We are Terroir!

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

The team



Arlene Stein is the Executive Director and Founder of Terroir Hospitality. Terroir started out in Toronto, Canada the was first of many worldwide to bring together influential chefs, restaurateurs, wine, and tourism professionals in a forum for professional development with an additional focus on food sustainability.  Toronto’s Terroir Symposium is currently in its 13th year and has over 1000 attendees from across North America and Europe. After moving to Berlin Arlene launched Terroir Hospitality -bringing her successful concept to Europe and overseeing programs in Berlin, Budapest, Warsaw and Tuscany.



Renée Lalonde currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Having spent 20+ years in sales management and public relations, she’s been responsible for strategic planning, innovative program development and execution on a global level. She’s 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

Kate spent over 10 years working in London’s hospitality industry shaping her knowledge running restaurants before moving into marketing and communications at some of London’s most popular restaurants. Here, she launched international bestselling cookbooks, developed innovative product lines, managed events, and overseeing marketing and communications for restaurants, in-house record labels and more.

After moving to Berlin, Kate joined Terroir to oversee communications for the hugely successful European event programme.

Press engagement

Educational and informative, delegates attend our forums to learn something they can use in their professional environments. As a component part of our 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