Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 25 million meals and helped 1,000 men and women gain full time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 30 college or high school based kitchens.

(X)po is a collaborative, co-creative, and multi-disciplinary idea exchange and festival conference. By day attendees will be immersed in thought provoking presentations, riveting performances and engaging dialogue. By night the conference continues with networking opportunities at amazing parties, street fests, and spectacular live music.

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