February EcoHour with Danielle Vogel, Founder of Glen's Garden Market

Thinking about making a career transition to follow your passion? Join us for EcoHour on February 18 to hear Danielle Vogel speak about her experience transitioning from a decade-long career in environmental policy on Capitol Hill to creating a DC-based grocery store that supports small, environmentally sustainable, local producers.

When: February 18, 6 pm-8 pm

Where: Teaism, Penn Quarter

Closest Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow Line)

Speaker Bio:  

 Danielle Vogel, the creator of Glen’s Garden Market, comes from a long line of grocers, stretching back four generations. Her father, Glen Rosengarten (after whom her store is named), founded The Food Emporium, an upscale chain of supermarkets in the New York area with his brother Jay, who serves as a senior adviser to Glen’s Garden Market. The Food Emporium concept was an evolution of their father’s supermarket chain, Shopwell, Inc. Danielle’s great grandfather, Sigmund Rosengarten, owned the Garden Market in Manhattan, another bit of family history alluded to in the name Glen’s Garden Market. On her mother’s side, Danielle’s maternal grandfather, Herb Brody, created the Pathmark chain of supermarkets, also in the New York area. The combined Rosengarten/Brody family history in food also includes her uncle Gordon Keil, who founded Gordon’s Deep Discount in New Jersey and her uncle Andrew, who worked his way up through The Food Emporium’s ranks and opened two upscale food stores of his own in New York.

Before founding Glen’s Garden Market, Danielle worked in government for ten years. She was the domestic policy adviser to Christopher Shays, her hometown Congressman, serving in both his Washington and Connecticut offices before attending law school at American University. From there, she was accepted into the Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Honors Program, where she was an environmental litigator enforcing the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. Following her time at DOJ, Danielle returned to Congress, this time on the Senate side, working as Environmental Counsel to Senator Joseph Lieberman, advising him primarily on issues related to climate change. In her time in the Lieberman office, Danielle helped draft what was, at the time, the principle Senate climate change bill: The American Power Act.

When the climate effort failed, she dedicated herself to finding a new (more incremental) way to address global warming. And thus evolved the idea for Glen’s Garden Market. Following in her family’s long tradition of food innovation, she decided to open a store of her own where everything would be sourced locally. As a result of supporting small, sustainability minded producers from close by, she would continue working to address her environmental priorities, while improving access to the best food our region has to offer. Toward that end, she strove to ensure that the store itself was designed with the same purpose in mind, which is why she selected reclaimed materials, sustainable building materials and high efficiency equipment.

At Glen’s Garden market, neighbors select from the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s finest produce, meats, poultry, dairy products and specialty foods in a space designed to celebrate seasonality and offer unprecedented access to environmentally sustainable, locally grown foods. Danielle strove to source exclusively from farms and purveyors in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. In addition to the products we have all come to expect at farmers’ markets (produce, dairy, meat and some specialty foods), her store offers regionally made beer and wine, an assortment of house made, locally sourced prepared foods and locally roasted coffees.

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