We are Terroir!

Food tells the story of a place’s history, geography, politics, environment and culture, all combined. Terroir Hospitality brings global food communities together through leading international forums, interactive learning programs, shared resources and a global network of ambassadors who explore and promote some of the world's most diverse food cultures.

Terroir Hospitality ~ International Team



Arlene Stein is the founder and Executive Director of the Terroir Symposium, a catalyst for creative collaboration and social and environmental responsibility in the hospitality industry. Since 2006, Terroir has convened international and Canadian industry leaders annually at a two-day symposium in Toronto—and since 2014 at off-shoot events across Europe and North America—for education, networking and inspiration. From her current home base in Berlin,

Arlene travels globally to research responsible food systems and gastronomic innovations.



Renée Lalonde currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Having spent 20+ years in sales management and public relations she has been responsible for strategic planning, innovative program development and execution on a global level. Renee has had the pleasure of working with a diverse roster of leaders in retail, marketing/advertising, fashion/beauty, travel/tourism and her personal favorite - the food & beverage and hospitality sectors. Her main objective in working with Terroir is to engage and help to connect the international culinary community through immersive experiential forums, tours and events.

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Kate Lewin COMMUNICATIONS @_katelewin_

Kate spent over 10 years working in London’s hospitality industry shaping her knowledge through running restaurants and events before moving into marketing and communications at some of London’s most popular restaurants. It's here that Kate discovered her passion for storytelling whether its for an exceptional product; a brilliant producer; or a local food custom that the world doesn’t yet know about.

After moving to Berlin, Kate joined Terroir to oversee communications for the European and international arms of the event programs.



President & CEO,
Culinary Tourism Alliance


Director of Community Engagement Culinary Tourism Alliance



Event Coordinator,
Culinary Tourism Alliance

Press engagement

Educational and informative, delegates attend Terroir forums to learn something they can use in their professional environments. As a component part of Terroir’s learning programs we engage a PR and media network that allows journalists to share the story of their regional Terroir experience.

We have proven track record of producing stories published in: The New York Times, The Guardian, Wallpaper, The Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, Wired, Imbibe Magazine, Fine Dining Lovers and many, many more.

Get in touch

For press and sponsorship enquiries email: renee@terroirtalk.org

For all other questions and general info email: kate@terroirtalk.org