Yelp Biz Hours: For the Greater Good, DC

When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 6PM-8PM

Hot Spot: Yelp, 576 7th Street NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC

Deets: Hope for the Holidays! This December, you're invited to join Yelp for an inspiring conversation about leadership, community and the entrepreneurial spirit. 

We'll take you behind the scenes with the owners of Busboys & Poets, Shouk, Broccoli Bar, and Blue Ridge Bucha, four local businesses that are committed to making the world a better place, one bite at a time. Don't miss out on this feel good night!

Who You May Spot: 

Tara Lewis is a a native to the Washington, DC area and is responsible for driving Yelp’s growth and engagement through community building. During her time at Yelp, she has launched and managed Yelp communities in over 30 cities across North America by connecting users with amazing local businesses. A graduate of Cornell University, Tara remains committed to and involved with a number of non-profit organizations in DC and is fiercely passionate about issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. When she’s not frolicking in all things awesome and local, she can be found eating sushi, walking her dog around the Tidal Basin and staging impromptu photoshoots for tourists. 

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets, a group of restaurants in the Washington Metropolitan area where art, culture and politics intentionally collide over mindfully sourced food, drinks and programming that feeds the mind body and soul. With 6 locations in and around DC, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including such notables as the late Howard Zinn, Cornel West, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni to name a few.
Ran Nussbacher, Shouk’s co-founder and CEO of Shouk, launched the company with a simple mission: to make plant-based eating mainstream. Convinced that eliminating animals from our plates is the only sustainable way forward, Ran has set out to change our eating habits, one pita at a time. Having been inspired by the markets and lively food of his native Israel, Ran and Shouk are getting us to eat our veggies, and love it. Prior to founding Shouk, Ran served as Vice President of Sales with Opower, a clean tech software company focused on eliminating energy waste and reducing CO2 emissions. 

Darryl Perkins is a social enterprise developer focused on building sustainable, engaged and thriving communities. As co-founder of the Broccoli City Festival and Conference, Daryl has gathered over 120,000 people in the spirit of environmental sustainability, community health, and business development. He is also co-owner of Broccoli Bar, a partnership between &Pizza and Broccoli City which was built as a place to build community, gather, share and manifest ideas, inspire change, eat, and drink.

Kate Zuckerman co-founded kombucha company Blue Ridge Bucha with her husband Ethan in 2010. With a tagline of "big flavor, small footprint," Blue Ridge Bucha focuses on making delicious kombucha in an environmentally sustainable way. In 2018, Blue Ridge Bucha received a national SCORE award in recognition of their innovation and leadership in sustainable small business. In addition to owning and operating her small business, Kate also teaches yoga and meditation classes and offers mindfulness-based consulting services for start up businesses. One of Kate's favorite things about being an entrepreneur is the ability to integrate her values of personal and environmental health into the challenges of owning and operating a small business.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Free RSVP!

All guests will need to fill out Yelp's Non-Disclosure Agreement to attend. Please bring a Photo ID. 

Light bites and refreshments will be served until we run out! Thanks to our event partners Zico, Blue Henry Spirits, Blue Ridge Bucha, Shouk, and Broccoli Bar.

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