Green Festival Speakers
Bart Potenza, founder, now in his 31st year in the health food industry, continues to excite his loyal following with his innovative ideas and concepts in the organic vegan movement. Bart, along with his partner Joy Pierson, has created three successful vegetarian dining establishments (and soon a fourth.) Candle Cafe was the first restaurant to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association and both restaurants are at the forefront of campaigns to green the restaurant industry. The most recent is Candle 79, one of the first upscale organic vegan restaurants in the country. At the vanguard of health food marketing and vegetarianism, Bart is a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, The Presidents Club at F.A.R.M., P.E.T.A. and Farm Sanctuary. Additionally, Bart is a published author, both in his contribution to the Candle Cafe Cookbook and in a compilation of his daily aphorisms Look Two Ways on a One Way Street which was published by Lantern Books in 2008. Bart was also named one of VegNews Magazine’s Vegan Men We Love.
The success of Candle Cafe and Candle 79 proves Bart's original assertion that eating super healthy vegetarian food is a choice that impacts not only individual health but also the health of the planet. Bart’s "daily bread" is his quest to make our world better for all humanity. He continues to be inspired by the growth and significance of the green movement.
photo credit: Kate Mathis