world.

$55 – IFT Members before 12:00 noon 9/8/17
$60 – IFT Nonmembers & Members after 12:00 noon 9/8/17
$30 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members (with advance reservation)




SALAD: Local arugula, parmigiano reggiano with cherry tomato marinata, with lemon and olive oil.

ENTREE Choice of:

  • Bronzino (fish), couscous, raisins, olives, crab fonduta, baby zucchini, sweet pea emulsion, pea tendrils
  • Buttermilk baked chicken, truffle pesto, creamy fontina polenta, broccolini, black truffle jus
  • Vegetarian Option of the Day

DESSERT: Two scoops of homemade gelato