What is Esca Bona?

Quite Literally: It’s Latin for 'Good Food'

Esca Bona started as a conference in Austin, TX in October 2015. We wanted to create a space that would bring together the changemakers in the industry, and welcome anyone who wanted to help solve the problems that impact our country's food industry. We wanted to change how food is sourced, how farmers are valued, how animals are treated, how delicious is re-defined and health is promoted. 


We held this event for 4 years and had a productive, challenging, insightful, fun time. Now we're switching it up. In 2019 we are partnering with four organizations around the country and bringing elements of the Esca Bona ethos to their events. We're excited to expand our reach and conversations around defining and creating 'good food'. 

We’re Passionate About:

What has been food’s evolutionary path and what ability does tech have to reduce food waste in our communities?

What impact does livestock have on our land, soil and the water we drink? What can be done to reduce the impact of traditional livestock farming?

What ways can industry players, governments, farmers and consumers do to reduce global warming?

How do we increase support of local farmers, learn from them and share their story?

How do food labels effect perception of products? How does the word “natural” pair into food transparency? What areas of improvement exist for labeling?

What type of financing has the most impact on growing “good”? What new ways can we empower financial institutions to drive change within the food space?

How can we continue to use tech to change the agriculture industry? What does the future of “plant vs. meat” look like?

Our 2019 Partners:


Northern California Slow Money

Slow Money provides a meaningful alternative to our current financial system that has run amok – trillions of dollars a day flowing through capital markets in securities that no one fully understands, contributing to systemic problems of our time. Slow Money wants to invest in building an economy based on principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons, and economic, cultural and biological diversity.

At the Epicenter

At The Epicenter is committed to support the momentum of business to collaborate across sectors in order to address pressing challenges facing humanity. By convening influencers, innovators and producers from agriculture, fashion, beauty, investment and the civic and NGO community, we set up the conditions for transformational exchange of ideas and practices. Through thought provoking content and interactive design, our efforts elevate opportunities for collaboration and transparency in service to accelerating the adoption of principles that can lead to more informed and holistic problem solving to address planetary regeneration through stakeholder-centric business action.


FamilyFarmed has been a leader, for more than two decades, in the effort to build a better food system, one that urges everyone to eat food produced as locally as possible using sustainable, humane and fair practices. Our enduring goals are a healthier, more environmentally sustainable and more economically dynamic food system. Our vision is Good Food On Every Table, with delicious, healthy, local and sustainable food available to all regardless of demographics, geography and economic circumstances.

Grow North

Our mission is to create an interconnected, sophisticated, supportive ecosystem for Minnesota's food and agricultural entrepreneurs and innovators that will enable them to grow and scale their businesses faster and more successfully and make Minnesota a known leader in entrepreneurship and innovation in food and agriculture. 

What Attendees Say About Esca Bona:


'Esca Bona has provided our company with the opportunity to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs in the industry who are committed to transforming the food supply for the greater good. It has motivated our team to step up our game and actively be a part of this movement.'

- Jonathon Larson, Oriya Organic


'Esca Bona is a very intimate & unique opportunity to learn from and network with other mission driven entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of the food movement who are committed to driving positive social change. The topics explored and relationships made will inform and broaden your thinking and should help you drive impact, authenticity, and success in your own enterprise. I’ve been looking forward to it all year.'

- John Foraker, Once Upon a Farm


'As a founder of a company that exists to better align the food we eat with the planet we love, Esca Bona was an incredibly powerful experience. At this unparalleled meeting of minds, a diverse mix of stakeholders rallied behind the common cause of fixing what is broken in our food system and working towards a future where there is enough for all, forever.'

- Dan Kurzrock, Regrained

Join Us

If you haven't already, we hope this allows you to join the conversation

Fix food with us. At any of our upcoming events in 2019 we'll continue the mission we started in Austin in 2015.