What is Unwashed Food?



The world’s only participatory crowd-sourced food event where attendees get to pick the products that a company will produce and sell on store shelves.



The only line of foods designed for supermarket shelves by up-and-coming chefs.



A new way for people who care about where their food comes from and what’s in it to influence how and what the country eats.

Unwashed Food empowers everyday people, with the help of talented chefs, to have a say in the types of foods that make it to their kitchen tables.

Unwashed Members


During the course of his career, Jeff Pinsker founded two companies and sold three. Over the last 25 years, Jeff has focused primarily on consumer packaged goods, inventing and producing nearly 250 products that have sold more than 35 million units at retail. He is a seasoned media veteran, with more than 1,500 appearances on TV, radio, and in print, including full-length features in People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. Previous employers include Scholastic Corporation, Infinitoy, University Games, and JP Kids. He serves on numerous boards and is a mentor at SKU, an Austin-based CPG accelerator. Jeff is the author of 13 children’s books, and he holds a master’s degree and two undergraduate degrees from Stanford University.


Marshall grew up in the kitchen with his mother, a professional chef in Houston, TX. Appearing on a local TV show at age 8 to teach viewers how to make bread fueled his passion for food and launched a 17-year career in the food service industry. Having worked as a busboy, waiter, dishwasher, line-cook, and manager, Marshall understands the inner workings of the restaurant business and food-related industries.

Marshall worked as a Financial Advisor and Wealth Manager for 16 years, and was Executive Director of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. He is currently the Vice Echanson for the Austin Balliage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. Marshall serves, or has served, on numerous Boards including Austin Involved, Ballet Austin, the Downtown Austin Alliance and Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. He is a member in good standing of the Austin Club and the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association.


Brian was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where his grandparents owned and operated a restaurant for 26 years. In 2003, after graduating with his Bachelor of Accountancy, he moved to Austin.

In 2005, he was responsible for opening an upscale 120-seat restaurant and bar. As general manager for more than six years, Brian has hired, trained, and oversaw more than 60 employees. He implemented service and product quality standards, food and labor cost controls, and processed payrolls, monthly inventories and financial statements. In January 2012, Brian founded Genuine Article, a hospitality-focused bookkeeping and consulting company. Clients include: Contigo, Lenoir, Noble Sandwiches Co., Ramen Tatsu-ya, Hopfields, Foreign & Domestic, Drink.Well., Texas French Bread, Bufalina, Olamaie, Dai Due, Counter 357, Gardner, Garbo’s Lobster, Bribery, Metier Cook’s Supply, & VIA 313.


25 years of food service and manufacturing industry experience, specializing in Louisiana and ethnic cuisines, including over 20 years of Executive Chef Management experience. Talents actively sought to assist restaurateurs in back-of-house and food/menu planning, development, design and execution. Designed, planned and implemented food and beverage manufacturing facilities for clients nationwide.


Event producer, restaurant consultant, and Tedx speaker, Erickson co-owned three restaurants in the DC Metro area before relocating to Austin in 2011. From washing dishes at Pizza Hut as a teenager, to running his own restaurant and bars 15 years later, the food business is in his blood.

After migrating to the Lone Star State and selling his restaurants, he founded Trucklandia which hosts an annual $10,000 food truck competition that has taken place in the city for the past three years, and has benefitted local non-profits such as Austin Food for Life and Keep Austin Fed.

When he's not producing his own events, he provides event support for national clients including Verizon, Tracking Point, and the National Athletic Alliance.

Less a cook, more a team builder, he passionately believes that everyone deserves to have a life and business they love, and the good food to go along with it! Because of this, he hosts an online show, "The Brick & Butter Zone," which encourages, equips, and inspires Foodpreneurs to create effective and powerful businesses.

He sees Unwashed Food Festival as not only an exciting opportunity for local chefs to connect with new customers, but for them to see their products on the store shelves.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email us at weare@unwashedfood.com.

Unwashed Food is based in Austin, TX.

Ticket Reminder

Tickets are limited (honest—we promised the chefs they’d only have to feed a limited number of the Great Unwashed).

If you’d like us to email a reminder to you when tickets go on sale, please email us at iwanttobe@unwashedfood.com.

The Great Unwashed Food Festival

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