Meet the D.C. Bootcamp Panelists

Get excited D.C. Bootcamp Students! 

This Saturday, Nov. 15th, Local Food Lab is hosting our second Food Startup Bootcamp and we've lined up an amazing panel of successful D.C.-based food entrepreneurs to share their startup experience and help coach students on how to build sustainable food and farm businesses.

If you are a budding good food entrepreneur, who wants to learn food startup biz basics in this one-day intensive course, sign up for the upcoming Bootcamp this Saturday, November 15th in Washington, D.C. or check out all Upcoming Classes & Events.


Al Goldberg, Founder of Mess Hall

Al Goldberg has spent 20 years in the DC food industry focusing on Sales, Marketing, and Operations. He was previously the VP of Business management at a catering company when he started thinking about launching a business incubator for food startups after seeking in vain for space to open his own catering business a few years ago. This year, Al opened Mess Hall, the newest culinary incubator in D.C. that supports up-and-coming food entrepreneurs in a unique venue designed to foster a vibrant and diverse local food community. 


John Lee, Co-Founder of Capital Kombucha

John Lee is Co-Founder of Capital Kombucha, DC’s first kombucha brewery. During his MBA program at George Washington University, he and his two friends, Andreas and Daniel, decided to establish Capital Soul, a company founded on the philosophy of introducing healthy living and drinking alternatives into the beverage industry. Capital Kombucha is a beverage low in sugar, but rich in probiotics and electrolytes with a slight fizz – a healthy alternative to soda. It can be found in major grocery chains such as Whole Foods Market, MOMs, Safeway and specialty stores throughout D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Philadelphia.


Mike Lenard, Founder and CEO of TaKorean

A Washington, D.C. native, Mike opened the TaKorean food truck in 2010 at age 24. From day one TaKorean has given 1 percent of sales to local environment and youth non-profits. In 2012 Mike opened a TaKorean location in Union Market, and this past summer opened the first TaKorean brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. 


Jason Lundberg, Co-Founder and President of From the Farmer

With a formal background in accounting and a passion for startups, Jason is currently co-founder and President of From the Farmer. From the Farmer exists to make local food (that which is grown, produced, manufactured, or similar) more available - today, the company’s thousands of subscribers in the DC-metro area receive grower-curated boxes of local and seasonal produce directly to their front door. Before his work with From the Farmer, Jason was Managing Director at NextGreatPlace and Chief Operating Officer and the first employee of Love Grown Foods - the creators of a packaged gluten-free granola.


Ready to take your food startup idea to the next level?