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A Taste of the Future 2015

2015 Fundraiser Dinner

Support Cal Poly's Center for Sustainability and meet a national leader of the natural foods industry!

Walter Robb

A Conversation
with Walter Robb
Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market

Chumash Auditorium
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo
Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m.


Join us this summer at Cal Poly for a one-of-a-kind dinner and celebration!

Cal Poly San Luis ObispoTICKETS:

To purchase tickets or make a donation, please go to EVENTBRITE.


To download a sponsorship form (PDF), please CLICK HERE.


About Walter E. Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods

With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods, ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991, and became Co-CEO in 2010. He often refers to his work not as a profession, but as a 'mission' to change the way people eat. The remarkable business success of Whole Foods is indeed leading the way within the food industry to a growing appreciation and demand for fresher, more healthful foods. Mr. Robb is passionate about Whole Foods' philosophy: "With great courage, integrity and love – we embrace our responsibility to co-create a world where each of us, our communities and our planet can flourish – all the while, celebrating the sheer love and joy of food by continually focusing on ways to improve the company and the community." Robb is an ardent organic advocate. He works his own organic garden and has served on the boards of directors for the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976. His blog can be found at:
We are honored to host Walter Robb at the Center for Sustainability's Taste of the Future dinner. Center director, Hunter Francis, will interview Mr. Robb on his work. To read more about Walter Robb's journey through the natural foods industry, please Click Here (PDF).


An unforgettable, gourmet farm-to-table dinner!

TOF dinnerTaste of the Future dinners are a veritable celebration of Central Coast food and farming that feature some of our region's most delicious and sustainably-raised foods and wines. We also highlight many of the products produced by students right here at Cal Poly. Guests at this year's event will dine on an array of delicacies prepared by leading local chefs:
Julie Simon of Foremost
Eric Olson of Allegretto
Shaun Behrens of Luna Red
, and more!

To view the evening's menu, please go to our TOF Menu Page.

Chumash Auditorium inside the University Union on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus.

University Union is location #65 on the campus map at:

Directions: To download a copy of the map and directions (PDF), please CLICK HERE.

Enter campus via Grand Ave at Slack St.

Proceed up Grand Ave and park in the Grand Ave Parking Structure (#130) in front of the Performing Arts Center or in the large outdoor parking lot (G-1). DO NOT BUY A PARKING PERMIT. Parking permits are not required after 5 pm on Fridays.

Exit the parking structure and head towards the University Union. (You may take the stairs down to Tahoe Road, or take elevators to the lowest level of the parking garage and follow the sidewalk next to Mott Gym – shown as red dashes above).

Enter the University Union building at entrance across from University Store. Proceed up the stairs on exterior of the building, or enter at ground level and take elevator to the second floor. The event will be held in the large Chumash Auditorium inside the University Union.

*Alternative entrance is located at the corner of Grand Ave and S. Perimeter Rd, next to the Mustang statue. This entrance will lead to Chumash Auditorium without the need to ascend stairs or an elevator.

To make advance arrangements for assistance at the event, please contact Center staff via email or phone (listed below).

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